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Jun 27, 2016

2016 WIDU Anniversary to be headlined by Gospel superstars Kirk Franklin and Donnie Mcclurkin

For decades, WIDU has brought quality, faith-based programming to Cumberland County and the surrounding area culminating each year in a week-long anniversary celebration. This year’s main event is headlined by multiple GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar Award-winning recording artists Kirk Franklin and Donnie McClurkin in the Crown Coliseum Saturday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m. This is the first time Kirk Franklin has played the Crown Coliseum since 2001.

Ticket prices for the October 8 concert start at $20 and will go on sale to the public Friday, July 8 online at CrownComplexNC.com and at the Crown Complex Box Office. A limited number of discounted group tickets will be available by calling 910.438.4123. A limited number of multi-event packages starting at $30 are also available.

For nearly two decades now, Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling purveyor of majestic fusions of gospel and contemporary music, and a mirror of Christian humanity boldly reflecting what one faith walking man can accomplish when he focuses on God and taps deep into the gifts He gives. Franklin is a pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, uniting audiences across gospel, hip hop, pop and R&B. His irresistible rhythms and rhapsodies have resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard's Gospel and Christian charts, as well as ascend triumphantly into the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart. His unprecedented penetration into the mainstream has fortified him to also become a New York Times bestseller author for The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms (Gotham/Penguin). Franklin is also the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show "Sunday Best," the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history now heading into its fourth season. To date, the musical trendsetter has garnered nine GRAMMY® Awards; an American Music Award; 39 Stellar Awards (gospel); 16 Dove Awards (CCM); eight NAACP Image Awards; two BET Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and numerous others.

In addition to the Anniversary Celebration Concert on October 8, the following events will be hosted at the Crown Complex in support of the WIDU Anniversary:

Thursday, October 6 at 12:00 p.m.
Crown Expo Center
Women’s Empowerment Luncheon featuring host/psalmist Dorinda Clark Cole

Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Crown Coliseum
Carolina’s Best

Friday, October 7 at 9:00 a.m.
Crown Expo Center
Prayer Breakfast

Friday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Crown Coliseum
Traditional Gospel Night

Saturday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m.
Crown Coliseum
WIDU Anniversary Celebration featuring Kirk Franklin and Donnie Mcclurkin

Due to exponential growth over the last few years, Traditional Gospel Night Concert and Carolina’s Best will be held in the Crown Coliseum for the first time.

About WIDU
WIDU 1600 AM and the WE-DO Radio Network is owned & operated by Wes and Sandy Cookman, based in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  WIDU has served Fayetteville NC as a community based radio station since 1958.  Today's WIDU programming focuses on Local, State & National News, Local Talk Radio, Local church services on weekends, and Inspirational Gospel Music.  Their company WE-DO Productions has presented and produced faith based, family friendly events for 25 years.

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