The Gospel Music Collection of Kenneth S. Bates, 1953-2005 consists primarily of audio cassette tapes within the Gospel/Christian
tradition, radio program recordings from 1980 to the mid 2000’s, a collection of Gospel LP recordings, and a modest number
of compact discs. The collection also includes one box of personal documents.
Kenneth S. Bates (1925-2005) was a Southern Baptist pastor and radio broadcaster. He was ordained in August 1953 and preached
for 15 years at the Andersonville Chapel Missionary Church, then for two years at North Ridge Baptist Church, Dayton, OH.
He was a minister at the First Southern Baptist Church (FSBC) in Rushville for 36 years. The Bates Gospel Hour, recorded at
FSBC on Sunday evenings and moderated by Rev. Bates, was aired on WKWH twice a week. Previously the program was broadcast
by a Greensburg station for a total of 35 years in radio ministry. The program ceased broadcasting in 2007.
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