Many gospel music lovers get their official “wake-up call” on Sundays from a couple with strong ties to Rockingham County.
Brother Paul & Able Mable Scott are the Sunday morning “First Light,” high-energy, gospel show on 90.1 WNAA-FM Radio that encourages listeners to sing, dance, and be inspired by favorite songs and musicians.
Faithful fans of the Greensboro-based radio show can meet and talk with the couple on April 27 at the Madison-Mayodan Recreation Department as they emcee a day-long “Bringing the Neighbor Back to the Neighborhood” event.
Sponsored by The Beauty of Madison No. 383 Order of the Eastern Star, the event will be at the recreation center, 300 S. Second Ave., Mayodan.
The event will include the presentation of colors by the Morehead High School ROTC, National Anthem by Jerry Lowe, and talks by Sharon Galloway from Rockingham Community College, Erselle Young on the Rockingham County Schools’ Summer Food Program and local and county leaders.
Musical performances include Hubert Lawson and the Blue Grass Country Boys, followed by Robert Tilley and the Hard Time Band, guitarist Jason Corrigans, Little Bethlehem Christian Church Gospel Choir and three groups from Beulah Baptist Church — Mass Choir, Praise Team and Male Chorus.
At 3 p.m., Madison Town officials will take on Mayodan Town officials at the Twin-City Rivalry Basketball Game.
“This will be a day filled with food, fun and fellowship,” said Worthy Matron Mary D. Martin. She said the Scotts will be on hand until the program ends at 6 p.m.
Born in Springfield, Tenn., Paul Scott graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with an undergraduate degree in industrial management and a master’s degree in instructional technology from N.C. A&T University. Initially, he took a supervisory position at Cargill Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1978, he became production supervisor when Miller Brewing Company opened the can plant in Reidsville.
Eventually, Miller sold the plant to Reynolds Metals Co., then they sold it to Ball Corp. Paul retained his job throughout all the transitions, attaining the position as warehouse supervisor until Ball Corp closed the facility in 2017. He now is a licensed agent for U.S. Health in Greensboro.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mable Scott majored in communications at UT-Knoxville and earned her master’s degree in adult education and PhD in leadership studies from A&T. She wrote commercials and did promotions at Plough, RKO General, and Viacom broadcasting companies, working with the famous DJ Rick Dees.
The couple met in college in Tennessee. Mable and her roommate and Paul and his roommate were close friends “and seemed to always end up at the same place,” with Paul and Mable becoming dancing partners, Mable said.
They were married in 1981.
When Mable moved to Greensboro, she was immediately hired to work with television legend Lee Kinard at WFMY-TV. Since then, she has worked for Guilford County Schools, A&T and Rockingham County government.
“Radio has always been a part of my life,” Mable said. Part of her public relations job at A&T was a public affairs call-in show for the university station. She also did a weekly gospel show for the station. Paul became a volunteer at the station and soon moved into his own slot with a gospel music show.
When Mable left A&T eight years ago to become public information officer for the Rockingham County Government, the radio station program director suggested blending their two gospel shows into one.
“I knew what was going to happen,” Mable said. “I knew Paul was going to take over because somebody has to be the leader.”
The dynamic Scott duo keeps their Sunday morning listeners informed about weather conditions and apparel suggestions, the time, hot news, special events, and playing their listeners’ musical requests.
“Brother Paul,” as he is known on the program, has questions of the day and riddles for listeners to call in and answer. “Able Mable” has a birthday club and does special shout-outs to “Birthday Babies” for the upcoming week.
“It’s fun,” Mable said. “People call in and say what we are playing is exactly what they needed to hear. We try to deliver positive messages that everything is going to be all right. You’re going to make it. There is so much negativity, people enjoy hearing something positive.”“It is such a joy every Sunday morning to hear from people all over the Piedmont Triad and beyond,” she said.