Louis and Teresa Bland are a God-fearing couple who were called and chosen by God to accomplish this great mission of spreading the Gospel through music. They answered the call and since moving to Arizona from Chicago in 1997 have been obedient and faithfully laboring to do just what God told them to do. They have two beautiful children together, Terrence C. Bland (21) and Loren C. Bland (10).
President & CEO, Henri-Delta Company, LLC, and
General Manager and Radio Host Personality, Gospel860 AM
Louis W. Bland is president of Henri-Delta Company, LLC, and general manager and radio host personality of Gospel 860 AM. He has more than 17 years of experience in radio operations and programming. A licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel for some 25 years, Bland’s career also includes more than 21 years in finance and education.
Born and reared in Chicago, Ill., Min. Bland’s entire life has revolved around the Christian church and gospel music. Today he makes his home in Arizona where he endeavors to spread the Word of God and deliver great gospel music throughout the Valley of the Sun. In 1999, he and his wife, Teresa, founded the Henri-Delta Company LLC, to do just that.
Through Henri-Delta, in February 2009, the couple launched Gospel860 AM, along with Internet sites www.gospel860.com and blog site www.wordpress.gospel860.com, all of which are devoted to gospel music and Christian programming.
Bland started his career in radio operations in October 1998 as a board operator at KXEG radio station in Phoenix, Ariz. He was soon promoted to assistant to the program manager and served as acting manager in the program manager’s absence. His responsibilities included all facets of operations: operating the main control room board, monitoring the transmitter, creating and preparing commercials, pre-recorded programs, program opening and closing segments, as well as providing superb service to clients.
Within a month of starting at KXEG, Bland leased air time from the station to launch his own program, “Moments of Inspiration,” playing the very best in gospel music. The hosted program earned him a nomination for Gospel Radio Announcer of the Year. Buoyed by the tremendous response from listeners, Bland answered the call to start his own station, Gospel740 AM, in July 2004, giving his audience 24/7 access to gospel music. His listenership grew, and testimonials and positive feedback streamed in, but shortly after it started, the station abruptly ended when its contract was breached.
With more faith than funds, Min. Bland was forced to put his dream on hold but never lost hope. He knew what God had called him to do, and knew He would be provided another radio station opportunity. Min. Bland stayed connected to the radio industry and in February 2006 launched Gospelradio1, an Internet radio station. He faithfully worked with the Internet station until the Lord blessed him, “just as He said He would,” with another local radio station. His ultimate reward came Feb. 1, 2009, when the Lord blessed him to again bring gospel music to Arizona on a 24/7 basis.
Before joining the radio industry, Min. Bland’s career included a number of financial positions with increasing responsibilities at The Northern Trust Bank of Chicago, Sonicraft, Montgomery Ward and Safeway. He also spent a short time teaching in the Chicago Public School system and for Atop Academy in Arizona.
He and his beautiful wife, Teresa, their handsome, 6’4″ son, Terrence “Sweet T” and their adorable daughter, “Sweetness” Loren (The Boss) are devoted to the success of Gospel860 AM, so that God will get all the glory, honor and praise because He alone is worthy of it all.
His radio broadcast is designed to provide encouragement, as well as inspirational music in the Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding areas with the latest in traditional, contemporary and urban gospel music.
As a young child growing up in Chicago, Frank grew up with five sisters and two brothers that were in the household of parents Robert and Joetta Walton. Frank would rise early on Sunday mornings to accompany his dad, the late Robert E. Walton to the radio station where the Walton Brothers would sing live over radio station WHFC currently known as WVON. His job was to answer the telephone, and take prayer requests for the radio host, renowned late Isabel Joseph Johnson. Eventually, due to the popularity and growth, the program was moved to a car dealership and subsequently to a funeral home to accommodate the “LIVE” audience. The owners of car dealership and the funeral home were supporters of gospel and provided their facilities to accommodate the early Sunday morning gospel music lovers. This had an influential impact on Frank that was actually realized later as he became an adult.
Later, after returning from college in Nebraska, Frank connected with the Christ Tabernacle Church in Chicago, Pastor Milton Brunson of the famed Thompson Community Singers. Rev. Brunson’s all day Saturday broadcast prepared you for Sunday church worship in which Pastor Brunson hosted a distinctive format. The format uniqueness was something that he shared with Frank and his encouragement was proven to be effective over the years.
As a result of working in corporate America, Frank was afforded opportunities to travel and ultimately relocated to Minneapolis. This is where a visually impaired Joe Sorenson officially acquainted Frank with the board at KMOJ radio. While watching Joe, doing this without physically seeing the board, Frank could only think being able to see, he should be able to master the process. This meant no dead air and running a tight board. The Sunday and Saturday morning program was called “Spirited Sunrise” signifying, the beginning of the new day with the Holy Spirit.
Frank’s professional career landed him in Seattle / Tacoma, Washington. His radio debut for Seattle included coverage for anoouncers on vacation during the summer of 1993 at KRIZ/KZIZ radio. Thanks to the late Bonnie Dee recommendation he was offered the Sunday afternoon slot where he served for nearly 20 years.
The opportunity to reach people in times of sadness and gladness; joy and sorrow; sickness and health; or whatever their circumstances with inspirational music became Frank’s mission. It is Frank’s desire to encourage and inspire people with a positive message of hope and the joy of Jesus. Producing a quality program that reaches the entire family with an inspirational message is his weekly goal.
Frank is the founding president of the Seattle Area Gospel Announcers Guild including membership categories for radio announcers, retailers and record labels covering British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
After relocating to the “North-northwest”, Frank was interviewed by the Seattle Weekly newspaper and was asked to describe Gospel Music. During this interview, he looked around at all the rain and stated “Gospel Music is much like holding an umbrella as the rain drops from Heaven. There are multiple rungs with additional branches, each coming back to the main point, the “Good News.” The description of the music is a covering for all who will center their lyrics on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no better music than the good news of the gospel message that provides so much hope, inspiration, encouragement, comfort and joy.
Frank provided support to the Pierce County area through The Salvation Army in Tacoma / Pierce County as he served in the position of Director, Business Operations. All of his professional activities are centered on ministry with the role as National Director of Field Sales after providing many years of regional support for Urban Ministries, Inc. the African American Christian Publishing and Communications Company. Frank currently serves as Director of Digital Sales for Urban Ministries, Inc. He was an active Rotarian member with the Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club and Tacoma / Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.
His previous employment includes positions in finance, sales, manufacturing, distribution and customer services with Xerox Corporation for over 25 years. Prior to Xerox, he was active in the Chicago area as a District Executive, Boy Scouts of America.
In addition to his professional involvement, Walton married his high school sweetheart, the late Sylvia (Nicks) and resided in the SeaTac area with their two children Frank II and Lakeisha.
He is active in church, professional associations and community affairs. As a member of the Martin Luther King Memorial Baptist Church in Renton, he serves in several capacities. He is a licensed minister with a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Faith Theological Seminary. Frank is also a musician, and has previously served as Diaconate Chairperson during pastoral transition, Sunday School Superintendent, Budget Committee member and Men’s Fellowship Group. He has also been engaged in prison outreach ministry and youth programs.
He also owns and operates several businesses, and an Authorized Reseller, Consultant and Trainer for PowerChurch Software providing church financial and administrative services through Financial Christian Services. Frank’s previous involvement includes the Gospel Music Channel and a member of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards Academy and currently hosts a Saturday afternoon program in Phoenix, Arizona.
Prior to moving to the Northwest, Frank was active in the Chicago land area with similar activities. His participation with the religious community and church are consistent with his activities in the Northwest. He served on the Probation Challenge-Board of Directors (a program designed to help first time offenders and by providing education versus incarceration), Chairman of the Xerox Concerned Black Employees (caucus group providing support and training to members in sales, career development and personal growth, as well as community programs like Probation Challenge.)
During June 2003, he received the National Jitsuo Morikawa Evangelism Award in Richmond, Virginia from the American Baptist Churches of America for leadership by a layperson in holistic evangelism, which includes a gospel radio ministry. Frank was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio on November 2007. Other awards include the GMWA/GAG Gospel Announcer of the Year, 2006 Aunt Pauline Wells Award and 2005 Deacon Willie McKinstry Award (both in honor of renowned broadcasters who exemplied commitment to community and infectious spirit of sharing the good news through the media of Gospel Music) from the Gospel Music Workshop of America – National Gospel Announcers; 2005 People’s Gathering Media Award; Apostolic Clergy Advisory Council 2004 Good Shepherd Award; MLK Church Man of the Century Award and other acknowledgements for his effective leadership in the community.
Well respected for his integrity and unique leadership style that challenges others to reach their greater potential. It is his desire to leave this world a better place and to make positive contributions via the church community. Reaching, Teaching, Winning and Maturing others in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Frank’s key phrase is “I was downsized to be right sized by God and enjoying this season with focus on ministries.”
Vice President and CFO – Henri-Delta Company, LLC
Teresa loves the Lord, and her calling is to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, to fully support her husband, Rev. Bland, in his calling and to be a blessing to the body of Christ by fulfilling God’s purpose for her life.
Her professional background consists of more than 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management. She has served as director of finance for McDonald Corporation’s West Division since 2004. She joined McDonald’s at its Oak Brook, Ill., headquarters in 1990 as an accountant and subsequently held a number of progressively responsible positions with the company. In 1997, she was blessed to relocate her family to Phoenix, Ariz., when she accepted a promotion within McDonald’s as a Regional Controller – a move she acknowledges was by divine order.
Teresa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and is a certified public accountant, licensed in Illinois.