Tre` Thomas will reach a milestone in his radio career when Love Ludes airs its 100th episode on Monday, July 15. The show, which airs on BonnerfideRadio.com has become of the most popular shows on the station.
Thomas, a gospel recording artist whose latest album, “Finally’ was released last year, spoke with the DC Gospel Music Examiner about Love Ludes, the gospel community’s response and his plans for the show.
Reaching 100 episodes is probably not something Tre` Thomas envisioned when he picked up the microphone 99 episodes ago. Episode #1 was titled “What is Love?” It was the audience’s introduction to a show that did more than just play songs about love, it talked about love. The fact that he has reached this point allowed him to reflect.
“I don’t even know how to feel about it. It’s been a lot of work. Starting the show I guess I really didn’t know what to expect. It’s been a journey. I think doing the type of show that it is; a love show that talks about different aspects of love it kind of puts you in a different position. For me, its not just talking about these topics, it’s about actually having to go through it and experience it. That people can not only hear what your saying, but understand what you’re saying. It’s definitely been a journey.”
How do you think the show has evolved? “I think the show has evolved for me as a radio personality. I’ve evolved, getting into my groove, getting into a flow as a radio personality and DJ. The type of conversations have gone deeper and deeper. We’ve talked about relationships, breakups, the whole circle of love, because love doesn’t always feel good. We’ve gone through that whole circle. I call it the ‘lesson plan of love’; going around in that circle and helping people understand the different perspectives that we all deal with and not necessarily talk about. I think that’s been the evolution. We’ve gone through all the emotions of love in 100 shows.”
What challenges have you encountered along the way? “When it first started it was accepted more than I thought it would be. It has been a challenge in terms of the whole gospel community really understanding what I’m doing and them not putting me outside of the box, in terms of my doing a ministry because they are R&B songs. Sometimes I do gospel, but those are scattered. So sometimes it’s hard for them to embrace it. It’s not your average gospel show, even though I’m a gospel artist. The challenge is getting the gospel artist community to embrace it as ministry too. I think that’s just part of who I am as an artist. My approach to the whole idea of ministry is different.”
The resistance Thomas faced from some within the gospel community is not unlike that faced by Fred Hammond when he released “God Love and Romance.” The fact that Hammond’s album debuted #1 and Thomas is approaching his 100th episode appears to be confirmation that matters of the heart do have a place within the lives of the saints. Thomas offers a bit of clarity about Love Ludes.
“It’s just me using wholesome music whether its R&B, jazz or country. I use all genres of music to convey whatever topic we’re talking about for that week. It’s still in the confines of ministry, but sometimes I think our approach doesn’t always have to be so religious or churchy. We can use different avenues or different styles or different approaches to still talk about the idea of love. I think it’s an idea that we know about, but it’s not something that we all understand or we even talk about. In talking about it we learn a lot, we grow a lot. I think it’s just an opportunity to use a different approach to get us back to the idea of love which should be our focus anyway.”
Thomas is not resting on his laurels. He is already looking at ways to further enhance the show for listeners. “I really would like to start bringing in or involving other people in the show. Right now its just me asking questions and we chat and I give my points to ponder. I want to start involving other people like authors or speakers who kind of do what I do and just start conversations. I think that would be a good addition to the show.”
He would also love to see “Love Ludes” break into terrestrial radio. “I think Love Ludes would do well on terrestrial radio I think. It would be marketable. That is a desire of mine so hopefully one day that door will open.”
In the meantime, join Tre` Thomas in celebrating Love Ludes’ 100th episode by tuning in at 9 p.m. Monday, July 15 at www.bonnerfideradio.com/listen-live.
“Finally” is available on iTunes, CDBaby and all other digital outlets. For more information on Tre’ Thomas, visit www.trethomas.com
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