On July 31, just as the annual meeting was coming to a close in the mid afternoon hour, members of the Gospel Announcers Guild (GAG) received dreadful news. Its chairman, Al "The Bishop" Hobbs, 71, had lost his battle with cancer.
Hobbs was the faithful co-leader and organizer of National Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) that held its 44th annual conference in Atlanta this week. At the time of his passing he was also the Vice Chairman of the GMWA and he had never missed a convention in 40 years, having been diagnosed with cancer within the last three years and sidelined by the illness.
Hobbs contributed to the gospel industry as a long time radio DJ at WTLC in Inidiana, the President of his gospel record label Aleho Records, and the leader of the Indianapolis Mass Choir in the 1980s.
The GAG released an official statement about his passing and his legacy as follows:
AL “The Bishop” HOBBS
OFFICIAL PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM
GOSPEL ANNOUNCERS GUILD
OF THE GOSPEL MUSIC WORKSHOP OF AMERICA
It is with joy and sadness that we announce the home-going of our beloved GOSPEL INDUSTRY AFICIONADO, Dr. Al “The Bishop” Hobbs.
Al "The Bishop" Hobbs is simply one of the most interesting personalities you’re likely to ever cross paths with in this industry. Wearing as many hats as some specialty stores offer, Hobbs has earned the title of ‘Bishop’ with an empire to accompany it. He currently oversees the operation of two gospel record labels, serves as chairman of the Gospel Announcer’s Guild and serves as Vice-Chairman of the industry’s leading organization – the Gospel Music Workshop Of America, Inc. (GMWA), under the leadership of Bishop Albert Jamison.
Al is one of America's leading broadcasting, record company, Gospel music marketing, and sales executives. A recording artist, announcer, meeting planner, event coordinator, and successful entrepreneur, he was born June 4, 1943 in Decatur, Alabama. He is the father of Alex Carrington Hobbs, Asha Gabrellia Hobbs, and Bridgett Hobbs.
Arrangements for National and Local remembrances are pending and will be posted as soon as they are available.