Tracy Bethea began her illustrious radio career in 1987 in the newsroom of the legendary WDIA in Memphis. As she progressed in her career, she became the female voice of Gospel on WDIA and for 10 years was lovingly known by her audience as The Young One.
In the late 1990âs, Tracy was offered the chance of a lifetime, to help launch a 24 hour AM gospel station that featured a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary Gospel music. She served as the Chief Operator of AM 990 The Light and one of its top radio personalities.
Tracyâs success with the station is noted nationally and she was given the coveted Stellar Award Winner for Announcer of the Year in 1997 and 2016 . In 2002, she was a part of the Clear Channel launch of 95.7 Hallelujah FM in Memphis. Tracy currently serves as the Mid-South Region Brand Coordinator of Gospel for iHeart Media and hosts her On-Air afternoon show from 2-7pm. In 2010, she joined the preliminary judging team for BET Sunday Best Talent Competition and served as a board member of the Memphis & Shelby County Commission. In 2015 she was inducted into the Emissaries of Memphis Music presented by the City of Memphis.
This radio veteran is a member of SAGMA, the Dove Awards as well as the Memphis Association of Black Journalists, and has furthered her media pursuits as sought after consultant, facilitator for the Gospel Music Workshop of America's GAG, and motivational speaker. She has co-hosted countless radio and panel sessions. She is the instructor at the K.T. Whalum Jr. School of Public Speaking.
Tracy, who is married, and an active member of the New Olivet Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Kenneth T. Whalum Jr., strives to bring excellence to the gospel industry by the adage, To thine own self be true.