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Dr. Bobby Jones has the longest continuous running original series on cable television, which he said does not come without challenges.

Jones, 75, recently returned to BET for the 34th year of his show, “Bobby Jones Gospel.” Since the show airs at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday mornings, many people who would tune in are attending their respective church services.

For this reason, Jones hopes that his program can garner a prime time slot, which has not proved to be an easy feat.

“I think that’s a consistent challenge to ensure that we’re on at an appropriate time for all of the audience to be able to catch us other than being able to DVR it,” Jones told CP. “I’m not saying 9 a.m. is not prime time, but a lot of people are in church 9 a.m. I probably would like to see an evening show on Sunday.”

Still, the host of two gospel television and radio shows who started on BET when the network formed in 1980 has faith that enables him to continue his duties on “Bobby Jones Gospel.”

“My faith has kept me there because I understand that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. I quote those passages and do that with an understanding, so I know that faith is essential for anything to develop,” Jones told CP. “In the Christian world you must have faith, so I understand that. That’s how it undergirds my ability to go forth in that manner.”

The show premiered last week with gospel artist Kirk Franklin bringing his brand of humor to host alongside Jones, who showcased his ability to bridge the gap between veteran and new gospel artists.

Veteran musicians like Vicki Yohe, Twinkie Clark and Moses Tyson graced the same stage as up-and-coming artists Tasha Page Lockhart and The Walls Group during the premiere episode with Jones at the helm. Jones believes it is important to showcase the different generations of talent in the gospel music industry and promises some new and exciting things for the program’s broad audience in its 34th year.

“You know you have to keep doing, keep reintroducing yourself to people … and people will see a lot of interesting new features this time,” Jones told The Christian Post. “We always have something very different on these shows and that’s what I think is another reason why this show maintains itself.”

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