Every weekday from noon to 3:00 pm, listeners of “The Light” radio station can hear the voice of Anita “Boss Lady” Dean Arnette come through their speakers. During this time, Arnette tells stories, creates conversation with the callers, and worships in music with them. However, becoming a part of the “The Light” radio station family was a career she didn’t plan on having.
“I was in secular music for about 25 years and I didn’t want to work at a gospel station. I thought I was really doing a great thing and that I was really making my “mark in the community.” Little did I know this was not the plan God had for me. He was just preparing me for bigger and better things. God had spoken to me that if I trusted Him and believed in Him, my life would change for the better. Great things would happen,” stated Anita.
According to Anita, she had a dream that one day she would be on television, in magazines and newspapers. She knew God would elevate her to greater things.
“All those things have He planned for me have come true and much more. Everything is about God’s timing, not ours. I had the faith and I believed everything about that dream,” reflected Anita.
In 2000, Anita started working in sales and promotions at Truth Broadcasting, “The Light” radio station. By the next year, she was hosting the “Sunday Morning Praise” show and in 2013, her “Midday Gospel Praise” show debuted.
“I don’t write anything from the shows and just let God speak through me. Also, all the songs I play have messages in them. I just let go and let God,” said Anita.
Anita’s show philosophy has impacted many of her listeners. She hears stories all the time about how her messages and songs reached someone in some way. In addition, Anita makes sure everyone knows that nothing is too hard for God, and that she understands the challenges you are facing. She has experienced domestic violence, loss of hope, financial burdens, health issues, and a remarriage.
“Every day I’m on the air with people from the Triad and other cities. I listen to stories of people who have no hope, people who have lost a loved one, or are hurting. You hurt, I hurt and I cry with them. God brought me to this station with a purpose. He already knew the plans to encourage others. I made it out of my situations and you can, too” explained Anita.
On a mission for the Lord, Anita plans to use 2018 as the time to continue spreading God’s message of hope. She wants to encourage others to trust God and have faith. Anita credits God for opening the doors to share this lesson with the community through her Christmas Toy Drive, Thanksgiving Giveaway, and Mother’s Day Dinner. Also, she makes sure everyone she meets knows this story of how faith, hope, and love can change your life.
“God never gave up on me and He has ordained me to carry out His plan. There is only one God and He is black, white, green, whatever, and He is always available to people who believe,” commented Anita.
Anita is devoted to her family. She is married to Reverend Jerry Arnette and they attend Morning Star Baptist Church. They are the proud parents of five children: Tonya, Darnell, Jennifer, Rachel and Jeremy. They also have six grandchildren: Danielle, Derrell, Jadyn, Jordyn, R.J., and Bryson.
Anita Dean Arnette’s “Midday Gospel Praise” is on the air Monday through Friday from 12 pm to 3 pm on “The Light” 1340 am & 103.5 fm in Winston-Salem and 1400 am & 96.3 fm in Greensboro. For more information, visit: lightthetriad.com.