“Praise In The City” is our public affairs program heard Saturdays on Praise 103.9 from 6-8 a.m. This show discusses and addresses issues affecting the Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware area and the nation. We make certain that there is a spiritual angle to our discussion. We want to empower, enlighten and bring hope to the lives of our listeners with “Praise In The City.”
Tiffany Bacon began her career in radio in 1990 while attending Temple University. The university radio station WRTI sparked a life long love for radio and broadcasting in general. She spend a few years at B101, more than a decade at Power 99FM and now she is happy to be the night jock at 107.9 WRNB and the host of two talk shows on Praise 103.9FM. Outside of her dedication to the field of broadcasting, Ms. Bacon serves as a high school Drama/Dance/Broadcasting teacher. She also founded and manages a improv theater troupe, which includes a few of her students. The iTheatre Company inspires and entertains audiences on a weekly basis. Ms. Bacon is inspired by and a big supporter of the performing arts. She has been an actress, dancer, choreographer, costume designer and director. Tiffany Bacon hopes to continue to share her gifts and knowledge while continuing to learn about herself through discovering the world.
Co-Hosted by: Tiffany Bacon
For the last 20 years, Marcos Mercado has devoted his life to helping people all over the world. Marcos answered his calling at the age of 16 when he started preaching at his local congregation in New York City, where he was born and raised. He graduated summa cum laude from Manhattan College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management. Over the last two decades, God has transformed him from a young zealot to a spiritual and mature man of God. He has worn many hats in his life; including that of a Full-time Minister, Preacher, Teacher, Motivational Speaker, and Marriage and Life Coach. Now, he is taking his seasoned experience and his passion for people on the airwaves via the weekly radio show “Marriage Beyond the Vows.”
Marcos’ God-given ability to minister to all-types of people has taken him on mission trips around the world. Marcos, who is fluent in both English and Spanish, has preached throughout South America and the Caribbean. He has also led life-changing marriage seminars throughout the country helping couples from all walks of life find healing and a future.
After helping to build a dynamic church of over 5,000 people in New York City, Marcos moved to the Philadelphia area in 2007 to lead a ministry in the heart of the city. He is happily married to his wife Amarillis, who serves alongside him as a Women’s Ministry Leader. They are the proud parents of two beautiful children ages eight and five.
Born Desiree Regina Neal, Dezzie graced this world on Sunday, November 13, 1977. She was raised in musically fertile Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city that birthed many musical geniuses such as Marian Anderson, Teddy Pendergrass, Jill Scott, The Roots, Patti Labelle and added among these names, Dezzie. She was the younger of two children. Dezzie grew up in a family of singers and entertainers, she was destined to be a star in her own rights. Harmonizing and revising traditional church hymns helped lay Dezzie’s musical foundation. Dezzie’s family recognized her gift and began to cultivate it. In hopes to protect her gift, Dezzie’s mother kept her under the covering of the church.
On one purposeful night, Dezzie’s career as an amateur singer would change to an artist. While attending a Christian cafe, Dezzie performed a song for the open mic portion of the café. Eric T Greene Sr., founder & CEO of End Tyme Productions, LLC, was in the crowd that night. Greene was blown away by Dezzie’s vocals and approached her after her performance and gave her the opportunity to record her 1st project Here I Am which captured the essence of today’s youth and the issues they struggle with. Dezzie allowed the Holy Spirit to use her and pour out his wisdom and comfort to anyone willing to listen. Dezzie is persistent with exposing the truth. She aims to shed light on the tricks and traps of the enemy. Her brutally honest message invokes self examination in an era where even modern medicine encourages people to write off flaws as some classified illness. Dezzie’s powerful lyrics reach for lives affected by familiar, but less talked about issues such as fornication, shame and idolatry. Dezzie’s 2nd project “Dying Daily.…A Journey Through Spiritual Growth” gets right down to it. As if she could get any more real, Dezzie takes the events of her life and pours them on wax for all to hear and be blessed. With hits like, “Good Morning Lord”, “Enough” and “Move”, this album was destined to ring bells.
Dezzie makes it a point to connect with the people listening to her minister. She shies away from the “holier than thou” image people tend to think of when they think of a minister. She constantly humbles herself while ministering, admitting that she is also a Christian that struggles. Acknowledging this walk isn’t always the easiest, but assuring her brethren that the struggle is well worth it. Whether you are listening for encouragement or waiting on God to deliver you from something, she identifies with all. She could very well show up to a gig looking for restoration, as well as, for a break through. Whatever her current season is bringing her, Dezzie shares what God is taking her through. Dezzie tries not to be confined by an “image”. Dezzie’s music and image exudes her mission, being free in Christ. She believes that one’s praise should not be confined to a box. Freedom of expression is necessary and important to worship God in Spirit and Truth. With eye brow raising outfits and equally shocking lyrics, Dezzie conveys that there is no one way to represent Christ.
Dezzie has been blessed throughout her journey. She has graced the same stages as numerous respected gospel prodigies such as Gabriel Hardeman, Jeff Murrell, Tye Tribbett and Greater Anointing, T-Wyse, Tamika Patton, The Firbee Sisters, Da Truth, Mary Mary, and has worked alongside well respected radio personalities such as Ed Long WDAS and Don Juan Banks Power 99 FM. Dezzie has also lent her talents to projects ranging from hosting talent showcases and composing stage play soundtracks to large city-wide events such as the United States Conference on Aids (10/2004), Unity Day (2003-2007), Gospel Fest (2006-2007), Mega Fest (2006), Penn’s Landing summer concert series(2004) and the 2004 “Peace on the Streets” rally.. Through it all, Dezzie has remained humble and steadfast in the Lord. She plans to continue pressing towards God’s ultimate will for her life.
Marcus C. Smith, known to the world as Brother Marcus is the latest addition to the Praise 103.9 line-up. He holds a Degree in Business Management from Berkeley College, a diploma in Theology from Urban Academy, Certification from the New York School of the Bible and was a student at Seminary of the East (Bethel Theological Seminary). He was very active within his church In New York as an Elder, Youth Director, former Worship Leader and Mentor. He was also a Substitute teacher for several years in South Jersey.
Brother Marcus was the former host of “The Focus Radio Show,” which was heard on on 800 AM, WIFI Vision Radio, as well as the Host for “The ARS Group Television Preview Show.” Some of his radio accomplishments include of “The Elements of Inspiration” on Praise 103.9’s sister station 100.3 The Beat, “Elements of Inspiration” on WIFI Radio 1460 AM, “Backline Magazine Radio Show” on WNWR 1540 AM, “On Solid Rock” WPEB Philly 88.1 FM, “Elements of Inspiration” on 720 AM The Rock, and “The Brother Marcus Show” on The Praise House Internet radio station.
The vision that God has given to Brother Marcus is to help people believe in themselves more then ever before, and to let them know they are not alone in this journey of life. Bro. Marcus does this by giving Elements of Inspirational words that motivate, encourage and inspire people of all walks of life to strive to be better and always trust God.
At the end of every broadcast, Bro. Marcus, The Radio Show Host Extraordinaire, leaves his faithful listeners with The Elements of Inspirational quotes. Then he signs off with this phrase, “Stay focused everybody, remember God loves you and so do I!” It’s your Brother talking … let’s spread that love.
Find more from Bro. Marcus at www.BrotherMarcus.com.