Reverend Walter Shaw, better known as Walt “Baby” Love, has been consistent in lending his unique blend of Christian faith, motivational and inspirational personal experiences to millions of listeners each week for over forty-four years.
Having been the host of three uplifting radio programs; The Countdown with Walt Baby Love aired for an unprecedented twenty nine years from August 1982 thru August 2011; Gospel Traxx for eighteen years(and still going strong) and The Urban AC Countdown for fifteen years. Walt has been heard on hundreds of radio stations around the world throughout his career.
Walt was raised in the small farming community of Creighton, Pennsylvania. Once graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Army and became a paratrooper. While on active duty in the army, he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant E-6, was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, and served in Northeast Thailand before being Honorably Discharged in 1967. Also, while on active duty, he landed his first job as a part-time on-air personality at WWGO radio in Erie, Pennsylvania. It was in the metropolis of Houston, Texas where he landed his big break at KYOK radio. He went on to become the first Black On-Air Talent at Top 40’s Powerhouse KILT radio owned by Lin Broadcasting Corporation, which was the largest Broadcasting organization in the state of Texas, at that time.
Within four years of being in the broadcasting industry, Walt became the first Black On-Air talent at RKO radio; hosting programs at CKLW radio in the Canadian province of Windsor, Ontario, and WOR-FM located in New York City. During this span of his career, he also held on-air positions at WNBC, WBLS, 99X, KHJ, KMPC, and KFI Los Angeles.
For twenty-one years, Walt worked at Radio & Records Newspaper as the Urban Radio and Music editor, while simultaneously starting his syndicated radio shows. In addition, he was an Operations Manager at Chicago’s WVON-AM and FM, worked at KGFJ/KKBT, and KUTE 102 FM of Los Angeles, all very popular stations.
In June 1997, Walt was ordained in the ministry at the First House of Prayer in Chicago. Later, he became an ordained Deacon at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, better known as (FAME). In addition to these accomplishments, Walt’s Countdown, featuring Walt “Baby Love” premiered in August, 1982, receiving Billboard Magazine’s Best R & B Syndicated Radio Show Award five times becoming the longest running urban syndicated radio show in history, which, at that time, he had over thirty-five years of experience. In 2001, Walt won the Stellar Award for Best Gospel Radio Personality; in 2002 he was nominated for the Radio Hall of Fame and also won Radio Personality of the Year from the Black Broadcaster’s Alliance.
In 2003, he won the Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance from the U.S. Army, Fort Stewart, Georgia/ Hunter Air Field Base home of the 3rd Infantry Division. Walt was also a two-time winner of the Community Activist Award at Fuller Theological Seminary; voted for Outstanding Achievement for the Praise and Worship Conference, and, won the Celebrated Leader in Gospel Music Award from the Gospel Heritage Foundation.
Walt received his Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California in 2005; he was once again nominated for the Radio Hall of Fame, and was voted one of the 30 Most Influential African Americans in Radio by Radio Ink Magazine.
This highly motivated man of God started a Non-Profit Organization entitled The Walt Love Lupus and Cancer Research Foundation, which has been functioning for the last ten years. In 2012, he was honored by Kansas City, Mo. 3rd District Councilman for his efforts, and, in July 2013, he was again honored by The Chattanooga, Tennessee City Council for the same benevolent efforts in their community. In congruence with this, Walt also does free Gospel Music Concerts as an outreach with local Churches all over the United States. Last, but not least, in 2007, Walt was the author of “The Gospel According to Reverend Walt “Baby” Love: Inspirations and Meditations from the Gospel Radio Legend (published by Simon and Schuster) and, if that was not enough, in that same year he commemorated his 25th year of the Countdown with Walt “Baby” Love.
Walt currently resides in Agoura Hills, California and continues to be a positive, well-known ministerial force within and without the walls of the Church nationally and internationally.
Catch Gospel Traxx on V101.5 every Sunday from 8am to 11am!