Gerard Bonner is a native of Monticello, New York. The oldest of the three children, Bonner graduated Monticello High School in 1993, and continued his education at Virginia Union University, earning his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics. He graduated in 1997, as the valedictorian of his class with a 4.0 GPA, the first student to accomplish this in 50 years.
While in college, Bonner met and began a partnership with three friends in a chat room. In 1997, that partnership birthed Gospelflava.com, which stands as the leading informational website in the gospel music industry, garnering 12 million hits per month. As co-founder and associate editor of the website, Bonner provides reviews for the newest albums within the gospel music industry, while interviewing and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, and many other of the industry’s most popular acts. In addition, Bonner spent four years with Rejoice 100.9 hosting an entertainment segment before serving as co-host of Morning Praise with Mike Chandler. During his tenure, the station was nominated four times as Stellar Award Radio Station of the Year, winning that award in 2007 and 2009. Bonner also hosted The Gospel Beat, an entertainment segment which aired in Pittsburgh, PA, New Haven, CT, and Nashville, TN.
In 2009, he launched his own photography venture called Bonnerfide, with exposure already on Gospelflava.com and BET.com. Over the years, he has handled event photography for the Stellar Awards, BET‘s Bobby Jones Gospel, Picnic At The Pavilion, and The Hero Tour (featuring Kirk Franklin & Mary Mary), along with numerous celebrations and recordings.
In September 2009, Gerard Bonner launched Bonnerfide Radio, a 24/7 days a week internet radio broadcast that has raised the bar for the presentation of radio in the Christian marketplace. Housed at BonnerfideRadio.com, what began as a 2 hour daily show has expanded to a full-fledged Internet radio station with worldwide reach and appeal. Since it’s 2009 launch, the station now houses multiple daily shows crossing multiple musical genres while providing inspiration, information, and entertainment to the masses.
All shows for the station are available on demand via iTunes podcasts and at BonnerfideRadio.com. The site has had nearly 300,000 visits and over 500,000 page views, with listeners in all 50 states and over 125 different countries. Fusing the latest in inspirational music, Bonnerfide Radio provides a balanced presentation of the Christian experience with innovation and creativity.
Bonnerfide Radio is the only Internet Radio station to be nominated five consecutive years as Internet Radio Station of the Year by the Stellar Awards. In addition, the station has been recognized as Internet Radio Station of the Year by the Gospel Music Worship of America (2010) and the Gospel Blue MIC Association (2014) as well as Christian Hip-Hop Station of the Year by the Kingdom Choice Awards (2013). Bonner has also racked up a number of achievements, including the iShoutForJoy.com Trailblazer Award (2010), Central South Announcer Achievement Award (2011), and Genius For Men Honoree by the Insight Initiative Inc. (2011). He is also a Stellar Award nominee for Radio Announcer of The Year.
With a passion for excellence, Bonner loves the opportunity to encourage others to realize their full potential and live their dreams. He envisions creating an impact that cannot be erased using several mediums, mainly music. Bonnerfide Radio is a vehicle that will continue to establish him as a driving force in the industry, providing a platform of influence to both emerging and signed artists. His interest lies in people seeing the Kingdom presented in excellence and high quality. The purpose assured, the opportunities endless, Bonner is creating an influential legacy that cannot be denied.