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Gospel Music Channel announced several carriage deals Tuesday in advance of its Oct. 30 debut.

Along with upcoming launches in Cox Communications Inc. markets, the fledgling network announced carriage agreements with Cable Management Associates, Jackson Energy Authority and PurDigital Media.

Gospel said more than 30 cities will have access to the network by year-end.

The network will feature music-video blocks, artists' biographies, music specials and live concerts highlighting all styles and genres of gospel music, targeted to all age groups and demographics.

“With so many networks vying for channel space, it is unique to have one entertainment channel that establishes itself as the premier category brand -- one that is able to satisfy such a wide and diverse audience,” Gospel vice chairman Brad Siegel said in a prepared statement.