The Institutional Radio Choir was a gospel choir that recorded between 1962-2003. The choir began in 1954 at the Institutional COGIC in Brooklyn, NY, under Bishop Carl E Williams Sr. After recording an album entitled: "Well Done," the choir backed up Shirley Caesar on her two albums, I'll Go and My Testimony. Caesar allotted the choir's director two songs on the album, one of which was entitled (When Trouble Comes) Stretch Out. The song went on to become a gospel standard, especially in Pentecostal circles. The choir went on to record over 20 albums, most of which charted in the Top 10 on the Gospel Billboard charts. The choir was originally led by two brothers Alfred White and JC White, they were later joined by John Hason, a pianist for James Cleveland. After their departure in 1979, the choir was led by I. "Butch" Heyward and Carl Williams Jr. They dominated the radio both through airplay of their songs and a 10:30 PM church broadcast every Sunday night on WWRL. They were dubbed "The Hitmakers" by gospel radio DJ Joe Bostic and received numerous awards and recognition including a gold record for "Stretch Out," the Joe Bostic Award for "One More Day" and a Dove award nomination in the later years. In 1985, the choir participated in the off-Broadway classic The Gospel at Colonus along with Morgan Freeman, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Soul Stirrers, J.J. Farley, The J.D. Steele Singers, Clarence Fountain, and Carl Lumbly.The choir's music is often covered by other artists such as: "2 Chronicles (This is the Answer)", "New Born Soul", "One More Day", "I Can't Help But Serve the Lord", and "Keys to the Kingdom". They were known for their dynamic lead singers, spirited delivery, and upbeat "shout" songs. Their last album was recorded in 2003 entitled "Just Have Church." As of 2013, their music is available on iTunes.