What is your favorite song?
CCM: Walking on Water, Needtobreathe / non-CCM: The Sugarhill Gang ‘Rapper’s Delight’
What is the last book you’ve read?
Seth Godin is one of my favorite writers. The one I just finished is Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us.
What led you to a career in radio?
I went to my parent’s alma mater and, despite them not having a theater major, ended up falling in love with the campus radio station. I changed my major to communications and the rest is history.
What advice would you give people new to the business?
Seek out the brightest in the biz and talk with them as frequently as they’ll let you. I’ve been fortunate to learn so much over the years from people like John Frost, Tommy Kramer, Jon Hull, Ty McFarland and the folks in my own hallways like Jerry Woods, Johnny & Stacey Stone, and Kevin Krueger.
Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
I’ve got a ton of respect for Scott Herrold. He’s got a servant leader’s heart and a love for his local community. Everything he and his team do to love on their community and super serve them is awesome to see. I also love the brainstorming sessions he has with others in the industry to workshop ideas, imaging, promotions. Iron sharpens iron.
How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
Lately, I’ve taken up biking. It’s great exercise and gives me time to think or listen to other stations around the country. I also spend time talking to friends who are very casual listeners to the station but are in the demo. It’s a great way to practice ‘outside in’ thinking.
Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Neither…Alexa is my girl 🙂 But it’s in the Amazon family so…Echo.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I still get an opportunity to write and produce imaging for the station. That’s probably my favorite part of the job.
Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
I’m a fan of Brant Hansen (and Sherri). He’s himself on and off the air – quirks and all. I like the fact that he’s vulnerable, hilarious, insightful, odd, and a deep thinker. He’ll talk with the same vigor and passion about God’s love as he will about his love for toast. It’s endearing, creative, and refreshing to have honest conversations about faith in a way that doesn’t alienate the casual listener.
What was your last non-industry job?
It goes back awhile but before college I worked in the acquisitions department for Georgetown University’s law library.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
It’s not mine to take credit for but seeing the WGTS team approach one of the biggest malls in the DC area about doing a free Christian concert on their Plaza (at their expense) and hearing artists like Mandisa, Colton Dixon, and Danny Gokey essentially give the gospel message in a public square is pretty significant.
Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
It’s random but you can use aluminum foil to get wrinkles out of your clothes faster. Just remove the fabric cover on the board, stretch a long sheet of aluminum foil across it, and pull the fabric cover back on top. When you iron, the foil reflects the heat so you end up ironing out the wrinkles on both sides of your clothes all at once. I also have a recipe for cooking salmon in the dishwasher…but that’s for another time #lifehack
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Cerulean. It used to be part of the box. I think I just like the name – blame it on The Devil Wears Prada.
WGTS – Program Director
CMB Silver Member Since 2014