Member Spotlight – Cari Kates

What led you to a career in the radio industry?

My high school theatre arts teacher suggested it and got me a scholarship to start school.


What advice would you give people new to the business?

Be thankful for the opportunity to work in a field that has an intimate connection to people’s lives by working hard and doing your best. It’s a huge chance to make a difference.


Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?

Matt Stockman. 🙂 His reputation goes before him. Smart programmer, hard worker, and just an all-around wonderful man/husband.


Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

Listening to Randy Chase (VP of Radio at EMF) describe the importance of their role in the Christian Music industry. He talked about how anyone programming music at EMF had to understand that every decision mattered because it was an honor and a responsibility that they must take seriously. When I told him I was so proud to hear that he understood that, he said “you taught me that.” And then I almost fell out of my chair because I realized he was actually listening from time to time!


Tell us about a story of a Christian song that made a difference in your life or the life of a listener.

Third Day’s “Take My Life” — That song altered my life path. A college friend gave me a ride to class and had that song playing. The words cut straight to my heart and I realized it’s what I wanted to say to God. That song gave me words to pray so that I could submit fully to Jesus. Just more proof that what we all get to do for a living changes lives!

Cari Kates
Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Education, CMB

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