What led you to a career in the radio industry?
Totally an accident. I was working in church ministry and my local Christian station allowed local organizations to come record their own PSA’s for events. The DJ who recorded me said my spot was really well written and I sounded great. He went on to let me know there was a part time job opening – I applied and got the job! (Shoutout to Al and Michelle Ross at KSWP!)
What advice would you give people new to the business?
Don’t Do It! – if you don’t absolutely love serving others. You will burn out and quit unless doing ministry is something that gives you purpose and brings you joy.
Give a shout out to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Don’t roll your eyes because I’m choosing my boss, but Troy West is absolutely a amazing programmer and just a great person to be working with daily. He inspires everyone to hold a high standard of excellence, gives his employees the freedom to do their best work and is a living example of how to be a team player. (plus, I mean, he hired me. ha)
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
My most significant accomplishment of my career might be that I quit my dream job. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made but it was totally the right one. I was in a place that just wasn’t healthy or productive so I walked away. Thankfully, that decision actually led me down a path that has brought me to some of the best opportunities and friendships of my career.
Tell us about a story of a Christian song that made a difference in your life or the life of a listener.
Without question, one of the most impactful songs of my life was Switchfoot – “This Is Your Life.” I was in college and trying to make a lot of big decisions. While feeling pressure to do what other people thought I was “supposed” to do, that song helped me feel empowered to make the decisions that would help me actually be the person I believe I was created to be. It has led me to make some pretty scary decisions but I believe that trusting that little voice inside is the only way I’ll ever experience any true peace or contentment in this life. (Or maybe the Cartoon Song…)
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