Member Spotlight – John Scaggs

What is your favorite song?
“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. However, I like this song so much, it is my ringtone year-round. We know the modern Casting Crowns version but it is adapted from an 1863 poem “Christmas Bells” by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It grew out of a series of tragedies Longfellow faced. The song tells of the narrator’s despair, upon hearing Christmas bells, that “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men”. The song concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men. For more background on how the song captures the dynamic and dissonance in Longfellow’s heart and the world he observes around him, click here.  Longfellow ends with this hope:

Then rang the bells more loud and deep

God is not dead, nor does he sleep (peace on earth, peace on earth)

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail

With peace on earth, good will to men

What is the last book you’ve read?
As I moved to Colorado Springs, I had to wrap-up an Adjunct Professorship I really loved teaching at Dallas Baptist University. It is hard because I loved doing it and along with the CEO of Austin Industries, Dr. David Walls, we developed the curricula. In preparation for the class, I re-read Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley. The book had a lasting impact on the 27 students gaining a master’s degree. In the book, Andy brings to life how he reprises, and creatively reminds himself, his team and his congregation of the vision of North Point church.

What led you to a career in radio?
Meeting and having the legend Mark Rider briefly as my first youth pastor. In the late 70s, Mark moved to the Detroit area. I got to know him as a young teen (16) that just heard the gospel and stated following Jesus. Mark has gone to heaven early. If you knew Mark, you know he was profoundly flawed. At the same time, he had amazing talent and wanted to see Jesus change lives in a real way.

What advice would you give people new to the business?
Don’t forget your first love (Jesus). Life is an open-book test. Ask lots of questions. Find advisors you can trust. Work to cultivate humility. It does not come naturally. Start reading regularly. Apply what you read. Work to give and not just get. Guard against the pervasive cynicism of our age. Proactively work to be grateful.

Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Early in the CMB pre-curser, NCRS, I met a larger than life character, Joe Battaglia. There is an old joke about Joe being in Rome and standing on a balcony next to a guy with a pointed hat. You ask someone in the throng who is on the balcony in St. Peter’s Square and the guy says, “I don’t know the one in the hat, but the other one is Joe Battaglia”. I’ve yet to find a news maker in our circles that Joe does not know. Joe serves on the WAY Media Board and thru that context, I’ve gotten to know him well, hanging out together in NYC, etc. Joe dreams and then does. He keeps adding to his list, radio station owner, accomplished multi-book author, great dad, serial entrepreneur of both profit and non-profit companies, agency founder, executive producer, etc. As impressive as that is, I’ve also gotten to see a tender side of Joe.  For years, Joe has made his wife’s health and care a priority. Luann is battling Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Joe has a blog entry on the topic here about Freedom in Limitations. In Acts 2:17, the Scriptures say in the last days, “old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions” – Joe has been on both sides of the age spectrum of that verse and keeps on doing kingdom work.

How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
After moving from Dallas to Colorado Springs, that has become easy, look outside or go on a hike.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Amazon Echo, for now. The team and I have just worked-thru our inaugural round of Alexa Skills that are now in-place.  We now have WAY-FM,WAY NEW and WAY LOUD in the skills store with more coming. In 2018, we will also start working on Google Home as a platform too. I was watching developments from CES and we will have a few more leading smart speaker choices before the year is over.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Interacting with listeners and donors. Whether it is reading a note or meeting them at a concert or some other function. To hear the story of what a difference WAY-FM makes as Jesus uses us is exhilarating.

Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
As a kid growing up in a home that did not proclaim Jesus in Detroit, I found myself in my tumultuous teen years listening to “Powerline, with Brother Jon Rivers” on WNIC-FM. I am so grateful for the simple presentation of the gospel and John’s weekly encouragement. The Lord used that to help me understand I could become a Jesus follower, even if the rest of my friends and family were not on the same page.

What was your last non-industry job?
For the past 20-years, I have been in sales for software and hardware manufactures focused on the broadcast industry starting in radio, moving to TV and eventually following the changing habits of viewers on the mobile streaming side. My last job was with encoding.com at a sales role to fortune 100 broadcast companies like Turner, Discovery, NBC Universal, etc.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Ending-up serving on-staff for WAY-FM. I was shocked in 1998 when Bob Augsburg (one of my living heroes) called me and asked if I’d consider serving on the WAY Media board. I spent 20-minutes ensuring he got the right guy named John.  Without thinking about it, I ended up logging 18-years of board volunteer work. The time few by. It helps so much in my day-to-day job to have the institutional memory and know the context of so much from the policy and historical side of the equation.

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
Many people with an iPhone (and that’s a lot of people) have the wrong idea about closing apps. And once you know why, it might change the way that you use your iPhone completely. You can read about it many places, here is one.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
In the words of Bryce Harper, “That’s a clown question, bro” but I will give an answer — I would be the multi-colored tulip fabric pack. For years as a Jesus follower, I was trying to earn His approval by my good works – kind of like the game I have seen played whereby you take the petals off the daisy saying (another crayon color), “he loves me, he loves me not”. Through the biblical teachings of men like Steve Brown, Craig Cabaniss, John Piper, Kevin De Young, RC Sproul, Charles Spurgeon, C. J. Mahaney, etc. I’ve learned he loves me and that is a settled issue without conditions. He loves me, I don’t know why. Grace is amazing! At times, I still forget this bedrock truth; but know I know I am a tulip.

John Scaggs
WAY-FM – President & Chief Executive Officer
CMB Member Since 2017

 

Doug Erickson  •  @dougerickson1
Content Consultant, Erickson Media

Doug is a former Major Market award winning Program Director of the Year. He was VP of Programming for one of the first large consolidated radio companies before leaving to open his consultancy. He works with most of the largest media companies in the world but, uniquely, he consults everyadult format, including News/Talk, where his stations have won the distinguished Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism. Doug helped NOSTALGIE, an OLDIES-based station in Paris, become the fastest-growing radio station in French history. While you are in Nashville, you can hear one of his American clients, MIX 92.9! Also uniquely, Doug limits his client list to 8 per year so that each gets virtually unlimited market access.

 

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John Frost  •  @JohnFrost3
Partner, Goodratings Strategic Services

John Frost has been a successful major market disc jockey and program director for such companies as CBS, Gannett, Cap Cities, Westinghouse, Multimedia, and Sandusky during his 40+ years broadcast career. In the last decade and a half, John has been involved in the dramatic growth of Contemporary Christian radio, bringing mainstream programming strategies and research principles to help grow and develop some of America’s most successful Christian music stations including Z88.3 in Orlando, Salem’s Fish stations in Los Angeles, Portland, and Atlanta, CRISTA’s Spirit stations in Austin and Seattle, and many more. CMB honored John in 2004 with the Scott Campbell industry achievement award. Radio and Records and Christian Radio Weekly have recognized John as one of the most influential people in the Christian music industry.

 

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Justin Wise  •  @JustinWise
Founder/CEO, Think Digital

Justin Wise helps people share what matters most. As the Founder & CEO of Think Digital, Wise and his team help clients through online coaching programs and done-for-you digital marketing. He speaks on the topic of digital marketing strategy at national conferences such as the Digital Media Summit, CLA Internet & Ministry Technology Summit, and the Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Wise lives in Des Moines, IA (by choice), with his wife and three children.

 

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Wally  •  @wallyshow
Morning Show Host, WAY-FM

Wally hosts mornings on the WAY-FM radio network. He’s been entertaining listeners for more than two decades with the belief that “Content is King”. Wally came to Christian radio as host of “Total Axxess” on WAY-FM in 2007. Since then, The Wally Show has grown to air during morning drive on the entire WAY-FM network, plus other affiliate stations across the country.

 

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Louie Giglio  •  @louiegiglio
Pastor, Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement

Louie Giglio is Pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, and the Founder of Passion Conferences, a movement gathering collegiate-aged young people since 1997 in events across the US and around the globe. Most recently, Passion hosted over 40,000 people at Passion 2016 in Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX, uniting students in worship and prayer, and raising awareness for modern-day slavery. In 2008, Louie and his wife Shelley led the team that planted Passion City Church, a local community of faith with the DNA of the Passion movement. Their desire is to inspire this generation to live for what matters most.

 

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Rick Dunham  •  @rjdunham
President & CEO, Dunham+Company and ShareMedia

Rick is a 38-year veteran in fundraising and organizational development for nonprofit organizations. After serving for 11 years in nonprofit management and fundraising leadership roles, Rick began his consulting career in 1989. In 2002 he founded Dunham+Company, which has become a global leader in providing fully integrated fundraising strategy for nonprofit organizations. Today, Dunham+Company serves over 50 organizations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia, providing integrated fundraising and marketing strategies. Rick is the author of Secure: Discovering True Financial Freedom and If God Will Provide, Why Do We Have to Ask for Money? He has also been published and quoted in USA TodayDallas Morning NewsWashington Post and numerous other publications.

 

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Ty McFarland & Sterling Tarrant
KSBJ
@TyMcFarland  •  @sterlingTKSBJ

Ty is the Program Director at KSBJ in Houston, and over the last 27 years, has enjoyed serving alongside the talented crews at WGTS in Washington, D.C., K-LOVE/Air1, and KTSY/KTFY in Boise/Twin Falls. He loves radio, and the opportunity to make a difference in a format that points people to the Lord. He admires creativity that connects to people’s hearts, for a good purpose. Ty is married to his high-school sweetheart, Tonya, and has a daughter, Audrey, 11, who is his favorite kid in the whole world.

 

Sterling Tarrant has been in Christian radio since 1988. He’s worked at stations in Indianapolis, Orlando, Rapid City, Colorado Springs, and Houston. From 1998 to 2008 he was the Senior Creative Producer in Broadcasting at Focus on the Family where he was in charge of all the Creative and Dramatic promos and radio spots. Sterling is a Certified Professional Commercial Copywriter from the Radio Advertising Bureau, a graduate of Roy Williams “Wizard of Ads” Academy, and winner of multiple awards. Sterling has also been a Program Director, Music Director, Special Projects Director, Account Executive, and an On-Air Personality, but his first love is production. He loves to create messages that connect to people’s hearts, and for decades he’s honed that craft. Since 2008 he’s been leading production at KSBJ in Houston.

 

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Dan Young  •  @DanonSOSRadio 
SOS Radio Afternoon Show Host – Music & Creative Services Director

Dan Young is the Music and Creative Services Director for SOS Radio Network, based in Las Vegas. His 15-year radio career includes awards from CMB, NRB, and GMA. Edison Research named him one of their ’30 Under 30′ up-and-coming broadcasters in 2011. He started out in mainstream radio, but likes Christian radio better. Dan also serves as a host and coach for ShareMedia, and repeats toll-free phone numbers in his sleep.

 

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Matt Stockman  •  @mattstockman 
Director of Programming, CRISTA Media (KCMS, KFMK, KWPZ, KCIS, Pure Music Radio, Sky Country Radio)

Matt has served as the Director of Programming for CRISTA Media for over 4 years, leading a team of talented communicators to create compelling radio, so that people who are lost might encounter Jesus. Matt and the CRISTA Media Programming team have recently been recognized with the CMB Major Market Radio Station Of The Year Award for 2016, for their efforts at SPIRIT 1053 in Seattle. Prior to joining CRISTA, Matt served on the mission field leading a Christian radio network in Barcelona, Spain, and with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Western North Carolina. He’s most passionate about using his talents and experience in communication and development to help others (whether broadcasters, missionaries, or church leaders) connect in meaningful and authentic ways with the cities they’re called to serve.

 

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Brant Hansen  •  @branthansen 
Storyteller, CURE International, Radio Host, & Author

Brant is the host of the creatively titled “Brant Hansen Show”, which is syndicated on more than 200 stations. He’s also an author for HarperCollins Christian Publishers. His second book is due out this fall: Blessed are the Misfits (Great News for Believers Who Are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something). He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Harrisburg, PA near the headquarters of CURE International.

 

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Randy Lane  •  @TheRandyLaneCo 
Talent Coach, The Randy Lane Company

Randy’s radio career began as a DJ in college where he became fascinated with Top 40 morning legends Rick Dees and Scott Shannon. Alongside his on-air work, Randy has served as Program Director at KYSR/Los Angeles, WKQX/Chicago and WRQX/Washington, D.C. The Randy Lane Company was launched in 1996 and has directed radio and TV personalities including Ryan Seacrest, Jimmy Kimmel, Kidd Kraddick, Jamie & Danny Bonaduce, Billy Bush, Mancow, The Bert Show, Lex & Terry, Mark & Brian, Ace & TJ and scores of others in every format.

 

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Lisa Williams  •  @godsradiogirl 
Host, Life with Lisa Williams

Early in 1990, Lisa was begging God to tell her why she is on the planet. After pounding on Heaven’s door for several weeks, she clearly heard “Christian Radio”. She has been pounding on PD’s doors ever since. God has allowed her to do radio from Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, California, Indiana, and now in Colorado where she creates a daily syndicated show for Christian music stations. Privileged to have worked with extraordinary PDs and coaches, Lisa loves loving her listeners by being a human being alongside them. Podcasting, talent coaching, improv, and publicly speaking also fill her time. She’s Darin’s wife, JD & Jesse’s mom, and GodsRadioGirl. You can find her at lifewithlisawilliams.com.

 

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Mandy Young  •  @air1Mandy 
Middays, Air1 Network

The oldest of 6 kids, Mandy fell in love with radio at Cedarville University. After graduating in 2000 with a degree in Communications, an internship landed her a full time job at WJQK in Grand Rapids. She worked her way up from voicing commercials to the morning show…where she spent 5 years as co-host. In 2009 she became the morning show co-host for the Air1 Radio Network. 8 years later, she’s still at Air1, but now in mid-days…the dark circles under her eyes thank her for the shift change. Like most in radio, Mandy has a side gig. She started “Young Productions” in 2005 and has voice tracked for 15 stations, done voice work for radio dramas, tv and radio spots and 2 books. Spending time with her family is her favorite. Her husband Rod and kids Jack (15) Owen (13) and Mamie (4) provide her with love, laughs and a ton of show prep!

 

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Lisa Barry  •  @labarry
Middays – 98.5 KTIS/Minneapolis and Spirit 105.9/Austin

Lisa Barry is the Midday radio host at 98.5 KTIS in Minneapolis/St. Paul and on Spirit 105.9 in Austin Texas.  She was worked with Eisabeth Elliot for 9 year as the announcer and copywriter for Gateway to Joy.  Lisa has a passion for radio education and inspiring the next generation of DJ’s.  She has bachelors degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting and has more than 30 years of experience in radio.   She lives in Minneapolis ‘where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average’ (said Garrison Keillor).  She and her husband Ken have three daughters.

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Beth Bacall

Beth’s been blessed with the opportunity to work as an on-air personality on many great radio and television stations for over three decades! She started on the air a few years before her now 26 year-old daughter was a glimmer in her heart. Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, New York City, and Atlanta have welcomed her on amazing frequencies like KFRC, KYCY, Jammin 105 (WWPR), WKTU, Star 99.1 (WAWZ) and now The Fish Atlanta (WFSH), where Beth works afternoon drive. Beth molds her coaching strategies to fit each talent’s unique and special personality, knowing it’s a priviledge to be involved in their life.

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Doug Erickson

Doug is a former Major Market award winning Program Director of the Year. He was VP of Programming for one of the first large consolidated radio companies before leaving to open his consultancy. He works with most of the largest media companies in the world but, uniquely, he consults every adult format, including News/Talk, where his stations have won the distinguished Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism. Doug helped NOSTALGIE, an OLDIES-based station in Paris, become the fastest-growing radio station in French history. His American clients include one you can hear this week, MIX 92.9

Also uniquely, Doug limits his client list to 8 per year so that each gets virtually unlimited market access. Doug is a former missionary kid, has been married to his wife, Shannon, for 38 years, and has one adult son and a wheaten terrier dog, all of whom currently live in Denver. 

You can learn more about Doug, his philosophy and his clients HERE.

 

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Chuck Finney

Chuck Finney can’t remember a time in his life when radio wasn’t playing either in his head or on a nearby device. His dad was in radio in Cincinnati, so he began loving the whole enterprise as a little kid. Right out of college, he led a station team that began doing radio research.
He spent a lot of time in AC, News/Talk, Sports, Country and even classical radio—but came to Christian radio with Salem’s KLTY in Dallas where, as Program Director, he led a team that brought the station to record audience levels. He also served as National Program Director for Salem’s Fish CCM stations, and they won many awards, including NRB Music Station of the Year, the CMB Major Market Station of the Year and even the NAB Marconi Award for Religious Station of the Year.

Chuck has also served as Chairman of Christian Music Broadcasters and is currently on the Radio Committee of the NRB. Last year, he received the Scott Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from Christian Music Broadcasters. He and his wife Lynda live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and have two wonderful daughters.

 

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Alan Mason

Alan is known for his four decades of involvement in media and organizational leadership.   Currently President of EMF (K-LOVE and Air1), he’s also been a DJ, Program Director, Group Program Director, Vice President, and General Manager, Chief Operating Officer, co-founder of Goodratings Strategic Services and, of course, Change Agent.
 
Driven to help others succeed, he consulted some of the top radio stations in the nation in widely diverse formats in the areas of programming, marketing, research and leadership strategies.  He was on the forefront of emerging formats such as Smooth Jazz, 60’s Oldies, Adult Alternative, Jamin’ Oldies and Christian AC.
 
Alan is an active contributor to the industry and has presented at the National Association of Broadcasters, Radio & Records conferences, the Country Radio Seminar, the National Religious Broadcasters, Radio Ink conferences, the Gospel Music Association, and Christian Music Broadcasters, where he was on the board of directors for two years. He’s published in Radio & Records, Radio Ink, Christian Radio Weekly, All Access and has received several broadcasting awards.
 
Alan says his greatest achievements are his 49-year marriage to his wife Becki, and his two children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His passions include family, genealogy, travel, helping people think clearly about their strategy, tracking major social shifts impacting media and changing culture by helping people understand John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” 

 

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Gary Haugen  •  @garyhaugen

Gary Haugen is CEO and founder of International Justice Mission.

Before founding IJM in 1997, Gary was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct.  In 1994, he served as the Director of the United Nations’ investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. In this role, he led an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts to gather evidence that would eventually be used to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice. Gary received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Gary has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to protect the poor from violence has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets.  He is the author of several books, including Good News About Injustice (Intervarsity Press) and, most recently, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford University Press)Gary was invited to share the themes of The Locust Effect at the annual TED Conference in a talk entitled: The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now.

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