What is your favorite song?
“You Say” by Lauren Daigle. WOW! The lyrics are so powerful and continually speaks to me.
It is a powerful reminder that even when we can’t feel God working or when we feel alone that He loves us! He is holding us up and working for our good. We are His!
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
What is the last book you’ve read?
We are currently using the book “Grace is Greater” by Kyle Idleman for my small group bible study at church. This is a great book that talks about God’s plan to overcome your past, how to find healing for your pain and rewrite your story.
What led you to a career in radio?
I remember visiting the campus radio station at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (OH) as a Senior in High School (in 1987….a loooong time ago). 🙂 I instantly fell in love with the place.I was already in love with Christian music. I also loved to talk and I love people. So, when I learned that I could get paid to do all 3, I chose my major.
After witnessing how radio could impact listeners and their lives, I felt called to a ministry in Christian radio. I am honored that God continues to allow me to use my passions after 3 decades. I am also humbled that He allows me to serve as Station Manager at WNZR (at MVNU). I have the opportunity to share my passion of radio with students, helping to develop the next generation of broadcasters.
What advice would you give people new to the business?
Don’t give up! Life is hard and radio is hard. If God leads you to a microphone, embrace this precious gift as a wonderful opportunity. Every time you have the chance to turn that mic on, God gives you a chance to speak His truth and love to someone that is listening. It is a big responsibility, but it is also such a blessing to allow God to use you to encourage others. So, get filled up yourself first (through bible study, prayer, joining a small group) and then allow God to use you!
Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?Obadiah Haybin from RadioU in Columbus, OH
He got his start in that same college radio station at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. (I was his Station Manager) His enthusiasm and passion for his listeners is contagious. He is a creative genius and is consistently bringing fresh content to his morning show and his format. I am so proud to see how God is using Obadiah to reach a generation that desperately needs to experience God’s love and grace.
How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
I turn up the music! 2 songs that give me a boost – “Everything” by TobyMac and “Joy” by for King & Country. We are playing some of the most amazing songs right now on our stations. We just need to let those lyrics pour over us and impact our day. So, sometimes you will find me in the production room, headphones on, singing along with my favorites.
Amazon Echo or Google Home?
We have an Amazon Fire TV.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love talking to our listeners and hearing how God is using our station to impact their lives. I also love being able to share a listener’s testimony with my students. Those stories help to fuel our ministry and ignite the students’ passion for a ministry in radio.
Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
My daughter Rachel did an internship at NGEN Radio in Houston, TX over the summer. I fell in love with the afternoon team of Chris Chicago and Lil’ Ang (Angela Schweinitz). They are SO fun to listen to and have the most entertaining show prep. This team even got me listening to and liking hip-hop!
What was your last non-industry job?
Waitress at Pizza Hut and Telemarketer for Stanley Steamer Carpet Cleaners (had 2 jobs at one time)
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Our station is part of a local campaign called “Food for the Hungry”. This campaign supports food pantries and food initiatives throughout our county. In 2017, we had a record year raising $351,995! I get the chance to serve on the board and co-host a live radio/internet simulcast. Our students get the incredible experience of serving as our broadcast staff for the day. The opportunity for hands-on training is phenomenal, but the chance to see God work is an even bigger blessing! We call it the ultimate group project in Knox County, OH.
Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
Canned chicken is the most useful pantry item. It saves time and has SO many uses. Put it on a pizza crust with some veggies and cheese. Mix it with white rice and frozen veggies for a quick dinner. Use it in chili, vegetable soup or (the best) shredded chicken sandwiches. I like the Sam’s Club canned chicken. It’s good and reasonably priced.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I am razzle dazzle rose. The rose is my favorite flower and I love the smell of fresh roses.
Whenever we have roses in the house, it means that something special has happened. They give me happy memories. So I want to make a happy memory, with some excitement (the razzle dazzle).
WNZR – Station Manager
CMB Silver Member Since 2013