What is your favorite song?
Right now, MercyMe “Even If.” Telling the broken it will be alright when you are feeling that can’t be true is resonating with me at times recently. But if you look at my iTunes playlist, My Floyd and Mr. Santana have pretty high play counts. All-time favorite? That is a toss up between MWS “Gloria” and Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb.”
What is the last book you’ve read?
Unfortunately, I am working on my doctorate at the moment, so the last book I read was about action research techniques and utterly boring. I’m currently reading “Golf’s Sacred Journey” from David Cook, since it’s spring and time to hit the links.
What led you to a career in radio?
Not wanting to be a janitor in the boys dorm anymore. Freshman year in college. Loved music. Hated cleaning toilets. So I applied for a job at the college radio station. Had to take an intro to broadcasting class and the rest is history.
What advice would you give people new to the business?
Since I’m also a college professor now, I tell my students interested in radio they have some talent, but they shouldn’t expect six figure salaries in top 25 markets at graduation. Be willing to learn. Take the first job, any job, and be a sponge. Learn all you can until someone offers you something better.
Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
After thirty years in Christian radio, I’ve had occasion to work with many of them. The contributions of Alan Mason, John Frost, Jon Hull, Tim McDermott, Todd isberner, Bob Augsberg, Deano and Jim at Z88, Grant Hubbard, Ty McFarland, Jerry Woods, and many others have had on my life and Christian radio in general can’t be counted until the Kingdom, I’m fairly certain.
How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
Listen to the music being played on the station. And I get out the letters file. Nothing more refreshing to read how God has used the station to work His will in a listener’s life.
Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Alexa, of course.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My new life is a dual existence. I’m still a radio manager. But I’m a professor now as well. I have always enjoyed the teaching aspect of being a manager. But now I am surrounded by college students who are seeking a direction in life. I can’t describe the joy I have had in this new phase of my life.
What was your last non-industry job?
A janitor in the boy’s dorm in college. Like I said, I’m a double headed monster now, professor and radio dude. Forty years in radio and now eight years as a professor. God has me in a good place, which is always the case, when I let Him.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
It’s hard to set aside my work I doing now with young people, but my years in Idaho starting and growing KTSY has to be the highlight. I had a chance to work with some the best and brightest.
Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
That’s the challenge of being a professor. I don’t know what a student doesn’t know when class starts. And they don’t know what they don’t know. None of us knows what we don’t know. That’s what makes it so much fun.
KJRN – General Manager
CMB Silver Member Since 2014