Member Spotlight – Nikki Martinez

What is your favorite song?
Right now it would have to be Aaron Cole’s “Right On Time” – I could listen to it on repeat and I’d still be good with it. The song FEELS like warm weather, and has such a good message of the trust we need to have in Jesus’ timing, not our own!

What is the last book you’ve read?
I actually haven’t read a book in a while (besides the Bible), BUT I’m currently reading “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Luttrell – Nathan’s (my husband) grandma told me I HAD to read it if I’ve seen the movie. She said there’s so much more to the story in the book!

What led you to a career in radio?
While interning at KSBJ the summer before my Senior Year at Baylor, I got asked by then APD (and now PD here) Susan O’Donnell what I wanted to do when I graduated. My plan was to try and be a record producer or engineer because I LOVED music and wanted to help create with artists who had these amazing songs for God. She told me straight-up not to do that and instead I needed to be on the air in radio. After I laughed a bit, I realized she was being real with me. She said, “I’ve worked in the business for a good amount of time, and I know when someone has ‘It.’ You have ‘It,’ and if you don’t do something about it, you’re going to kick yourself for the rest of your life. I’m glad I’m not kicking myself 🙂

What advice would you give people new to the business?
Have patience and give grace to others AND to yourself. You’re not going to be perfect or pristine out-the-gate, so be okay with that instead of either beating yourself up OR having an ego about yourself and not willing to learn

Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Honestly, I would give a shout-out to my whole team here at KVNE and KGLY, but specifically right now, Jill Smith and Fletcher Jonson – they are the dynamic duo of our Community Connections team and they are ON-FIRE. Not only with constantly having us as a ministry in the middle of our East Texas Community, but setting up Prayer Stops, engaging continuously on Social Media, keeping the public informed through our website, and it all be to share Jesus and His heart with as many as we can! We may be considered a “small station,” but that doesn’t show at all through what Fletch and Jill do with our team, for our team, and for East Texas! They have a passion to share God with all they can, and they always are learning and growing, open to try new ideas and making small changes to continue to be the best.

How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
The only real way to do that is to spend time with God, which is actually encouraged DURING our work day here. Honestly, I know friends and family who would wish to have 30 minutes of quiet time with God on top of the 30 mins-1 hour lunch break they may get, so I never want to take that time for granted. It’s something Susan has implemented in our work day and I’m grateful for it!

Amazon Echo or Google Home?
I have neither, but probably Echo.

What is your favorite part of your job?
It might sound cheesy, but getting a chance to chat or pray with our listeners. These are real people on the other side of the radio, listening to every “awesome” break or mispronounced word, and they’re going through their own things that they may just need a break from. And for them to turn on a radio and actually take moments to listen to us, or even CALL us – that is a whirlwind of responsibility, but I am grateful God has given it to me for as long as He wants me to have it. I do LOVE music, and the power of a song that we chose to play is never forgotten, but for right now, I think getting to have connections with our listeners – it’s so cool!

Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
I would be bias if I said Lauren Lee at Air1 (seeing she’s my best friend), but she really is an amazing talent and I couldn’t be any more proud of her. She is quirky as all get-up (which I get because I am too), but there is this joy that just bursts through the radio that you can FEEL, this passion for Jesus that you KNOW is there. She really makes you stop at times to just listen, whether if it’s about a burden on her heart, a prayer for a listener, or a hilarious issue with a face mask she was trying on, she has what Susan labels “It.”

What was your last non-industry job?
Working on staff (part-time) for my church back in Roseville, CA in the Childcare Department, mainly taking care of children around 1st-3rd grade, but helping anywhere honestly.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
I would say 2-fold right now. First, just this past October I reached my 10 year mark in radio, which half of that has been predominantly with 1 company (and no, I don’t plan on leaving here at all – I love the people too much)!  But in this process of celebrating 10 years in radio, I’ve also had the privilege to help co-develop a somewhat new format for one of our stations (KGLY): Christian Coffeehouse. And what’s been incredible is that the unique listenership (and listenership alone) has increased in huge ways! This idea that Susan and myself had just a little less than 2 years ago actually has been working and it is awesome 🙂

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
I’m not sure where it began, but there are groups around the US that use plastic bags to help out the homeless…and I’ve joined in on it. Whether you knit or crochet, there are these mats that you can make for the homeless using plarn – plastic yarn, which is made up of cut-up plastic bags. We actually have a woman named Ferna here in East TX that decided she wanted to start a group like that (called Caring Hearts and Helping Hands), and so about a year ago or so she began it. I’ve knitted since college, and when I was looking at things on our station events calendar to talk about on the air, I saw this chance to use my knitting skills for another purpose. So, I called her up and she told me about a big Saturday workshop they were about to have and how I should come for just a few minutes to learn a bit and maybe pick-up some balls of plarn to start knitting with. I did show up, and it was amazing to see the pictures of people around East TX who have already been blessed with these mats to keep their sleeping bags and blankets dry from the damp ground at night: https://tylerpaper.com/news/local/volunteers-use-plastic-grocery-bags-to-make-sleeping-mats-for/article_f9166ae0-f64c-11e7-953b-877e9e61c7b9.html

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I would be sky blue – my favorite color being blue, but open to the sun shining in on my life 🙂

Nikki Martinez
KVNE – Music Director/Mid-Day Host
CMB Silver Member Since 2013

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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