What led you to a career in the radio industry?
It was my dream growing up! One I’d given up on as a teenager because I didn’t plan on going to college. After becoming a Christian at 19, a church friend told me they needed volunteers to help with a Christian station that would be going on the air. Not only did I get involved as a volunteer during that station’s early days, but it’s how the Lord taught me to depend upon His word. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4
What advice would you give people new to the business?
Go to Momentum, of course! Network with other people that do what you do…ones that know we’re all on the same team no matter what our call letters are. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of those folks that have done what you want to do. Keep learning and growing.
Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
There are so many that have impacted me personally, I’m beyond grateful for their encouragement along the way. Luke Stephens at WAY Radio stands out as one who goes above and beyond to inspire and build up others around him. Our stations are in neighboring communities and it’s nice to know there’s a friend and partner nearby. As our consultant for almost 10 years, Chuck Finney has helped me grow professionally and personally. I admire his dedication to bettering our industry by bettering the individuals within it, which is founded on his dedication to the Lord and His work.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
The community service projects we’ve done that encourage and inspire make me so proud to be part of a small station in a small town! In particular, there was a back-to-school pep-rally-style event we held for a couple hundred teachers. They all walked away with tons of supplies for their classrooms, many of them with big door prizes, and encouraged for the year by an inspirational speaker and a handful of radio and church folks that made them feel like what they do is important. We only did it twice, but every time I think of it I get a huge smile!
Tell us about a story of a Christian song that made a difference in your life or the life of a listener.
I can still picture myself driving home from the radio station one day, feeling like a hypocrite as I was working through an issue. “How do I call myself a Christian in ministry and still deal with this?” He Covers Me by Steve Camp came on the radio. (yes, this was a long time ago!!) The words of that song said what I wanted to say when I just couldn’t seem to form the words. Pulling into a parking lot to let it sink in, I knew it was much more than just a song on the radio. I’ve never forgotten that feeling, and how good God is to use our station – all of our stations – to accomplish great things for His glory. I’m grateful every time someone tells me something I said or a song I played ministered to them!!
WHIF /General Manager
CMB Silver Member in 2014