Member Spotlight – Stephanie Jenkins

What is your favorite song?
Natalie Grant, “More Than Anything”…Jesus and I just have some quality time together during this song and there is a lot of ugly crying (mostly me, probably not Jesus as much) and when the song is over we have had CHURCH!

What is the last book you’ve read?
I am always reading about 5 books. Hmm, the last one I finished was “Unleashing Heaven’s Breath” by Steve Hannett.

What led you to a career in radio?
Divine intervention, no joke, the whole story will be a book some day. If you ever meet me in person, and have a spare 15 minutes, I would love to share the 30,000 ft flyover version with you!

What advice would you give people new to the business?
Remember we GET to do this! It is an honor not a job!

Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Every on-air personality that takes the time to personally connect with listeners. You are letting them know they matter! That is the very thing that changes lives! Don’t skip out on those appearances, they are opportunities!

How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
I have a stack of children’s books and I will grab one to read. As adults we tend to take life too seriously. The easiest way to change perspective is entering the world from a kid’s viewpoint.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Amazon Echo, love adding those skills!

What is your favorite part of your job?
Meeting listeners face to face and spending a few minutes listening to their stories. I love loving them!

Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
Johnny Fever, hands down, all the way! But if you are looking for non-fictional…I don’t know if you would consider her an on-air personality but Cokie Roberts is my all time favorite. I started my radio journey at an NPR station, so women like her, Nina Totenberg, and Susan Stamberg, were and continue to be an inspiration.

What was your last non-industry job?
Integrated Marketing Manager for a credit union.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Oh, wow, you could probably ask my coworkers and they would tell you some things that I have done as part of the brand management portion of my job. Honestly, my heart is with, and for, the listeners. This may sound silly, but one day I was talking about the new DSW that finally opened here, I had been waiting decades (our listeners know I obsess over shoes). I talked about visiting the store on opening day and leaving without purchasing a single thing. My co-host teasingly asked if I felt like that was a waste of time. My reply was about how it was like a art museum for me as I admired the designs and materials. Later, that day we received a message from a listener that is a stay at home mom, money is tight for her family, but she was inspired by what I said and was looking forward to visiting my new found art museum as a getaway on the days she was tired and stressed out. This whole exchange reminded me it is really all about the simple joys in life and most of the time we try to hard to relate to our audience.

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
Next time you are driving down the road, pay attention to the trailers you see. Whether it is a personal utility trailer or a semi-trailer, it will have red and white reflective tape around the outside of the trailer bed. The tape you see is called conspicuity tape. Why do you need to know that? Well, mostly because road trips can get boring and conspicuity is a fun word to say!

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Sunshine, a bright yellow color! I associate sunshine with happiness and it reminds me of my life verse, Matthew 5:16.

Stephanie Jenkins
KWND – Morning Show Host & Brand Mgr
CMB Silver Member Since 2017