Member Spotlight – Tim McDermott

What is your favorite song?
Right now, because of being flooded, Jenn Johnson’s “You’re Gonna Be Okay.” It makes me stop to listen whenever I hear it. It has helped me move forward.

What is the last book you’ve read?
“Lessons from the Boardroom” by John Pearson and Dan Busby. I was asked to be a blogger for this book. It’s really helpful for anyone in my position who works with boards.

What led you to a career in radio?
When I was 12, I worked at my junior high station. I saw the impact of radio and loved it.  The thought of combining radio, music and God – is – to me – the most energizing explosive Holy Spirit goose bump mix.

What advice would you give people new to the business?
It’s a calling.  You have got to know your purpose in life.  Mine is to bring hope through Christian music radio. When you walk in your purpose, your life is fulfilling.  If you are just looking for a job, this isn’t the place.

Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Jim Hoge, President Z88. We all know about his great radio station, but behind the scenes, this guy is such a giver. He has helped us in so many ways with his engineering expertise – improving our signal, making us sound better, dealing with FCC issues. He is a gift to our industry – and so, so humble.

How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
I love all things two-wheels. I love riding my road bike and most recently my Harley. I have gotten more answer from God on a quiet road on my bicycle.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Haha. I can’t even get Siri to understand me to call my wife on the phone. I am not ready for the next level yet.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Seeing God use KSBJ at secular events. Nothing better than hearing our music and seeing KSBJ next to the beer tent. And then when someone comes to Christ there – wow!

Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick. He does the best interviews. He not only asks great questions, but he also listens to the person with great emotional awareness.

What was your last non-industry job?
Field Reviewer for ECFA. Did this for 7 years and loved it. I am a big fan of ECFA.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Being the Founding Chairman of CMB. I feel like a proud dad.

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.
Since I attend a lot of banquets (to interact with major donors and Houston’s influencers), I will share this. When I sit at the table, I quickly make my right and left hand into the okay position under the table. The left hand makes a “B”, the right hand a “D.”  That means my bread plate is on the left and my drink is on the right. You are welcome.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I was prepared to answer, “if you were a tree…” but let’s see, “passionate purple.”  I am 57, but I feel like I am still 25. I love life and am very passionate about what we do.  God is good.

Tim McDermott
KSBJ – President/General Manager
CMB Gold Member Since 2012