CMB Pioneers: Wayne Pederson
Welcome to another story about one of the pioneers of Contemporary Christian Music Radio. Some of these pioneers started radio stations with just a few dollars to their name. Many
Welcome to another story about one of the pioneers of Contemporary Christian Music Radio. Some of these pioneers started radio stations with just a few dollars to their name. Many
Annie F. Downs is a New York Times bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and successful podcast host based in Nashville, TN. Engaging and honest, she makes readers and listeners alike feel as if they’ve been long-time friends. Co-founder of the That Sounds Fun Network—which includes her aptly named flagship podcast, That Sounds Fun—and author of multiple bestselling books including Chase the Fun, That Sounds Fun, 100 Days to Brave and Remember God, Annie is the friend who will shoot straight with you, remind you that God is good, and still manage to make you laugh in the process. For more about Annie’s work, visit anniefdowns.com.
Even though Lauree is originally from Boring, Oregon, she has lived and traveled to over 50 countries and is always excited to discover a new city, a new culture and a new expression of God’s amazing creation! She flew all the way to Iceland for just 12 hours.
Her first radio job (‘job’ might be generous, it wasn’t paid) was when she was 19 years old at a YWAM school in Northern Ireland.
Lauree loves adventures and has had some crazy ones in her life: tour manager for Tony Hawk and So You Think You Can Dance, missionary to the Czech Republic, skydiving-bungee jumping adrenaline junkie, leadership development consultant, being at gunpoint 12 times…online dating.
Seventeen years after those four shows in Northern Ireland a friend told Lauree, “I think you could do radio.” A PD in Dallas took a chance to teach her how to do radio. Lauree is celebrating 5 years as a radio personality and loves doing middays at K-LOVE.
EJ Gaines is Senior Vice President of Marketing at Capitol CMG and Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel, divisions of Capitol Records/Universal Music Group. An entertainment lawyer and former artist manager with 20 years of experience in the music business, EJ Gaines has guided the careers of GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artists, producers and songwriters, as well as producers and talent in film, TV and other forms of media and content.
EJ Gaines serves as a National Trustee for the Recording Academy, and sits on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including Music Health Alliance, the Gospel Music Trust Fund, and the Gospel Music Association. In 2021, EJ was named a Change Agent by Billboard and, most recently, was appointed Chairman of the U.S. Board of Hope for Justice, a global nonprofit organization which aims to end human trafficking and modern slavery.
EJ Gaines currently resides in Franklin, TN with his wife, recording artist and public speaker Janice Gaines, and their two sons.
A recognized leader in audio programming, marketing, and management, Steve has developed scores of successful radio brands around the country, nurtured and advanced local and national talent, and pioneered many podcasting and voice-first initiatives.
Amplifi Media is the go-to advisor for major broadcast networks, media companies, brands and podcasters, guiding audio strategy, development, and marketing for podcasts. Amplifi provides audio strategy, development and marketing services to clients including NBC/Universal TV, ABC News, Dave Ramsey, EY, Skyview Networks, CurtCo Media, Beasley Media, and more. He is also a guest lecturer and creator of the Business of Podcasting Course for NYU’s Steinhardt School.
Prior to founding Amplifi, Steve developed content for major broadcast companies including NBC and ABC. He was a founding partner of Saga Communications (NASDAQ: SGA), serving as Executive Vice President and Group Program Director from the company’s formation in 1986 until 2015 when he started Amplifi Media.
Dr. Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, just outside of Charlotte, NC. He is also the author of several books, including “How to Heal Our Racial Divide: What the Bible Says, and What the First Century Christian Knew about Racial Reconciliation.” You can follow him at @derwinlgray on Instagram, twitter, and Facebook. As well as derwinlgray.com.
Peter Greer is the president and CEO of HOPE International, a global Christ-centered economic development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally in Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Rwanda and received an MPP in political and economic development from Harvard’s Kennedy School. Peter’s favorite part of his job is spending time with the entrepreneurs HOPE serves—whether harvesting coffee with farmers in Rwanda, dancing alongside savings groups in Haiti, or visiting the greenhouses of entrepreneurs in Ukraine. As an advocate for the Church’s role in missions and alleviating extreme poverty, Peter has co-authored 14 books, including Mission Drift, Rooting for Rivals, The Gift of Disillusionment, and The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good. More important than his role at HOPE is his role as husband to Laurel and dad to Keith, Liliana, Myles, and London. While his sports loyalties remain in New England, Peter and his family live in Lancaster, PA.
Daniel Harkavy has been coaching business leaders to peak levels of performance, efficacy, and fulfillment for more than 25 years.
In 1996, he harnessed his passion for coaching leaders and teams to found Building Champions, where he serves as CEO and Executive Coach. Daniel and his team of coaches have worked with thousands of clients and organizations to improve the way they lead and live.
Daniel is a sought-after author and speaker, most recently authoring The 7 Perspectives of Effective Leaders which was released in October 2020. His book Living Forward, a national bestseller, was published in March 2016. Daniel also authored Becoming A Coaching Leader: The Proven Strategy for Building Your Own Team of Champions in 2007.
As an executive coach and trusted confidant, Daniel works with high profile leaders to improve their leadership, decision-making, influence, and overall effectiveness. Daniel’s emphatic belief is that self-leadership precedes team leadership, and his goal is to help his clients optimize how they lead themselves first, then focusing on how to best work with their executive teams and all key constituents in their organizations. He engages with clients in many forms including one-on-one executive coaching sessions, executive retreats, speaking engagements and custom experiences.
Some of the clients he has worked with include: Daimler, Nike, Chick-fil-A, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Infineum (an ExxonMobil and Shell company), Bank of America, Wells Fargo, MetLife, PrimeLending, US Bank, Northwestern Mutual, Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Merrill Lynch and many others.
Daniel lives just outside Portland, Oregon, where he and his wife and family enjoy a little space for gardening and play. Daniel actively serves his community as a member of nonprofit boards and a mentor to those seeking his guidance. His other passions include surfing, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.
Lisa Harper is described as both a hilarious storyteller and theological scholar. She’s written numerous books and Bible studies, teaches at churches and conferences around the world, and is in the thesis stage of an earned doctorate at Denver Seminary. But her favorite role by far is being Missy’s mom.
Positioning himself as an “arms dealer for the creative revolution,” Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code, Daily Creative) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work.
With more than fifteen million downloads, his podcast The Accidental Creative offers weekly tips for how to stay prolific, brilliant, and healthy. Todd’s book Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of 2013.
His latest book, Daily Creative, offers daily sparks of inspiration and practical advice for creative pros.
Neal “Neallytime” Hopson is a man driven by family and faith. He is a husband of 13 years to his beautiful wife, Kim and father to their 4 year old daughter, Gabriella. He’s a lover of Jesus and Chipotle. Throughout his exciting career, Neal has held titles as a nationally ranked professional tennis player, and an award-winning sales professional with Mercedes Benz.
Today, Neal reaches multitudes across the nation as the afternoon show host on BOOST RADIO, middays on NGEN Radio, and evenings on Pulse 101.7. Whether on-air, on the turntables as a live DJ, or through his sought after talents as dance choreographer or emcee, he has a passion for impacting people.
Neal’s company ‘One Goal Global’ serves a who’s who roster of clients through creating excellent experiences on world stages. He adds value in a way he’s only uniquely designed with the “Neallytime Touch”. For many years, Neal has had the opportunity to impact the next generation in stadiums and in small groups. His One Goal remains the same; to lead people to God and help them discover His purpose for their life.
Wade Kingsley is a Creativity Coach and Consultant from Australia. He is currently the Australian Ambassador for World Creativity & Innovation Week.
Over the past 25 years he has worked in the radio, media and marketing industries with leadership responsibilities at Nova Entertainment, dentsu, and SCA.
In 2017 he founded ‘The Ideas Business’ which helps brands use creative thinking to solve problems. In 2021, The Ideas Business was named one of Australia’s Top 100 fastest growing start-ups.
He created the ‘Creative Champions’ Course, taking his experience in one-on-one coaching to help people learn how to be better creative problem solvers. Wade believes everyone is creative and focuses on giving people the confidence to unlock and share their creative ideas with the world.
Wade lives outside Melbourne, Australia with his wife Suze, two children Joshua and Emma; Cavapoo and low-allergy cat.
Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter.
Carey speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth. His podcast, The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, has 18 million downloads and features interviews with many of today’s top leaders.
In addition, Carey writes one of today’s most influential leadership blogs at CareyNieuwhof.com. His online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He holds degrees in law, theology, and history.
Carey’s mission is to help people thrive in life and leadership. He has extensive experience helping organizations lead through change, develop high-capacity teams, deepen their personal growth along with their health.
His best-selling book, At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor, is designed to help every leader escape stress and begin living at a sustainable pace and has been profiled by Forbes, Fast Company, and Business Insider.
His other books include Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects But Everyone Experiences, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow, Leading Change Without Losing It and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, co-authored with Reggie Joiner.
Carey and his wife Toni live north of Toronto, Ontario and have two grown sons. In his spare time, you’ll catch him barbecuing on his Big Green Egg, cycling, or boating.
For 16 years, Angela has focused her career on the development of personalities and personality brands. Seeing a gap between the feedback needs of talent and the time and bandwidth of managers, Angela uses her unique combination of radio and life coaching expertise, creativity and candor to meet performers where they are and inspire them to reach their full potential.
Prior to launching her company in 2013, Angela spent over 20 years in programming at groundbreaking female-targeted stations, K101/San Francisco and Star 98.7/Los Angeles, winning multiple industry awards.
After nearly two decades as an award-winning radio personality, Tim has made a name for himself in a different arena. Literally.
As the public address announcer for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire, and Illinois Fighting Illini, Tim’s voice is synonymous with big-time sporting events…including multiple NBA All-Star Games, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Big Ten Championship Football Game and NBA2K.
Dan is the Chief Creative Officer at Dunham+Company, pushing the boundaries of branding, marketing and media while staying rigorously informed by data and analytics. Creativity is both an art and a science – Dan and the teams that he leads model that balance.
Matty Staudt is a podcasting pioneer, Webby Winner, and Ambie nominated Producer and entrepreneur. Starting at the age of 16 in West Virginia Matty became a morning radio mainstay in places like DC, NYC, and San Francisco. In 2008 he joined the start-up team at Stitcher as their first Director of Content. Over his podcasting career, Matty has launched over 400 shows, built podcasts for companies like Ford, Pfizer, and Estee Lauder, consulted for many independent networks, and was on the founding team of The iHeartRadio Podcast Network, where he served as radio’s VP of Podcast Programming. Matty has worked with and He’s an educator at two Universities and the Founder of Jam Street Media, a production and consulting house based in Los Angeles with hit shows Appalachia Mysteria and Deep Cover: The Real Donnie Brasco.
Matthew West is a five-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and a 2018 Dove Award Songwriter of the Year (Artist) recipient. In 2022, Matthew was given the prestigious Songwriter of the Year award from the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI). He is only one of two Christian artists to ever win, and is the first to win it in over 20 years.
He has received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a K-LOVE Fan Award and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. A recipient of the Rich Mullins Impact Award, West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for the title track for the feature film “The Heart of Christmas.” He has been awarded a RIAA Gold certification for his single “Hello, My Name Is” and RIAA Platinum certification for the song “The Motions.”
In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards five times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Mandisa, Danny Gokey and others, along with back-to-back No. 1 songs by Casting Crowns including their recent single, “Nobody,” which West is featured.
Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written six books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One, Hello, My Name Is, and his latest, The God Who Stays. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story. Along with his father, Pastor Joe West, they founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life. In what little spare time he has left, he is also creator and host of the Matthew West Podcast which is a part of Annie F. Downs’ That Sounds Fun network.
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How Can We Make Our Artists and Music Shine More?
Sandi Brown – President, JOY FM/Boost
Dave Cruse – Program Director and Morning Host for The JOY FM Network
Corey Mann – Mornings / PD / Podcast Host, Family Broadcasting Corporation / Pulse FM
Kenny Rodgers – VP, Capitol Christian Music Group
Chuck Finney – President, Finney Media
Leigh Holt – CEO / Manager, Maddjett
Trey Morris – Vice President / Senior Consultant, The Center for Sales Strategy
Brenda Aguila – Director of Spanish Ministries/Fuzión On-Air-Host, Encouragement Media Group-Fuzión
Marcos Barraza – Director of Broadcast Operations, Inspiracom/Manantial FM
Sadiel Castro – Program Director Spanish Brand Viva Unida, Hope Media Group
Rick Dunham – Founder/Chairman, Dunham+Company
How The Enneagram Can Help You Understand Your Listeners
Denise Harper – Program Director, The Bridge (WKNZ)
Ben Sorrells – Director of Community Engagement, The Bridge (WKNZ)
Amping Your Creativity
Wade Kingsley – Founder, Creative Champions
Get The Most Out Of Your Social Channels
Heather Heuman – CEO/Digital Missionary, Sweet Tea Social Marketing
Making Sure Your Promotions Are Legal
Scott Hunter – Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel to Salem Media Group
Jerry Woods – Morning Show Host/Director of Marketing, WGTS 91.9
Melissa Montana – CEO/President, STAR 88.3 – STAR Educational Media Network (WLAB)
Josh Raines – Director of Outreach & Director of Strategic Partnerships, STAR 88.3 – STAR Educational Media Network & Destiny Rescue (WLAB)
Radio & AI
Danielle Rice – Chief Technology Officer, Dunham+Company