What led you to a career in the radio industry?
Radio is all I ever wanted to do, and I all I have ever done. When I was very young, like 7 or 8, my best friend’s dad worked at a local radio station and I got a tour while he was live on the air. He backtimed a 45 RPM record to NBC Network News at the top of the hour! There was this cool space age stuff on the wall that killed reverb! We had to be super quiet because HE WAS TALKING ON AM 1240 TO LANSING, MICHIGAN. It was so cool and I never wanted to do anything else.
What advice would you give people new to the business?
Network and make friends like crazy. Be a little pushy about it. It’s so amazing how (relatively) easy that is to do now with social media. Save up, sacrifice, come to things like Momentum and just get to know and interact with as many people as you can in this nationwide family of CCM radio people. Any good thing that has happened in my career has happened because I had a good network.
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 people I admire. I will take my time. I think no one is a clearer and more interesting (and hilarious) person to listen to than Brant Hansen. I still learn from him literally every time I listen. Also, on our team at Christian FM I think Lisa Barry is just a great communicator who works so hard and ALWAYS brings her best. I’ve always been a huge fan of Kevin & Taylor and how focused they are. I’m very proud of Lauree Austin, my teammate at KCBI. She’s passionate and funny. Al Skop does a great job on SiriusXM programming The Message. There are a lot.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
A lot of people don’t know that I have been on the air continuously on SiriusXM, The Message, and before that, Sirius Spirit, for 15 years. I’m proud of that. I was very happy to be PD at WAY-FM when we won our first “Station Of The Year” from the GMA. In one form or another I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I’m currently doing middays on the Christian FM Network, Mornings on SiriusXM The Message, Middays on KCBI – Dallas, and morning news on HIS Radio Network.I know that reads like my big accomplishment is “existing”. I used to think being around a while just happened, but the older I get the more I appreciate the gift of doing one thing for a very long time, and how much hard work goes into it.
Tell us about a story of a Christian song that made a difference in your life or the life of a listener.
This is obscure for some, but there has been no CCM song that has resonated more with me than “Lord Of The Past” by Bob Bennett, from 1990. I’ve never heard a song’s lyrics before or since put Healing in this context and perspective. I still love it. It still encourages me.
Air Talent, Christian FM
CMB Gold Member in 2019