What is your life verse and why?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3: 5-6
My brain is always trying to figure things out, where are we going, what to do next and on and on…this verse centers me to a place where I don’t have to have it all figured out, God does and now I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! I’m so thankful for God’s promises that come true 100% of the time and this verse has been extremely helpful.
A genie gives you three wishes—what are they?
This is an interesting question, my first thoughts would go to wishing God came back today or salvation for people I know, but I’m guessing you are asking for other things! Well, Wish #1 – ask for more wishes…lol…Wish #2 – a beach house for my wife (she loves the beach) Wish #3 – My dad to come back from heaven for just a day so we can hang out and go to a Buffalo Bills game.
If you could time travel, when and where would you go?
There are a ton of places I would stop, but after visiting Israel recently, I’d love to see what it really looked like when Jesus was and the disciples were walking around, I’d also check out how they were building the pyramids in Egypt and hang out with Noah when all those animals started boarding the Ark!
What’s your favorite fast food chain?
What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?
A Navy fighter pilot (still do to this day)
If you were an animal, what animal would you want to be?
A Killer Whale – just think about it: You can swim anywhere in the world and nobody will mess with you!
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hamburgers, absolutely it’s Hamburgers.
What’s the career highlight you’re most proud of?
There are things like being nominated for a CMA Award during my country radio days or the impact the morning show we built in New York had on so many, but honestly…the highlight was while I was Operations Manager for WMHK, God asked our team to “end well” in 2014 when we found out KLOVE was purchasing our heritage station. It wasn’t easy, but when we realized the decisions were made and couldn’t be changed, we felt God wanted us to just end well. I’m so proud of that team and the way they handled themselves (This team included: Jeff Cruz, Mike Weston, Michelle Renew, Kelly LeGrand, David Morrison, Julie Anderson, Joe Polek). We did everything we could to help the college that was selling us to “end well” and at the same time, help KLOVE “start well”. We had staff members who were released from employment earlier than the switch over that came back into work to “volunteer” because they knew we needed the help. I was actually, the last employee on site, turning in the keys, checkbooks, paperwork, pulled the plugs on the equipment and shut the doors for the last time just a few days before Christmas that year (as you know KLOVE doesn’t need those local studios and the college had other plans for that space). It was extremely difficult, but certainly a career highlight and I’m SO thankful the Lord chose us to go through that experience together. (BTW- I’ve never had the chance publicly to say this, but even though we would have preferred to keep WMHK local, the decision was made and out of our hands and the EMF (KLOVE) staff, engineers and leadership were so kind to us as we walked through this experience together. I will never forget one of our donors wanting to meet the KLOVE staff. Well, we made that happen and sitting on the couch with this donor and their family in tears over their favorite station going away, the KLOVE team was also crying! It wasn’t fake, but a true expression of understanding. I’ll never forget that day.)
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Make sure we’re on the air!
Do you think iced coffee should only be consumed in the summer or all year round?
All year round.
What’s your favorite family tradition?
We learned this from Tamara’s (my wife) side of the family. At Christmas, with gifts under the tree, one person picks up a gift and presents it to another. They open their gift, while we all watch (and stories shared about what a great deal they go on it back in July or something…lol), then the person who just opened a gift, gets up and picks another gift from under the tree and continues this process until all the gifts are unwrapped. As kids, we just ripped through the presents in 2 minutes. This way has been so much better…it can take a while, but it’s been one of our favorite traditions for sure.
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