What led you to a career in the radio industry?
I accidentally took a radio broadcasting class in college, and was too chicken to walk out. They had me shadow a guy whose enthusiasm and joy was contagious. I fell in love with radio and couldn’t get enough of it. So I turned down a pro-wrestling offer to pursue a job babysitting KTIS in Minneapolis, eventually helping to produce their Morning Show.
What advice would you give people new to the business?
Be like Lyle.
Lyle is one of our weekend announcers and has been with our station since 1970. What impresses me more than his experience is that he’s humble, teachable, hungry to learn more, and adapts to change very well. Lyle is a great storyteller, and it’s clear that he’s always working hard to craft every story well. Be like Lyle.
Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Dave Wonders and Aaron Pearson at The Pulse in Minnesota do localradio better than anyone I know. They’re in a unique market, so they use unique methods to connect to an audience they know and love well.
Also, I’m continually impressed by Taylor Hohulin and Jen Green at Life 107.1 in Des Moines. They’re as smart as they are entertaining.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
I think the most significant project for me took place two years ago at Life 101.9. Our listeners donated 508 Bibles to prisoners in Eastern Iowa, and the on-air staff got to deliver them personally to inmates at Anamosa State Penitentiary.
Meeting with these guys was one of the most humbling events I’ve experienced. They were thrilled to be getting their own Bibles! We also heard stories about God ministering to them through the radio. Some of them told me that they’re never getting out of that place, but that they’ve fallen in love with Jesus and have made it their goal to tell as many people in there as possible about Jesus for the rest of their lives, and listening to the radio (even the silly, light-hearted stuff… crazy) encourages them in their mission.
Tell us about a story of a Christian song that made a difference in your life or the life of a listener.
November, 2010. My wife and I got into the van and just sat there for a moment in the Children’s Hospital parking ramp.
The brokenness of our hearts left us numb.
We had just walked out of a meeting with the doctors discussing the prognosis of our son. Any worldly hope was shattered.
I turned the key in the ignition, and we heard the opening lines of Aaron Shust’s “My Savior, My God” on KTIS.
“I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned.
I only know at His right hand
Stands One who is my Savior!”
During the next 20 months with our son, God sometimes would show us little glimpses of what He was doing, and it was enough. We learned how to trust Him, and he used a song on the radio to help teach us.
Program Director/Morning Show Co-Host, Life 101.9
CMB Silver Member in 2015-2016, and 2019