What led you to a career in the radio industry?
From as early as I can remember I’ve wanted to be in the industry. When I was 5 years old a new local Christian Station started in the Heartland. I loved it and even had it on the background in our house when I asked my mother to lead me in the prayer for salvation. When I was 5th Grade my teacher advised me to call someone in the profession I wanted to be in, so I called the afternoon DJ of KJIL, he told me what to do in college and I grew up and followed that to a T! I worked in pop radio for 4 years, country for 2 years but always wanted to be in Christian Radio. So every three months I would apply to Christian Radio Stations around the globe. One such time God kept calling me to apply to my old town radio station, KJIL. I waved it off thinking that they wouldn’t need me. After three days of God waking me up with this calling I finally looked at their website and saw the afternoon DJ from my childhood was now the General Manager. I shot him an email and I have been there ever since (going on 7 years!)
What advice would you give people new to the business?
Don’t be afraid to learn new things. Change is never fun at first but without it how can we grow, not just in radio but in faith as well? My father always joked to start off each day saying, “I know nothing.” By doing that, he said, you are guaranteed to learn something each day. It’s silly but it’s true. It’s so easy to get stuck in your own way of doing something and I promise I’m the same way but remembering the know nothing rule has helped me so many times.
Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Oh gosh there are so many people I feel I could this to but I’ll throw this one to Alex McKenzie. That may not be a name you have heard of but let me tell you about my friend Alex. He has been in radio since he was 14, volunteering at a little station in Hays, KS, KPRD, from there he studied under their engineer and self taught himself to be an engineer from stations from Texas all the way to South Dakota. He has been recently been working with me at KJIL taking care of over 50 signals for the last 4 years. And just a few weeks ago he took a brand new position as President of the Praise Network (South Dakota, Nebraska, and North Kansas) at the age of 28! We are going to miss him at KJIL but wow! At that age and making such a difference in the Kingdom! Love it!
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Haha I have no idea how to answer this question at all. I’m just thankful to be in Christian Radio after all of these years of wanting to do just that. I think the best thing that ever happens is when a listener comes up and says that song you played or that story you gave months ago helped me in some way! That’s nothing I do but that’s what God has done through me and that’s just crazy to think about. I’m just some goofy morning show guy that dances and sings to every song in the list and yet God uses me. That’s really cool.
Tell us about a story of a Christian song that made a difference in your life or the life of a listener.
This just happened last month, I had just played I Am They’s “Scars.” The song had just finished and I got a call from a sobbing mother. She went on to explain that her daughter had just went through some rough stuff that last few months and had been cutting herself and wanted to end her life. She had stopped and turned her soul over to Jesus, what a blessing. The mother went on to thank us for playing that song as she felt that God had wanted her to hear that song and let her know that her daughter will be fine even with the physical and mental scars that she will carry. Wow! That’s all God!
KJIL/KHYM/Music Director/Web Master
CMB Member Since 2019