Member Spotlight – Don Godman

What led you to a career in the radio industry?

I’ve always loved to be around microphones from my earliest memory. In fact, when I was in the hospital for pneumonia at the age of three, the nurse gave me the rubber-tipped plunger from a 60cc syringe to use as a microphone. I still have it today.

What advice would you give people new to the business?

You’ve got to be a learner and a worker. Soak up all the knowledge you can from the most qualified people you can find. I’ve been fortunate to have some wonderfully talented and qualified people invest in me over the last 30 years. My coach, Tommy Kramer, has reminded me countless times that the following three things always win when done consistently together: Excellent momentum, passion, and hard work. Period. After 18 years of his coaching, I’m a believer.

Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?

Grateful for John Frost’s crusade to bring the “what are we trying to accomplish” revolution to every station in the format;  My best friend, Jerry Woods, who kicks butt with top his five rated morning show in the nation’s capital as well as being one of the best promotions guys in the industry; and my boss, Barefoot Media President Brian Yeager, who resources our team better than most major market stations while raising up leaders who are as passionate as he is about growing God’s kingdom.

Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.

I’m proudest of what God has done to change my life over the last two years through my business coach, Dennis Mansfield. During out first coaching session, Dennis went right to the heart of my pain and challenged me to face the fear and shame I’d let stand between me and God for so long. The journey of becoming a man started for me at the age of 46. Crazy. Hard. Wonderful. Because of my developing dependence on God, I’ve lost 65 pounds and am on a journey that is both challenging and joyful at the the same time. So, my claim to fame here is FINALLY giving up on myself and allowing God control of my entire life (and remembering to re-give Him control after I snatch it back). 

Tell us about a story of a Christian song that made a difference in your life or the life of a listener.

My favorite song-story has to be Matthew West’s “Do Something.”  He tells the story of Andrea, a college student missionary who started her own orphanage in Africa to save a bunch of kids from the abusive people who ran another orphanage close by. She didn’t know how she would take on the corruption and the evil powers that were all too big for her, but she said, if not me then who will help them? She went forward in God’s power and did the impossible. So inspiring!

Don Godman
Program Director, KTSY
CMB Silver Member since 2019

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