Member Spotlight – Josh Jones

What is your favorite song?
I’m a guitar player and a rocker.  Loud guitars always win with me.  I’m picking “Radical” by Disciple.  Good lawn mowing tunes!

What is the last book you’ve read?
Pastor Gus Booth – “Shh! Be Quiet Christian”.  He pastors in our back yard in Warroad, MN and took on the government by challenging the IRS about what pastors can say from the pulpit.  He has become a very good friend.  I encourage you to check him out, this dude is on fire!

What led you to a career in radio?
I was an 80’s high school kid who loved music and was looking for a part-time job.  I started by playing the weekend countdown shows on vinyl, and overnight shifts.  I had some great mentors who took the time to teach.  After 20 years in secular radio, I’m so happy that I could share Jesus on the radio for the last 6!

What advice would you give people new to the business?
Stick close to people who can teach you.  If they’re not willing to spend the time to help you through the basics and to improve, find someone who can.  Learn, learn, learn.  Immerse yourself in the music.  Product knowledge is always key!  Oh yeah, and be willing to do everything!

Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Scott Herrold from SOS in Las Vegas.  Sharing the good news of Jesus in Las Vegas to the broken on it’s own is amazing.  From day one, he has always extended himself to me as a friend and ally.  He and the staff at SOS are heavily involved in the community, giving hope.

How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
Going out, experiencing life outside the radio station walls.  I’m not good at this either, but use your vacation time!  I also get fired up by attending Momentum.  It tends to be like drinking out of a fire hose for a few days, but I can take everything I’ve learned and see how it fits with what we’re doing!  An iced caramel macchiato with an extra shot helps, too.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?
We finally figured how to enable a skill on Amazon, so I’ll have to say Echo!  Alexa, play Your QFM!

What is your favorite part of your job?
I’m a bit of an introvert, but love meeting people.  To meet the people that have let you into their lives every day is amazing, and to hear their stories about how their lives have been changed by Jesus.

Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
Hands down, Wally at WAY-FM.  He is an excellent leader and conductor of all on his show.  They all have strengths and abilities that he is able to weave into something excellent.  He’s not afraid to make fun of himself, and is very good at sharing life.  I believe he genuinely loves what he’s doing, and we miss having him.

What was your last non-industry job?
I have a very fun side-hustle.  I run sound and play music during hockey games at the University Of North Dakota!  We have a HUGE hockey program up here.  I love to pop in some Skillet and Thousand Foot Krutch to pump em up!  I also teach guitar lessons on the side.

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Our station started a very neat thing a few years back called “Better To Give”.  We give back from tithing dollars to help out families between Thanksgiving and Christmas by taking nominations from our listeners, then awarding $500 cash gifts.  We have been able to do about 20 of these every year.  It’s amazing when we call these families and they hear that they were nominated for a blessing!  There are lots of incredible stories, and lots of tears.

Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.  Let’s make Lefse! Very popular with our Norwegian heritage in Minnesota and North Dakota!

  1. Cover potatoes with water and cook until tender. Run hot potatoes through a potato ricer. Place into a large bowl. Beat butter, cream, salt, and sugar into the hot riced potatoes. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Stir flour into the potato mixture. Pull off pieces of the dough and form into walnut size balls. Lightly flour a pastry cloth and roll out lefse balls to 1/8 inch thickness.
  3. Cook on a hot 400 degree griddle until bubbles form and each side has browned. Place on a damp towel to cool slightly and then cover with damp towel until ready to serve.
  4. Cover with butter and sugar, roll it up and eat!  YUM!

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
A swirl of firecracker red and gray.  I enjoy helping to create excitement, then settle back, blend in and watch it go!

Josh Jones
Your QFM – Program Director
CMB Silver Member Since 2015