What is your favorite song?
That’s just not a fair question. I have so many and it depends often on the day or situation. Let me share a few. They include: “Stronger than Before” – Janny Grein, “I Just Want To Be Where You Are” – Don Moen, “Mask of the Great Deceiver” – Kerry Livgren, “Heaven Southwestern” -Darrell Mansfield, “The Way” – Pat Barrett, “Come as You Are” – Crowder, …to name a few.
What is the last book you’ve read?
That would be “Jesus Revolution” by Greg Laurie & Ellen Vaughn. Currently reading “The Reason for My Hope” -Billy Graham
What led you to a career in radio?
I grew up listening to music and while in high school was involved in a media class. We had our announcements via close-circuit tv and I started with helping with the sound, then camera operator, script writing and then anchoring. My mother listened to the local Christian station and I thought we could be doing better than that. I knew they were doing their best, but that didn’t appeal to me as a teen. The lunch room supervisor at school introduced me to her husband who was the director of the Radio/TV-Film department at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and we hit it off.
What advice would you give people new to the business?
- Be patient
- Trust the process
- One thing at a time
- Invest in those around you
- Plan for your replacement
- Never forget #1.
Give a shoutout to someone who is making a difference in radio and what are they doing to make an impact?
Roger Lonnquist-Your Network of Praise, Scott Herrold at SOS, Chris Lemke at WCSG and Chuck Finney-Consultant. Roger and his team continue to focus on ministry outside their own coverage areas-starting Radio Tanzania and more. So impressed with their heart for outreach. Scott and his crew are always thinking about their audience and reaching and connect with them. Chris and company keep pressing on and keeping the main thing the main thing, through the trials of ministry. Chuck-continues to invest in our team and grow us which in turn touches our listeners in a special way.
How do you refresh your creative energy at work?
Keep moving. Keep asking questions. Keep thinking what if, or what do you think.
Amazon Echo or Google Home?
What is your favorite part of your job?
That it is not a job. It is a privilege to be a part of people’s lives through The Family Radio Network, both on air, on line.
Who is your favorite air personality not on your staff and why do you like them?
Delilah. You can sense your heart, compassion and she’s a communicator.
What was your last non-industry job?
That would be Vice President of Environmental Management for Wisconsin National Life Insurance Company in Oshkosh back in 1979. (was a part time janitor-the job put me through college!)
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
Being given the opportunity to be the Executive Director of The Family Radio Network for 15 years. For someone that started out as a part time on air person in 1980, then went through being the Program, Music, Production director positions, General Manager…etc., this was a great opportunity. Plus, being able to work on planning for the ministry’s future by realizing it was time to think about a replacement/transition and we hired our CEO Sonia Barham 3 years ago. Just this last month we were able to increase the power of WGNV-88.5 Wausau/Stevens Point from 50,000 to 100,000 watts. Guess it’s hard to limit it to one.
Teach me something I don’t know in the next five minutes.-Compassion-it takes more than 5 minutes.
Got a lifetime to learn?
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Powder Blue – my favorite color, color of my first car – a 1964 Ford Fairlane. It’s the color of a beautiful sky and when I see that I think of God’s creation and so grateful to be a part of it.
The Family Radio Network – Chief Operating Officer/General Manager
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