my broadcasting career at KSKG in Salina, KS as a part time
employee my Senior year in High School. While in college at
Emporia State University, I worked part time at KEGS. After
moving home (back to Salina) I worked part time at KYEZ (KY94)
until I attained a full time position at KLWN/KLZR in Lawrence,
KS, as a Mid-Day Host. I left KLWN/KLZR just after I married my
best friend and the love of my life, who is now my Pastor as
well. A few years later I worked for a short period of time at
WENS in Indianapolis but soon discovered that my family time was
more important. Before I knew it, years had passed. Our three
wonderful kids were older and God was nudging me back into the
business, but I knew that I wanted to leave secular radio
behind. I began to search for the place He wanted me, and have
been with Great Plains Christian Radio for four years now as the
Office Manager/Announcer and now as
for KJIL East. I also Voice Track for our sister station in
Meade, KS. I feel very blessed to be part of a team that feels
more like family. God is good... everyone should love what they
Tell us about any recent changes at KJIL (bring
us up to date)?
This last year
Great Plains Christian Radio has seen a lot of changes. Long
time Morning Show Host Michael Luskey has taken the reigns as
CEO/President, Jennifer Pooler has joined our staff at KJIL East
(KJRL) and I have recently shifted gears from Office Manager to
Operations Manager. It’s an exciting time as we prayerfully
follow the path that God has for us!
2. Describe your local/regional market?
KJIL East (KJRL)
covers much of the Heartland and this year we are growing with a
new full power signal going into Manhattan, KS this Fall!
3. How is KJIL touching the listeners?
we air and every song we play has the potential to encourage, to
educate, to open up a conversation, to change someone’s life and
help them draw closer or to redirect their focus throughout the
day on the One True God. Our Mission Statement at GPCR comes
from Matthew 18:19-20 and “aims to encourage, inspire, inform,
instruct, challenge and entertain believers. Its aim is to
accomplish this goal through a balanced and appealing radio
4. How do you and staff keep spiritually
around 10:30 you will find the KJIL East Staff gathering for
prayer time. We pray for our listeners, for our Underwriters,
for our churches, for our co-workers, for other stations and
their staff… well, you get the picture... come join us sometime!
5. Where do you find new talent for your station?
I believe God
has sent new talent our way. I think most of us have left the
secular world of broadcasting in search of something more… a
place that we’ve been called to that allows us to serve Him
6. What promotions/connections work best for KJIL?
Each year KJIL
is a Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child and that keeps
us involved in many ways all year, and throughout our listening
area. Social Networking is high on our priority list with
Facebook and Twitter account. One of my favorite ways to
connect is through our daily devotional that we send out
quarterly. The Devotional helps us to connect not only on the
air but with encouragement in our listeners walk with God in
written form as well. We also have a Pastor’s Brunch once a
month with area Pastors joining us for a time of encouragement,
community and prayer. This year we are starting a new
relationship with Relay for Life and looking for other ways to
connect more frequently with the communities we serve.
7. Generally speaking to the industry what are
the biggest obstacles facing Christian radio today?
It seems to me
that we are losing a generation of givers… folks that see a need
and want to fill it. Those that have been taught that tithing
is important and that giving above and beyond to help fill the
needs of others is what we should do because we care. I see a
lot of “entitlement” in our world today and hope that we can
make a difference before we no longer have a Pregnancy Service
Center, a Relay for Life, Operation Christmas Child or a
Non-profit Radio Station that serves Him first in hopes of
changing a life for eternity. I’d like to think that we can all
make a difference!
8. What (if any) Christian radio stations do you
consider as innovators today?
the dial a time or two” and I believe that every CCM Station has
a niche to call their own. I think you will find that it’s the
gifts that God has given each staff member that gives them the
opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those they
9. Where do you see Linda Emig in 5 years?
You never know
what God has in store for you, however, I do hope that He allows
me to continue serving Him from right here at KJIL!