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Feature Interview

Jenn Derrick

Morning Show Co-Host / Assistant Promotions Director

KJTH

Ponca City

To contact Jenn click here

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Jenn's Career Capsule

Jenn’s career started at age 17 (when she knew everything) as an intern at The House FM. Not a cool Broadcast Intern who got to actually push the buttons, mind you…a phone-answering, envelope-licking, bathroom-cleaning intern (don’t get those last two mixed up). Credit can only be given to God for His favor to continually promote Jenn from what she made sound like a Cinderella story to now being the Morning Show Co-Host and Assistant Promotions Director at The House FM. Also, she’s 24 now and all she knows is she doesn't know a lot.

 


 

1. Tell us about your role at The House FM, your responsibilities etc... ?

Officially, I’m the Morning Show Co-Host on “Wake Up! With Carder & Jenn”, plus the Assistant Promotions Director. Unofficially, I wear every hat you can think of…good thing I look great in hats J

 

2. How has The House FM evolved since you joined them?

Maybe this is just me, but I feel like we’re more focused than ever on the major goal: reaching people for Christ. Just like our lives, we can get distracted by shiny things. It’s when we’re pulling together as a team & making every effort to do our best on the really important stuff where change happens.

 

3.  What is the best promotion advice you've been given? The worst??

Best: “Always look for an experience.” A winner will remember that (and tell others) a lot more than another CD.

Worst: Promotions or otherwise, “It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” Seems like there should be a better way.

 

4. Regarding your career, what are you most proud of?

This interview.

Hahaha, no, I probably shouldn't be proud at all, because I mess things up regularly, but I am thankful. Thankful that God has truly given me the desires of my heart to talk about Him everyday…like, that’s my job! When we do things like Operation Christmas Child, Turkey for Tunes or even a concert, I get to be a part of connecting people to Jesus.

Most recently, I was working a tobyMac/Skillet/LeCrae show and a woman who listens every day, calls in, etc., came to say “hi” in her super bubbly disposition. I mirrored it back as best I could but felt led to ask her how things really were since her husband went on leave again. The perfect mask she was trying her hardest to keep up came streaming down her face as she said, “It’s just so hard.” I only really know her through Facebook and just about every concert, but she feels she knows me & I really feel I know her too. Even as Skillet was screaming in the background, I was able to pray over her and her precious family. God is all about individuals and it’s individual stories like these that make up why I do what I do.

 

5. What is the one thing you must have to do your job every day?

It may sound cheesy, but honestly I have to have time with God. This goes for anyone…you don’t know what’s coming at you today. Why wait until craziness happens to seek God for help and try not to freak out? Prepare for your day before you face it.

 

6. Where will future air talent come from?

Good question! It could come from a friend of a friend or a previous volunteer. It's not all about what someone looks like on paper or how much talent someone says they have...I was a 17 year old intern, so it’s obvious that God wants to use willing people!

 

7. Do you feel syndication is good or bad for Christian radio?

Depends on how you go about it. It can easily be very bad, but if you’re strategic and continue to make tweaks, I believe it could be done well...aka: personal.

 

8. Who are your radio heroes and influences? and why?

People I've worked one-on-one with…people who have invested time in me like Don Burns, Brent McCoy, Andy Youso, Carder Price and Brian Wright. They've all taught me things about the industry, others, myself and Jesus.

 

 

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