I came to
Trevecca Nazarene University in January 1981and fell in love
with the campus radio station, WNAZ. My highlights as a student
included hosting the morning show and becoming the Program
Director. After graduation, I worked the afternoon shift at a
Christian AM in Nashville for about a year and a half. I also
worked weekend overnights for a few months at WMBW in
Chattanooga. Then a position came open at WNAZ, so I returned
as Operations Manager for a little over five years.
Later, WCVK in
Bowling Green, Kentucky needed a General Manager and I was
fortunate enough to land that job. The five years that a worked
in that role provided me with a lot of great experiences and
challenges. However, I felt like I was never on the same page
with the Board of Directors and I made a rash decision to
resign. Some of you reading this may understand that kind of
frustration. I encourage you to be patient. Life is about
learning to work with people, not running away from them.
Fortunately, I was eventually able to return to WNAZ as
Operations Manager. Two years ago, I became Station Manager.
It has been a real privilege to work with college students.
They bring a great deal of enthusiasm that can be hard to find.
It is great to be a part of the process as they learn and
1. Recently WNAZ announced it
has been sold to Bott Radio, can you tell us how this came
about.... when & what changes will occur?
WNAZ has been operating at a loss
for several years, eventually Trevecca Nazarene University
decided it was time to sell.
2. How has the sale affected
the staff.... you personally?
We are looking for new jobs. No one
wants to be searching for a job right now, but I think we all
feel that God has a plan. Thatís not to say that we donít feel
some pressure, but we are in the business of providing
encouragement and hope. Now, we find ourselves in a position of
uncertainty that many of our listeners are experiencing. Itís
time for us to rely on that message of encouragement and hope.
3. What advice can you give
to others in Christian radio that may face the same situation?
This is not easy to answer.
However, one thing I will say is that it is important to finish
well. We have been dealing with this matter for several months,
which has given us the opportunity to communicate to our donors
about the upcoming change as well as express our great
appreciation for their support. We are thankful for that
On the other hand, dealing with
this situation for several months can create real frustration.
Donít allow that frustration to turn to anger against your
employer and employees. I have to remind myself that the
decision to sell WNAZ was not made with malice. God has allowed
it and I have to accept it. And like I said, he wants me to
finish well. I need to continue to give my best effort in
performing my remaining tasks.
4. How do you think the
sale will affect the Christian radio landscape in Nashville?
Well, truthfully WNAZ has been
kind of hidden gem for the last few years. The FISH and WAY-FM
have much larger audiences and the general public is much more
aware of their existence. However, WNAZ will be missed by those
craving the newest offerings and a little more variety.
One thing that WNAZ has been able
to do a little more than the FISH and WAY-FM is feature local
guests. Since WNAZ is part of a network serving multiple
markets, we have been able to give more on-air interviews
regarding local events and causes.
Of course, I am also saddened
that Trevecca Nazarene students will no longer have the
opportunity to work at a traditional over the air station. I
have a bias, but I just donít think anything beats that kind of
5. Regarding Christian
radio programming what kind of promotions work best for
The short answer may be whatever
is working best for all radio stations. Obviously, it needs to
be family friendly. I also think it works best if the contest
is fairly simple and fun.
6. How do you think
Christian Record labels can better serve Christian radio?
This is one of those questions I
never know how to answer, especially since I donít know anything
about working at a label. I do feel like I have noticed that
the label reps that I talk to on the phone understand that this
is not just a business but a ministry. Of course, they have
their goals and they are going to ask for radioís help in
achieving those goals, but I think they understand the value of
a relationship. If a label rep has the attitude that we are all
in this together, I think they are going to be more successful.
Radio people need to have that attitude as well.
7. In your opinion what are
the biggest obstacles facing Christian radio today?
#1- Money. We need to continue
to learn to be creative and effective fundraisers.
#2-Technology. Keep up with it
8. What do you believe is
the primary role of the Christian radio air personality?
The audience wants encouragement
and hope. Give it to them by being friendly and having fun.
The audience wants to know that enjoy what you are doing. Please
donít try to be something that you are not. The audience can
9. What (if any) Christian
radio stations do you consider as innovators today?
I think stations that are
presenting a global message are real innovators. I feel it is
important that we communicate a message that we are trying to
impact families, communities and the world with the message of
Christ. Stations need to build partnerships with churches,
businesses, organizations, etc that have that vision.
10. Where do you see
Christian radio in 5 years?
This is another difficult
question. I have a hard time keeping up with all the technology
that is available now, so it has been great working with college
students that can help me. All I know is that we have to
continue to keep up with technology. I got into radio because I
had some idea of the potential to reach others for Christ. The
new technologies are bringing more great potential, we need to