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David Palmer

VP Sales & Marketing 

ChristianNetcast

Virginia Beach


 

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David's Career Capsule
My career has covered just about everything. I was a radio man in the Navy aboard the USS Bainbridge. I have been in sales most of my life, My big break came when the internet was in its infancy in the 90s. I worked my way up as an executive at Cable and Wireless who at that time was just scratching the surface of using the internet for networking. Then in '99 we started ChristianNetcast. Along the way I have traveled with ministries and did some evangelistic work of my own. One of the things I have enjoyed is doing play by play for high school sports on the radio.

 

1. How has ChristianNetcast evolved over the last few years?

We started in the back of my business partners (Todd VanTasel) computer shop. We then opened an office in Bangor Maine close to where we lived at the time. Then we were targeting churches to broadcast their services on line. At the point most churches did not get it so we start targeting Christian Radio stations and BANG we took off. ChristianNetcast was the first streaming company to have a niche market in the Christian sector. As technology has changed so have we. We now do video, live events, graduations, weddings and just about any other event you could imagine. Now we are changing again with the evolution of mobile technology.

 

2. How was ChristianNetcast conceived?

One Sunday in Maine there was a snow storm that prevented people from coming out to the service we started talking about how if we put the service on line then people could attend from home. Taken from the verse that states "cast your nets" we formed ChristianNetcast, Casting the Net for Christ.

 

3. What does ChristianNetcast do to assist stations with their on-line streaming?

We spend a great deal of time researching the latest technology to ensure our customers are on the cutting edge. We provide the stations with the software and network services to broadcast globally via the internet.

 

4. What criteria do you require for a station to use ChristianNetcast?

We make it very simple for a station to stream with us, no expensive software or hardware to buy just a pc and an internet connection and we can have you up and streaming!!

 

5. What do you see in the future for online radio listening?

Online listening will evolve into everywhere listening. With smart phones people can now listen anywhere. The future of radio listening will be in your hand.

 

6. What is the one single reason why a Christian radio station needs to stream online?

IMPACT, if a station is not online streaming then they are depending solely on the transmitter to reach an audience. with streaming you go for local to global.

 

7. In your opinion what are the biggest obstacles facing Christian radio today?

Wow, there are several. I would have to say that if the current administration pushes through the proposed fairness doctrine and gives the FCC regulatory authority over the internet it could very well change Christian broadcasting as we know it today.

 

8. What do you believe is the primary role of the Christian radio air personality?

To not only entertain but touch and change lives. You can tune into any station that will have on air personality that will entertain, but Christian radio is called to do so much more.

 

9. What (if any) Christian radio stations do you consider as innovators today?

KXOJ in Tulsa is a  station that is always striving to stay up what is the latest in streaming and what they can do to stay ahead. Also WMIT in NC and Bott Radio Network does a great job in targeting their on line audience.

 

10. Where do you see Christian radio in 5 years?

There is a real shaking out taking place right now in Christian radio. Over the next five years you will see less of buying up of stations like we saw over the last few years and a shift back to locally owned stations expanding using technology like streaming.

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