been a radio personality for many years and spent time in Top 40
and Rock radio before joining ministry radio in 2002. She has
also had a stint on VH1's Rock Across America, had a recipe
published in a cook book, worked as an Entertainment reporter,
continues Public speaking at seminars and retreats. Enjoyed
Modeling for a fitness line worked part time as a makeup artist
and has been spokesperson for local and national companies. (All
while working full time in radio)
How has your show evolved or changed over the last few years?
Back in 2002
when I initially went to Christian radio from mainstream, my
goal was to do a “cleaner version” of what I had done in
mainstream. Kind of opening up the same “bag of tricks” just
with different labels on them.
As my faith
has matured and I’ve had the opportunity to work with radio’s
top teachers for the last eight years, the focus of the show has
changed to, “it’s all about real life”. Sometimes that’s sweet,
sometimes silly, thought provoking, anger inducing or just
plain, “wow, me too!” It’s not always *where does God fit
into this?* it’s what does this look like from the
perspective of one who follows Jesus.
2. How important is social networking to Christian Radio
is where having a background in mainstream radio and television
comes into play for me. See, I love “Gorilla warfare” radio! I
always have. It’s a thrill to be better, as a station, than the
competition. So to deny ourselves the same very powerful tools
combined with the savvy to use them to full potential would just
be a waste.
networking is every bit as important to Christian Radio
Personalities as it is to mainstream, maybe even more so as we
are still very much in a niche format in many markets. This is a
great way to be noticed, if done well, and bring new listeners
in through twitter, facebook, chirbit, blog comments etc.
Just as an
example, the three major dayparts on CHRSN:
Brant is a
blogger. He’s amazing when it comes to putting his thoughts in
writing and invoking response. And he can do it fast!! You
should see the guy type- really. I can’t even THINK that fast.
video- he and his team do this well. So well, there are hundreds
of hits in a show when he’s mentioned something new is there to
check out. It’s clever, creative and amusing!
For me, it’s
facebook. I update frequently and intentionally. In my daypart,
I believe it’s important to do facebook WELL because so many
people can’t call in from work or won’t stop what they’re doing
to pick up the phone, but still desire to have their input taken
into consideration. So this is where *we* can bend to our
audience instead of *them* having to bend to our needs.
We can literally meet them where they are already- on the
computer or smart phone.
3. What show topics seem to be hot right now?
mantra *thank you Tommy Kramer* is Never settle for
anything that’s not based on emotion. As long as I stay in that
place and consider that statement in each “topic” it’s gonna be
hot. Now do I always get it right? I wish! But I try to stay in
that place whether we’re talking about work, marriage, pets,
play, kids or God.
4. What can Christian Radio do to develop young talent?
radio should start expecting MORE, not less. If you can do the
same show on any station, you’re probably doing it right.
Because what’s good is good. But many Christian stations are
still under the idea of, “we’re JUST a Christian station” Well,
than we ought to be blowing everyone away because we’re doing
this for the glory of God! Not just to have a good book in the
5. Do you use any show prep services… tell why or why not?
I do have a
couple of subscriptions but more often than not, I will be
hanging out with friends, grab my iPhone and start typing into
the calendar for tomorrow’s show, something that someone just
did or said that was amusing, thought provoking or emotional.
When they see me go for the phone in mid conversation, they’re
like “oh, no!!!!” ha!
6. Do you think there will be more or less syndication in the
future of Christian radio?
mainstream radio has taken the best to a national level and will
continue I believe Christian stations will do the same. This
serves TWO purposes: Great talent is on ALL the time and the
stations save money. Just as a station shouldn’t syndicate JUST
to save money, if they don’t have the best possible talent on in
their market, they can find it nationally.
7. What (if any) Christian radio shows do you consider as
listen to every show on CHRSN, they are all different and
innovative which is why syndication works so well for CHRSN.
With Brant always goes for quirky big brother with a lot of
opportunity for discussion about meaty biblically based topics
as well as silly stuff that you might be thinking anyway, but
wouldn’t say out load…or would you?
Cruz, as I mentioned, is all about real life. It’s much like
“hang out time” with friends. Whatever comes up is a chance to
pull up a chair and be one of the friends. No matter where you
live in the world, people are people and the common places where
we can relate meet the emotions that make us unique and it all
comes out on the air.
with Wally is one of the most innovative shows ANY format has
ever experienced. Gary isn’t afraid of bringing ANYTHING up.
It’s the perfect take on what John Frost would say, “you can
talk about anything, it’s just the WAY you talk about it”. This
is a show that welcomes the deeply wounded question asking