Doug & Jaci's Career
Doug was born in Newport Beach, California and grew up in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Doug is fluent in German as he spent his
senior year of High School (1984-85) as an exchange student in
Minden, Germany. Doug has been on morning radio since 1986,
previous stations include: KSOL (where he was the traffic rapper
Doug EEE Fresh) & 6 years as “Jungle Doug” on KRTY/San Jose –
where he met his beautiful wife, Sheryl. Doug has hosted a
number of Christian Mornings shows (Dick & Doug, Doug & Connie,
Doug & Karla). Doug has been the host of “The Family Friendly
Morning Show” since 2002 – enjoying a incredible 8 year run with
co-host Kim. November 4, 2010 began a new chapter as he welcomed
Jaci Velasquez to the morning show. Since 1988 Doug has operated
his own mobile DJ business and has served as DJ and MC for
countless weddings, parties and special events. Doug's eldest
daughter Lauren is married and his son Garic “Baby-Man” Griffin
has been a part of his dad’s morning shows since he could talk.
grew up in an evangelical church where her parents were singers,
evangelists and pastors. jaci has been singing since she was
nine years old, and has been singing professionally for nearly
17 years. Contemporary Christian audiences are most familiar
with her hit songs, "On My Knees" (a Dove Award winning "Song of
the Year"), as well as "God So Loved" and "You're My God." Jaci
has sold over four million albums, garnered three RIAA certified
Platinum recordings, three RIAA certified Gold recordings,
sixteen #1 radio hits, and has graced more than 50 magazine
covers. Her resume' includes ad campaigns for Pepsi, Doritos,
Target, Frizz-Ease, and Helzberg Diamonds. Jaci is married to
Nic Gonzales, lead singer of the Christian group Salvador. Jaci
and Nic were blessed with their son Zealand in 2007 and second
son Soren in 2009.
1. How did the concept of Doug
& Jaci come about?
(Jaci) Honestly the idea was birthed
from the genius minds of Doug, Vance and Mike. Doug face-booked
me a couple of times when his co-host Kim was out on maternity
leave and asked me to fill in and instantly there was a
chemistry, we always had fun and I think they and I knew there
was something there being that I am a mother of 2 toddlers
(boys) I seemed to fit the niche of their demographic.
2. Take us through the process
of putting this new show together?
(Doug) The first thing we did was
get input from our listeners … Kim and I had a great 8 year run
and there were many elements, bits and other characters already
in place … We posted an extensive online survey for our
listeners and are currently digesting that info right now. The
new show will keep some strong benchmarks. like the “Impossible
Question” & our Life Coach segment with former NFL player Chris
Sanders, and add new elements including crazy stories about what
Jaci’s kids are getting into and having her teach us all a
little more “espanol”
3. Describe a typical Doug &
(Doug) We try to continuously go on
a journey with our listeners, targeting family values, being a
support and encouragement that they are not alone but we face
and have faced the same kinds of adventures, the ones that are
challenging and the adventures that make us all smile whether
we’re living it now or simply bring back the sweet memories.
(Jaci) Our goal is to live our lives
out loud with our listeners – to be the encouraging voice in the
morning and serve up their favorite songs.
4. What kind of topics will
Doug & Jaci talk about?
(Jaci) I personally love to talk
spousal relationships, crazy stuff me and all my kids do and how
sometimes as a mom, I simply have no idea what I’m doing!
Thankfully I serve a God who can ordain my steps and give grace
even though I’m undeserving.
(Doug) I think that any and every topic is available to us …
From the current news to the latest trends in pop culture – we
just have to give it the “Doug & Jaci” spin … I love to pick on
her gender and firmly believe that “Men are from Mars – Women
are from Visa”
5. What kind of promotions are
planned for the new show?
(Doug) One element we are adding soon is an in studio web cam
and also staying up to date on all our social media sites –
Facebook, Twitter, You Tube etc.
6. Who does the show prep, how does
this get accomplished?
Joyfully, I confess Doug does all the hard work cause I’m so new
to the “Club” and I’m a stay at home mom when not touring. we
typically talk thru each day of show prep the day before and we
both listen to the others ideas and talk them thru to make sure
we are on the same page. I get to have my “woman/mom” insight to
each and every day. And when we don’t see eye to eye I just
punch him! LOL JUST KIDDING!
(Doug) I subscribe to some great show prep services but on top
of that – just living life – that’s the best show prep.
Everyday Jaci comes in with another “you won’t believe what
Zealand (or Soren) did yesterday” story. My 12 year old son
Garic is also never short on “adventurous” tales and my wife is
also a great add to the show – not only for the chance to put me
in my place (which is rare) but she’s also an author and speaker
and has been very real with our audience about her life, her
past choices and present hope in Christ.
7. What are the biggest obstacles
facing the new show?
For me personally, I am well aware of the fact that I can not
“replace” his original co-host but simply be me, Nic’s wife, Zz
and Soren’s mom, they are the best part of MY day everyday. =)
(Doug) Like any show or station – just getting the word out …
Letting people know that we are here and they need to give us a
try. One great plus to that end is Jaci’s visibility in the
Hispanic and Latin community – the show’s international fan base
is already blossoming because the world loves Jaci.
8. Do you think there will be more
or less syndication in the future of Christian radio?
(Doug) I think there will be more syndication as it offers a
cost effective benefit to the local stations – but I hope that
each local station maintains it’s local presence … Even the
stations that carry our show have more impact on their market
when they also have a local news/traffic/weather person that is
also able to make personal appearances. I would hope as the
economy grows – local stations will be able to do more.
9. What (if any) Christian radio
shows do you consider as innovators today?
Being that I’m so naïve to this new journey, granted I’ve been
an artist for 16 years, I never knew the “other side”, as an
artist we walk in thinking it all appears magically and we have
no idea of the prep that goes into all of it. Silly us! =)
10. Where do you see Christian
morning radio in 5 years?
As long as there are people driving to work, mom’s dropping
there kids off at school, there will ALWAYS be a place for
Christian morning radio. Nothing can replace the simplicity of
starting your car and hearing familiar voices to set you at ease
and make you smile at the start of your new day that will be
full of adventures on so many levels.
(Doug) I am so blessed to be a
part of such an innovative company, who is thinking outside the
box and making waves across the country.