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Kenny Fowler

Music Director

WBHY

Mobile

 

 

Kenny's Career Capsule
I've been working for WBHY for the past eight years. I started as a volunteer and have now served as the morning show host and music director for the past four years.  I started in radio at the University of Mobile where I earned a degree in broadcast journalism.  I also serve as the student minister at a church in Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

1. Tell us about your market and how it is unique?

Power 88 covers both the Mobile (AL) and Pensacola (FL) markets.  We also cover vacation area hotspots like Gulf Shores and Orange Beach so we have the opportunity to be exposed to hundreds of thousands of vacationers annually.  We cover areas that are seeing major population growth as well.

 

2. What is the most fulfilling aspect to you personally about Christian radio?

Having an outlet for the talents that God has blessed me with and being a part of making a positive difference for Christ on the Gulf Coast. 

 

3. Here is your chance to testify on behalf of your station...How has God used WBHY?

On the air, God has used the station to bless listeners an innumerable amount of  times through this ministry.  Behind the mic, God has grown WBHY as a ministry by confirming time after time that he has us operating on the gulf coast 'for such a time as this.'  Personally, I am further along in my walk with the Lord now than eight years ago because of the people I've met through of the station and the people I've had the opportunity to work with.

 

4. What is the criteria that determines if a song receives airplay on your station?

Are we a better station as a result of playing this song?  Does the song actually have a meaning that connects with the listener?  Does it fit in the format that we have laid out?  This, and the norms; quality, production, charts, length, and of course no references to cartoons being saved ;) After all that, does my wife like it.

 

5. What kind of promotions work best for your station?

Those that offer free stuff to the listener :) 

 

6. How do you think Christian Record labels can better serve Christian radio?

Being able to pick up the phone if you don't receive a single and actually talk to a person on the other end.  Also having a uniform way to access singles

 

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

Continuing to break the mindset of the masses that all Christian radio today is preaching, hymns and begging for money. Showing that Christian radio is relevant and appealing.  

 

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

Being a friend that you can turn to and being real.  Letting people understand that behind the microphone, spots, sweepers and voice is the beating heart of someone who experiences life like they do.  If you can connect with a person on a personal basis you have a listener who wants to be a part of what your trying to accomplish as a ministry.

 

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

I don't get too much of a chance to hear many others, but I think RadioU seems to be pretty cutting edge.  I also thought the April Fool's day joke that "The House FM 89.7" morning team did was classic.  I applaud originality and creativity like that.  

 

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

 I see better quality radio.  Quality from the aspect of better production, a more competitive sound with mainstream counterparts and fresh talent.   I believe God is raising up students with a passion and calling to Christian radio. 

 

        

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