My first radio job was
overnights at KXRE/Colorado Springs in 1988. Since then, my
radio career has been a splattering of stops at KKRS/Denver, the
WayFM Network/Nashville, and a brief stint at the Air1 Network
before landing at KXGM/TheSpirit/Eastern Iowa where I'm
currently the Music Director and Promotions Director. I also do
production and assist with Programming which makes creating time
for my new bride a bit of a challenge (see picture). In-between
radio jobs, I've been a radio promoter, concert promoter, road
manager and/or merchandise manager, artist manager, record label
rep, and editor/writer for internet music newsletter.
Basically, I've hit almost every aspect of the music business
except being an artist.
evolved over the last few years?
from being based out of Cedar Rapids to covering more of the
Eastern Iowa map with translators in Iowa City and Waterloo.
made any changes due to economic situation, been affected in any
In the summer
of 2008, Cedar Rapids experienced this nation's second largest
natural disaster with a flood that wrecked havoc through the
middle of this community.
3. How does
connect locally with markets?
We are at as
many events as we can be even if it's just a drive-by with the
4. What criteria do you require for a song to be played on your
catchy upbeat sonic feel and lyrics that have depth to them.
5. What kind of promotions work best for Christian radio?
Seriously, food is a huge winner here in Iowa. We've also found
success with specialty events such as our annual Valentine's
Dinner and our recent 2nd Chance Prom.
6. How do you think Christian Record labels can better serve
promotional tours with artists. When we've had these, they have
been hugely successful for everyone involved.
7. In your opinion what are the biggest obstacles facing
Christian radio today?
8. What do you believe is the primary role of the Christian
radio air personality?
To connect the
songs with the listeners and vice versa. Listeners may like
the big production voice personalities, but they connect and
listen more to jocks who are real and can make the songs part of
the listener's daily lives.
9. What (if any) Christian radio stations do you consider as
Seriously, I'm keeping my eyes on HD2 out of KSBJ/Houston to see
how that goes. I like the idea and I'm anxious to see it
10. Where do you see Christian radio in 5 years?
still on the dial. If not, slamming full speed ahead on the