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Chris Chicago

Music Director

KLYT

Albuquerque

 

 

Chris' Career Capsule
Music Director- Night time Dj at M88/ Small stay at KSBJ Houston/plantelightforce.com/ Host of nationally syndicated Hip-Hop show The Vibe. 
 
 
1. How did you wind up at M88?

I started as an intern at KLYT when I was sixteen years old. After a few years of answering phones, cleaning bathrooms, and any other things that needed to be done around the station I got a chance to co-host a Friday night hip-hop show. I did that until 2000 when we got new management. I then started doing weekends and filing paper work/cd's for the pd/md. I always learned as much as I could from anybody around me and soaked in as much RADIO as I could. By the end of 2000 I was full time doing nights and working as Assistant Music Director. By the end of 2001 I was full time MD.  

 


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

The joy I get from knowing there is a huge family of believers out there doing the same thing that I'm doing and love is so fulfilling.

 

 
3.How has God used you in your role at M88?

God is using me in amazing ways! I like to call my self the Christian Music Distributor! When ever I meet someone who is interested in Christian music or maybe hasn't even heard of it, I like to provide them with good quality Christian music!! 

 
 

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

I always look for good production, great hooks, good lyrics and of course content. 

 

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

hehe, anything free for our listeners is a great promotion! 


 

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

I applaud the Christian Record Labels, I think they do a very fine job :) 

 
 

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

The Cheese factor! what we call Christian CHR is mainstream AC! Really, come on look at how Christian music is looked at from the outside... people think all we have to offer is Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman! Christian GM's and Programmers need to step up to the plate and program some HOT HIP Christian sounding stations!

 
 

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

We need to not forget the fact people listen to the radio to be entertained, not to be preached to. Have fun and serve your listeners but don't drown them by telling them they need to get saved every break! 


 

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

I respect stations like The Kross and Radio U for programming their stations with Hotter more mainstream sounding music. 

 
 

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

Hopefully, God Willing I would love to see A/Some full time Christian Rhythmic stations. That is my ultimate goal. 
 

        

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