Lake Area Educational Broadcasting
Presently President and
General Manager of the Lake Area Educational Broadcasting
Foundation, which operates 5 FM's in Missouri: KCVO,
Camdenton, KCVJ, Osceola, KCVK, Otterville, KCVQ, Knob
Noster and KCVZ, Dixon. I started in radio in 1978 as a
DJ at KRMS in Osage Beach, MO (about 10 miles from where I
am now.) I got in Christian radio at KHYM, Gilmer, TX, in
'79 and they transfered me to Dubuque, IA in '80 where I
developed one of the first contemporary inspo formatted
stations, KLXL. At the end of 1982, KLXL went country and
I moved back to the Lake of the Ozarks and started KCVO,
which has grown to a five, and soon to be six, station
1. How did you wind up at SPIRIT FM?
I was out of a job in
Jan. '83, and I was approached by a group that
wanted to start a Christian station at the Lake.
2. What is the most fulfilling aspect to you
personally about Christian radio?
Knowing that I have a
part in helping people grow in their spiritual
3.How has God used you in your role at SPIRIT
In just about every way
imaginable. At first I did everything--morning DJ,
engineer, GM, PD, production, janitor, secretary.
Now I'm just GM and engineer, but my role has
changed to primarily working on network expansion.
4. What is the criteria that determines if a
song receives airplay on your station?
Does it have a good,
singable hook? Is the production quality high
enough? Does it touch the heart, that is does the
Spirit speak through the song? and it helps if it
is by a core artist :-)
5. What kind of promotions work best for your
Because we are so spread
out geographically, our best promotions are on air.
That way everyone can participate just by
listening. Now we occassionally try to get out and
see the public at concerts and events, but it's hard
to see everyone when it's 250 miles from one end of
our signal to the other.
6. How do you think Christian Record labels
can better serve Christian radio?
Keep sending us great
songs, don't pigeonhole Christian radio as sub-par
radio, and although it doesn't make economic sense,
please don't ignore the smaller markets. Help those
stations sound bigger than they are.
7. In your opinion what are the biggest
obstacles facing Christian radio today?
Watering down the format
so that it's just another musical style, but without
the power of the Spirit, and the temptation to sell
signals off just because people are offering
millions of dollars.
8. What do you believe is the primary role of
the Christian radio air personality today?
I think managers and
PD's need to rethink this big time. Air
personalities are there to CONNECT with the
listener. They have to do things that are
memorable. If they are just liner jocks, they
should be replaced by a computer. Christian radio
has to promote the "stars" they have on the air.
9. What (if any) other Christian radio
stations do you consider as innovators today?
There are a lot of great
stations out there today reaching millions more
listeners than we did just a few years ago, but I
would have to single out Jason Sharp and WYLV as a
station that seems to come up with the most creative
new ideas and promotions.
10. Where do you see Christian radio in 5
If we can continue to
connect with our listeners, with memorable air
personalities, and we keep getting great songs, I
think you'll start seeing a lot of Christian
stations breaking into the top ten in several
markets. I think the hunger for spiritual things
will continue to grow, as the darkness in America
keeps getting darker.
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