actually began my radio career as a volunteer for several years
before coming on staff. I have served 89.7 The House and Praise
88.7 now for eight years as Promotions Director and six years as
co-host of “McCoy in the Morning”. When I was in high school, I
always had an interest in radio, but didn't pursue it. Now God has
given me the awesome responsibility and opportunity to be a part of
His ministry all over the world.
Praise (KLVV) & The House FM evolved over the last few years?
God has really exploded the borders of the ministry
with broadcasting on the Internet, iPhone applications for both The
House FM and Praise 88.7, and additionally a way to listen on smart
phones. We also engage the social networking community of Twitter,
MySpace, Facebook, Tangle and You Tube. We expanded to the Oklahoma
City, OK market and have plans to expand in Western Oklahoma. We
have grown in listenership over the years too. With our pledge
drive in April, God moved through his people by raising the entire
$950,000 budget goal for the coming year.
The drive garnered the largest total in station history and was a
20% increase from last year's
annual drive. The ministry received pledges from 2044 listeners
which included 601 new contributors. Pledges were received from 46
states and 18 countries including Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark,
Singapore, Costa Rica, Virgin Islands, Taiwan and Latvia.
Has The House FM (KZTH/KJTH) & Praise 88.7 (KLVV) made any changes
due to economic situation, been affected in any way?
tightened the belt and not added to the budget from last year.
Despite our economy and even local
layoffs, God's people gave like never before to support this
ministry in the 2009 Pledge Drive. It shows us there is no doubt
God is at work here and that He has great things planned for the
rest of this year. We pray that we are ready for what is in store
and that God will continue to use us to make a difference in
people's lives in Oklahoma and around the world through our Internet
What do you think are the main characteristics of a Christian radio
Creative, out-going, innovative, passionate and like-minded with
other staff working together to make a strong team.
4. What criteria
do you require for a promotion to be played on your station?
has to be fun, engaging, entertaining, and involving listeners while
building community with the listeners and with the station.
5. What kind of
promotions work best for Christian radio?
We try to
accomplish several things-- increase listening, keep true to
the mission and focus of the station, bring in new listeners, and be
consistent and reinforce who you are to the community.
6. How do you
think Christian Record labels can better serve Christian radio?
I think we
have been served well as a reporter for both formats. They do a
great job with keeping us informed with what is coming up!
7. In your
opinion what are the biggest obstacles facing Christian radio
things afloat in the ever changing economy. Maintaining personal
relationships with listeners in the day to day activities and
striving to be a relevant part of their lives. We need to be
constantly looking for new opportunities and ways to improve what we
do and to reach more and more people with the message of Christ.
Always give them another reason to turn the radio on. Never give
8. What do you
believe is the primary role of the Christian radio air personality?
your audience. Give them something to laugh about, point them to
Jesus being real, be personable, compelling.
9. What (if any)
Christian radio stations do you consider as innovators today?
10. Where do you
see Christian radio in 5 years?
joking)--How about a radio chip that you could just implant in your
brain? By touch your temple, you can turn it off and on. Also put
a camera in your eye and we could all be borgs and capture
everything we see. Seriously, only God knows.
11. Why do we do
what we do every day?
never underestimate the power that is radio. It's way-cool to have
a job where you can encourage people on a daily basis. The “mission
field” is what helps me keep my focus. Whenever I feel like my
focus is not where it should be I remember why I am here. Anytime I
forget that, God reminds me that it’s not about me at all…but all
about Him. Since being here I have witnessed the power of the Holy
Spirit move in hearts in powerful ways.