Afternoons on THE
JOYFM Network- Since January 2008/Tampa-St.
Pete-Sarasota-Clearwater-Gainesville... Previously- Total Axxess
– Nashville... Way FM Network- Afternoons... MAGIC 93.1 Boise-
Morning host... AIR 1 - Evenings ... KISS 106.1 Seattle... STAR
How has your show evolved or changed over the last few years?
I’ve spent the past 2.5 years targeting a much older woman on
the air. Which I like. The music has changed but the show I do
happens between the songs so that hasn’t affected the evolution
of the content. Personally though… it’s all about what happens
when I leave the building. Working for 4 radio stations
currently has me constantly processing life in terms of bits. I
guess it can make one go mad. But construction workers cut/jam
their fingers… I on the other hand stare blankly at my wife as
she’s opening up to me about something that happened with the
kids earlier in the day- all that’s in my head is “what a great
bit! I’ve got to write it down before it leaves me” ( I love my
wife- this is just my occupational hazard)
2. How important is social
networking to Christian Radio personalities?
I only speak for myself…I am trying to guard myself. I want all
my focus on the folks listening through their dashboard. If I
work hard making it good and it ends up good…people will find a
way to pull the audio up through their FBook, Twitter, Cell
Phone, Web Site, Shoe, cavity, where ever.
I think management has the task of figuring out how the Social
Network sites and technologies get the product out there. I am
proud of THE JOYFM management and Daniel Anstandig for their
leadership in the SocNet realm and the way they’ve baptized the
station into new technology. More importantly, I appreciate
Jeff/Carmen letting me focus on the very difficult task of
cultivating this cartoon character of myself that I’ve been
building for 2 ½ years. I personally use Twitter as a news
source but I’ve backed off on how much I talk about it on air.
Fbook is just about fair game to drop any time. Works great for
contests and replaying audio as well.
3. What show topics seem to be
hot right now?
Real life. I carry a notebook with me in my bag everywhere I go.
Just because the bit idea makes the notebook doesn’t mean its
fit for air. It’ll sit there til its ready. Bits change every
day as life does. Today it was about my 7 year old’s task of
trimming my hair tonight with clippers in order to save money.
Yesterday I hit on the Silly band craze and how my wife and I
use them as disciplining tools. (Until you are sitting down to
lunch at Olive Garden and people walking by notice that mom and
dad have both arms covered in Silly bands but their 3 kids
aren’t wearing any because they’ve been losing them all because
they were disobedient!) Obviously different day parts have
Lara Scott at 11am in LA rolling
over song intros still manages to be compelling in a short
amount of time.
Sarah and Tom with mad Seattle drive home traffic are able to
take a station liner and make it seem like the event is gonna be
a party even if its a 99 percent rain chance.
Our morning show can pull off serious local news but still be
The Stone's in NY do a great job with topics that even the
unmarried can connect with.
For me its the challenge of not having a voice to bounce things
off, so for now I wear out our receptionists extension!
4. What can Christian Radio do
to develop young talent?
I am very grateful that some of
Americas best PD's took time with me 12 years ago...legends like
Casey Keating (SF/SEA) and Mike Preston (NY/SEA).
Passion gets the kid in the door. But The radio station must be
equipped with someone who’s been a solid jock in this new era in
order to cut the fat off of a young personality. I think a good
consultant/talent coach can notice things to make them better…
BUT…. After that… the only way to get them to the dominating
level is to leave them alone! The talent has to find that magic
on their own w/o too many voices speaking into this character
they are developing. They'll go "van-gogh" and become crazy and
stiff. Some will find that dominating level and others will
spend the rest of their careers dancing between brilliance or
mediocrity. You can make a living doing that dance but it’s a
frustrating one for artistic people ;) I don’t know much. Those
are just my thoughts based on my experiences.
5. What kind of promotions
work best for Christian afternoon shows?
I do a solo afternoon show. So for
me it’s all about doing a break at a time. Picturing the show as
a dude juggling 8 balls in the air. Maybe the 8 are: an
interview, silly band conversation, station promotion, weather,
traffic, crazy bit ect… juggling all of that in a 4 hour shift
is not the hard part. Making every one of those balls relevant
at all times is where one earns their money as a talent. It’s
easy to get lazy and forget that. I may as well shut the mic
off, put it in auto and go home if I am having a day where all
eight balls in the air are starting to sound routine rather than
6. Do you use any show prep
services… tell why or why not?
(referring to me and not making an assessment for anyone else)
No. Using info in a prep service and giving my spin on it makes
me too robotic. I don’t have good enough takes to make someone
stick around for my opinion on the latest news or info. I have
to go the other way or I become white noise. Plus I forgot our
password and username for our station subscription ;)
7. What are the biggest
obstacles facing Christian air personalities today?
The more I talk to friends in radio the more I think air
personalities are 1) “grateful for their jobs” 2) over worked
and under paid like the rest of the country and thus able to
give on air only what they have left in their cup when the mic
gets turned on. I am grateful that THE JOYFM is working hard to
allow me to be free and loose so I can focus on that huge task
on my plate… Entertaining/Encouraging for 4 hours.
8. Do you think there will be
more or less syndication in the future of Christian radio?
Truthfully. I’m not smart enough for this question. I truly have
no clue. Ask Anstandig!
9. What (if any) Christian
radio shows do you consider as innovators today?
Let me just brag on a couple guys that not too many people
a) Nate Thomas- when it comes to young programmers that will be
leading the charge in 15 years… keep Nate’s “rookie card”. I’m
proud of what he is doing in New England (WLCQ Springfield,
MASS). In the year 2025 AD he’ll be mentioned in the same
conversation with amazing leaders such as Jeff Connell and Scott
b) JD Hanks (OM- Wayfm Charleston) … a blue chip prospect in
Christian radio! Every station I’ve seen him go to he’s over
worked the salary within a year. Now he’s in his first Christian
gig and I will enjoy watching him enhance every station he ever
goes to... as a matter of fact I’ve tried to get him to join
mine since his talents caught my eye in Boise…
c) Matthew Reid 103.3 WODS FM in Boston. (NOT in Christian
Radio) A radio mentor from my days at KISS in Seattle and now is
a man filled with the Spirit of God. Not sure if our Creator
will open the door for him to lead a Christian station but it
would sure be great!
10. Where do you see Christian
morning radio in 5 years?
Charlie Chaplin made people laugh. So did Jerry Lewis. So does
Jim Gaffigan. So does Brant Hansen. Who cares about the tech
side and how people are listening. If Christian radio shows (no
matter the day part) can focus on the art of being great
entertainers then they can dominate. If a show is truly
entertaining… it can then add a component that most General
Market shows can’t… The addition of the Spirit into a show! Our
jocks and songs can literally change the air in a car! When
brilliant talents collide with the infusion of the Spirit and
then the music is doing the same thing simultaneously ….