I got my
first radio experience at Lakeland Community College in Ohio. No
transmitter, just speakers in the cafeteria. My sister had a
"show" and I went to see her do it. She had to leave because of
a class, and the person who was coming in after her didn't show,
so I got to be the guy. 1 cart machine and 2 turntables. Caught
the bug instantly. Went on a prodigal walk after that,
DJing in clubs until I finally surrendered full on to God in my
20's. Worked at "A Dollar a Holler" station in Houston, (KGOL)
for about 5 years, Helped start Morning Star Network in Houston,
and spent nearly 10 years at KSBJ, wearing every hat from
Morningshow Producer, (editing phoners with reel to reel and
splicing tape) to Promotions Director, to Special Events
Director, to Light Force Manager. Hosted a half hour TV show
called Light Force for about 5 years. I've been at WBGL in
Champaign, IL for 7 years and am currently the station Manager.
I Love what I do.
WBGL made any changes due to economic situation, been affected
in any way?
We haven't seen
a real downturn in our next of the woods when it comes to
finances. Our last 3 fund raisers have been very strong, due in
part to a 1.5 million dollar building campaign that we just
wrapped up. I could say it was because of my spot on leadership
and our state of the art Programming, but I would be wrong. God
is doing something hear in Central Illinois, and it's our goal
to be a part of it.
does WBGL connect locally with markets?
We are very
intentional about touching each of our markets with events,
including concerts, and being proactive in defining community
needs, and leading the charge to help out. We have found that
"being there and being engaged" are the most important parts of
criteria do you require for a song to be played on WBGL?
Songs have to
be excellent. The bar has been raised. Joe Buchanan is our Music
Director, and he does a remarkable job of playing our target
listeners favorite songs.
4. How do
you think Christian Record labels can better serve Christian
benefit from showing artists in communities "doing things that
Matter" I remember a time in Houston at KSBJ when Third Day came
out to help a local ministry, and they actually did the work.
Doing the stuff in this era of social importance will endear
artists and stations and listeners for a very long time.
your opinion what are the biggest obstacles facing Christian
What to do
next. More emphasis on internet? HD? Are we "sticks in a field"
or providers of remarkable content? I choose the latter.
do you believe is the primary role of the Christian radio air
for our on air team is to be the trusted friend to our
(if any) Christian radio stations do you consider as innovators
I think any
station that has Alan Mason as their consultant is miles ahead
of all other players. ( I get 10% off of my bill for saying
do you see Christian radio in 5 years?
I see the
leaders leading and most of the followers gone. It's hard to
make ends meet if your not willing to invest in your listener
and in your support team. I feel their will be fewer Christian
broadcasters, but they will be doing a much better job.