(Christian AC) 2002-present
- 2002-2003 – Board Op Saturday Mornings
- 2003-2004 – Production Intern, on-air weekends
- 2004-2006 - Programming Assistant, VT Overnights
- 2007-2009 – Promotions Director, VT Overnights and Sunday
- 2009-2010 – Programming Coordinator, On-air afternoon Drive…
VT Sunday mornings, February 2010 – started Friday and Saturday
night Rock Block show
How has KGBI evolved over the last few years?
I’ve gotten to see
the evolution from Non-comm owned by Grace University to a
commercial station owned by Salem. From that stand point,
I’ve seen it as a great learning experience to see how a
Sharathon works, the inner workings of a listener supported
station, to now watching our great sales staff work hard,
developing proposals and hitting the streets. On-air KGBI
has drifted from an Inspo/Soft AC to more of an AC sound that
we’ve been having success with.
2. Has KGBI made any changes due to economic situation, been
affected in any way?
Even though our
section of the country hasn’t been affected as much by the
economic downturn, we’ve had to reduce our staffing and bring on
the Salem Music Network “Today’s Christian Music” for some of
our hours. That being said, our team has been resilient,
and the Network sounds great on the air. Our sellers
definitely have been having some great success these past few
3. How does KGBI connect locally with markets?
With the station’s
history being a part of the community for over 40 years, we’ve
developed many connections throughout the years, and on an
on-going basis do community outreaches like our Cards for Kids
at Heart program each February collecting close to 10,000 cards
for nursing home residents, being involved in the Omaha Public
Library’s Summer Reading Program Kickoff, and getting the word
out about Omaha’s “Step Out and Serve” day where churches call
upon people to serve in the community.
4. What criteria do you require for a song to be played on KGBI?
#1, is it “Safe
for the Whole Family,” not only is it “safe” but is it a song
the family truly could get around… #2, Is it catchy, are our
listeners going to get tired of hearing it… #3 Emotional
Connectivity, but even more important than Emotional
Connectivity itself, does it say something to us.
5. What kind of promotions work best for Christian radio?
are simple, easy to understand, easy for our listeners to get
6. How do you think Christian Record labels can better serve
I think they do a
great job, the level of the quality of music has continued to
dramatically increase and the average person, Christian or not,
can find themselves liking the music that comes out of the radio
right now. I believe this is evidenced by some great
ratings numbers at Christian AC stations around the country
7. In your opinion what are the biggest obstacles facing
Christian radio today?
I think people can
get into a rut of apathy, where it may just take an extra word
on air to get a special call, or come across that special piece
of show prep or special song. It makes me think of the
story about KSBJ’s Jon Hull who heard JJ Heller’s “Your Hands”
on “So you think you can dance” and tracked down the song and
now listeners all over the country are being blessed by that
8. What do you believe is the primary role of the Christian
radio air personality?
I believe the
primary role of the Christian radio air personality is to convey
God’s love on-air through positive energy, and delivering
information and fun relevant to listeners, a light in the
9. What (if any) Christian radio stations do you consider as
I keep tabs on
KLTY, KSBJ, and KBIQ as well as I have a heart for young people
and well, I’m still young myself at 24 and can enjoy the
Christian Hit and Christian Rock Stations that are innovators…
The RadioU Network, Air1, Way.FM Grand Rapids, and
10. Where do you see Christian radio in 5 years?
I see Christian
Radio in 5 years as more entertaining, research driven content
on-air, more people being blessed and ministered to, people of
all walks of life than ever before.