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Jeremy Tracey

PD/PM Drive

WCIC

Peoria

 

 

Jeremy's Career Capsule
Jeremy discovered his passion for radio after entering Houghton College in western New York as a Math Major. A friend invited him to sit in on a show at the college’s radio station and Jeremy was hooked.  He changed his major and got his own radio show…and another…and another.  After graduation, Jeremy headed to Wheaton College in Illinois for a Master’s Degree in Communication.  While there he worked part time at Wheaton’s WETN as well as WMBI in downtown Chicago and WCFL in Morris, IL.  He also completed an internship at the renowned WGN in Chicago.  Jeremy’s first full time position came in January, 2000 when he was hired as Production Director and Midday Announcer at New Life 91.9-WRCM in Charlotte, NC.  In 2004 he was invited to join the team at 91.5 WCIC in Peoria, IL as Production Director and Midday Announcer.  He was soon became the Afternoon Drive host, was promoted to Senior Production Director for the New Life Media Network and in 2006 was named Program Director at 91.5 WCIC.  In 2005 91.5 WCIC was the GMA Station of the Year in a Small Market.  When he’s not at the radio station, Jeremy loves going for long walks with his wife, Jill, and playing with their 18-month-old daughter, Alyssa Joy. 

 

1. Personally how do you keep the ministry in the “business”?

I’m not saying I do a very good job at this, but reminding myself “who” I’m working for.  When I’m striving to do a killer mic break, is that drive coming from a desire to honor Jesus Christ through my work or am I just trying to make a name for myself?  I pray often that God would make my motives pure.  It’s a tough balancing act at times. 

 

2. Overall, how is Christian radio different today, from 5 years ago?

There are more stations that are excellent and understand the basics of good radio.

 

3. What do you think are the main characteristics of today’s Christian radio PD?

All are busy, many are stressed and overworked, but it’s an exciting time to be a Christian radio PD!  PDs have more experience than ever and they have access to more tools than ever to do their jobs effectively. 

 

4. What criteria do you require for a song to be played on your station?

Family Friendly, 91.5 WCIC is part of New Life Media and our network music director is Joe Buchanan.  Joe does an incredible job of selecting music that fits our target listener “Lisa”.  After a song is added we test it using on-line testing and ultimately for a song to last it has to be a listener “favorite”.  Another thing he does is make sure the song honors God directly or indirectly. 

 

5. What kind of promotions work best for Christian radio?

We have really been trying to do promotions that are “remarkable”, that create buzz, and get “Lisa” talking to others about the station.

 

6. How do you think Christian Record labels can better serve Christian radio?

New Life Media has a great relationship with the record labels and I really feel like that has come through good communication.  We sure appreciate them.   

 

7. In your opinion what are the biggest obstacles facing Christian radio today?

Honestly, keeping our eye on our mission.  I really feel Christian radio has grown so much in recent years in developing an excellent on-air product that it is attracting more people than ever.  Despite all of that, it’s so easy to lose sight of why we are doing what we are doing.  Excellence is so important, but the excellence is what helps us achieve our mission.  Excellence isn’t the end. 

 

8. What do you believe is the primary role of the Christian radio air personality?

The primary role is to connect relationally with the listener.  To do that the personality has to live life out on the air.  Share funny stories, hopes, dreams, struggles, etc. and by doing that the personality will hopefully model a life of faith.   

 

9. What (if any) Christian radio stations do you consider as innovators today?

There are lots of them out there right now!  I have to give props to our sister stations Family Friendly WBGL and Family Friendly, 91.1 WIBI.  They’re getting it done!

 

10. Where do you see Christian radio in 5 years?

I believe Christian radio will be more professional than ever.  The question will be…what are we going to do with all that cume?  Are we moving listeners towards Christ?

 

 

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