I was student Program Director at WBDG in Indianapolis, then on
to WONU in Chicago where I was the Music Director and Afternoon
drive host. Then I went to southern Illinois to work at a
country station, WIAI, where I was the Midday Host and Public
Service Director. From there I went to Nashville to work for
Sparrow Records where I was the Manager of National Promotion.
Now I’m the Assistant Program Director and Midday Personality at
WVFJ (J93.3) in Atlanta.
1.What led you to your current position at J93.3?
The Lord led me here. God has been so good to me.
From day one He’s kicked doors open for me… not opened them, kicked
them in! I’m very thankful for His direction in my life.
I had been working at Sparrow Records for about 3 years and on a
Tuesday afternoon I heard the audible voice of God say, “quit”.
Now, I don’t know how He talks to you, but I’ve never heard an
audible voice and I haven’t since. To not listen, well, not
listening to Him was not an option. So, without even a job at
a fast food restaurant to pay my rent I wrote up a letter of
resignation. Grant wasn’t too happy, but once he realized that
it really was the Lord’s leading, he was very supportive.
During an 8 month sabbatical (in which I waited tables to pay the
rent) I waited for Him to tell me where to go. I didn’t want
to screw it up by getting in the way, ya know. Finally, after
talking with several stations He clearly told me to come work for
J93.3. 3 weeks after that affirmation I was here in Atlanta.
During that break He taught that I had never fully trusted Him. I’d
never completely stepped aside and allowed Him to lead me.
Since listening to Him and coming to Atlanta, He’s given me a new
affirmation every day that I truly heard His voice. My
favorite affirmation is meeting my husband just 3 weeks after moving
2. What criteria goes into the decision to add music to J93.3?
J93.3 is a 100,000 watt station and we have a huge coverage area.
Therefore, I can’t play an independent. I need for my artists
to have national distribution so that anyone who’s listening can
just go to their closest store and pick up the record. I stick
to artists signed by the national record companies because I know
that they have spiritual accountability. From there, I listen
to see if the song would stick out like a sore thumb, is it a heavy
metal song? Also, is it forgettable? If I can’t look at
the title and hum it later then maybe my listeners will forget it
too. I think every element you have should be used as a tool
in making your music decisions, I don’t think you should put a song
in heavy because you’re getting requests for it or because another
station in a different state is playing it. All tools should
be used and I care enough about my station to do the extra work.
Some of those tools are soundscan numbers in my market, what the
bookstores are telling me, what the song is doing on the national
charts, what my consultant tells me, are people requesting it, etc.
3. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now ?
I want to be smack in the center of His Will. If that means
still being the APD here, or waiting tables again or being a mommy…
I’ll do it.
4. If you could change one thing in the Christian radio industry
what would it be?
I wish we could all get on the same page at the same time
5. Where does your passion for Christian radio come from?
Well, not to over spiritualize it but my passion comes from the
Lord. When you know that you know that you know that you’re
doing what you’re supposed to be doing and where you’re supposed to
be doing it… how can you not be passionate about that?
6. Who are your main radio influences?
Bill DeWees (WONU in Chicago), Grant Hubbard (Sparrow Records)
and Jerry Williams (WVFJ in Atlanta). Bill is the first GM
I’ve ever worked for… he invested time in me. Bill is an
amazing talent and he taught me how to do radio the right way from
the very beginning. Grant expects 110% from you; he’s a very
tough boss. But it’s because of those high expectations, that
the Sparrow Radio Department is so successful. You wouldn’t believe
how many times, at the risk of insubordination, Grant has told his
boss “no” in order to protect AC Radio from a song, an artist or an
idea that just won’t fit. Grant truly cares about making
Christian Radio as a whole, better, and he’s willing to do whatever
it takes to get us there. Jerry Williams is a great boss.
He tells you what’s expected of you and then steps back and lets you
do it. Jerry doesn’t stand over your shoulder and micro-mange
you. Jerry equips me with what I need to get my job done,
trusts me to do it, he listens to my ideas and kicks me out of the
building when I’m working too late. Bill taught me the basics,
Grant taught to have passion for Christian Radio as a whole and
Jerry, we’ll I’d retire with Jerry if he’ll let me.
7. If you weren't in Christian radio what might you be doing?
Trying to get into Christian Radio.
8. What advice could you give to a young person wanting to enter
I highly recommend doing internships. Most anyone will say
“yes” to a free worker. Once you’re in that internship, be
willing to take the trash out or work backstage at a concert.
Listen more than you talk and learn as much as you can. Also,
Grant Hubbard gave me the best advice ever and I’ve stuck to it ever
since: “return every phone call”. Write that down, it’s