I have been at WAKW for 18 years. I started on the air but I had
been hanging out in the studios for years before that, running the
board for the jocks on the weekends. I have done just about
everything at one time or another and I have thoroughly enjoyed it
every step of the way.
Personally how do you keep the ministry in the “business”?
By remembering it's all about the listener. I know you have to run
the business side of a radio station but ultimately if you walk away
at the end of the day without making any difference in at least one
life, what's the point? That doesn't mean you need to deliver a
sermon. Just be real and share your own life as an encouragement to
2. Overall, how is Christian radio different today, from 5 years
The music is much higher quality. That's not a reflection on the
artists but on the companies that own the labels. They are putting
a lot more into the production of Christian music now. Also, I
think more programmers are "getting it" as far as learning the
difference between being Christ-following and being religious.
3. What do you think are the main characteristics of today’s
Christian radio PD?
I think an ideal PD would have an ear to the listener and understand
what he/she really wants and needs. He or she would also have to
understand how to motivate different personalities and develop
staff. I think as the media business evolves faster and faster a PD
will need to be able to merge time tested knowledge with innovations
that meet the ever changing needs of the audience.
4. What criteria do you require for a song to be played on your
Three criteria: 1) It has to be a great song (if it's just good,
why bother?) 2) Have appeal musically 3) The message needs to fit
our mission. We have also tried to pick songs that will appeal to
mainstream AC listeners.
5. What kind of promotions work best for Christian radio?
Promotions that promote things the target audience is interested
in. And they need to be as simple and easy to understand as
possible. Even if it's really cute in your brainstorming meeting it
needs to be explainable in a couple of sentences on the air.
6. How do you think Christian Record labels can better serve
I think most of them do a good job now. Just trying to understand
the needs of radio in building song familiarity.
7. In your opinion what are the biggest obstacles facing Christian
Money. Money for marketing, keeping quality talent, etc.
8. What do you believe is the primary role of the Christian radio
Being a real person. Besides the music the listener wants to hear
someone they can feel like they know and like. Being open and
honest and sharing your real feelings and thoughts go a long way to
making a personality out of an announcer.
9. What (if any) Christian radio stations do you consider as
Spirit 105.3 in Seattle. They do a great job of mixing ministry and
good radio. It's pretty seamless.
10. Where do you see Christian radio in 5 years?
I hope that Christian radio will have advanced even further toward
being as polished and relevant as the secular counterparts. I also
hope that we'll continue to see a move away from religion on the
radio to real life Christ-followers sharing their lives. That's