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Seth Routzahn

Music Director

WNAZ

Nashville

 

 

Seth's Career Capsule
I attended Columbia School of Broadcasting in Washington, D.C. from 1999 -2001.  And I received a degree in Radio and Television Announcing.  I then interned for six months at WARW Classic Rock 94.7 in Rockville, MD.  In 2001 I got my first radio job as an Account Executive at Verstandig Broadcasting in Pennsylvania.  Then I moved to Nashville in 2002 and started working as a Board Operator for the Salem Music Network and I am still currently there.  In 2003 I came to WNAZ and was doing afternoons then mid-days and in 2005 I became the Music Director and went back to doing Afternoon Drive. Around that same time I signed on as a Marketing Assistant for Hit Music Research and Amped Creative. And that leaves room for my forth job as a Traffic Producer and Reporter for Metro Networks Nashville.  So in my free time I like to sleep.

 

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

I make sure I put God first in all I do. And constantly remind my self that it’s not about me. And ask my self the question “Who’s coming with me and what have I done to invite them to eternal life in his presence!”

 

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

I honestly feel that CCM as a whole has kicked it up a notch with a more professional sound.  If you look at the Arbitron numbers in many markets across the country you will see Christian stations competing or sometimes even beating out the mainstream competition.  Stations have gotten more involved in the community and events like 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina really showed a great use for radio in regards to fundraisers and ministries.

 

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

Is what I’m sending out over the airwaves relevant and useful to help encourage and inform listeners in their daily walk.

 

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

Does it have a sound that will make the listener stop and take notice?  Is it different enough to stand out and speak to their heart.  Production is another huge factor as well as the overall emotion of a song.  Would a Christian listener want to tell their non-Christian friends about the song.  Does the song have the ability to grab someone hitting their seek button and stop and say Wow! What’s this!  And YES it’s ok to say JESUS in a song.  In fact many songs are using the J word again and I encourage it.

 

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

Surprisingly CD’s are always successful but, I fear they will meet the same fate as records and cassette tapes soon.  Concert tickets are abundant especially here in Nashville.  In fact next week we will be giving away and autographed guitar along with an Ipod Shuffle.

 

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

Get our input in song selection before going for adds.  Oh and my favorite! The album version is just fine.  I don’t need 5 versions of one song.  As our listener rushes to the store to buy the CD or downloads the song online they are often disappointed to find that what we play is not what they bought.  That being said I prefer the album version only.

 

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

HD radio may challenge smaller Christian stations that don’t have the funds to advance.  At the same time it could open up more space for larger Christian stations to have different music formats as well as teaching programs.  Satellite radio used to worry me but it lacks when it comes to getting in touch with a local audience.

 

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

To spread the gospel by providing scripture that might be exactly what God wanted that listener to hear at that time.  Also keep them informed about ways they can get involved and break the day to day routine with concerts and Christian events they could invite their non- Christian friends to. At the same time keeping them in community with other Christians. There is nothing more encouraging than to have a listener contact you and tell you how God touched them because of your station or something you said.

 

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

I hate to toot our own horn but God has used 89.1 NAZ The New Music Revolution here in the buckle of the Bible Belt to reach out to many people who normally would have never listened to Christian Radio.   Our imaging rivals that of the mainstream stations in town and in many cases has grabbed the attention of non-Christians who have called and said “They never knew there was Christian music like that. “ I also have to give props to our sister station SHINE.FM and with out question RADIO U.

 

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

I have no doubt in my mind that Christian radio will continue to directly compete with mainstream stations in markets nationwide.  As technology becomes more advanced we will continue to have the ability to reach listeners around the world.  I will never forget how excited I was to discover a few years ago that we had online listeners in Australia and all over Europe.  Christian artists continue to gain respect on mainstream airwaves at the same time being a light in the darkness. There’s a simple reason why!  “ If God is for us, who can be against us!”

 

 

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