1997-2001 - Part time announcer for
WMTC (SG & Inspo) Vancleve, KY (my college years)
Summer 2000 - 6 week Internship for 4VEH in Cap Haitian,
2002 - Operations Director Wantok Radio Light (multiple music
styles) Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
2003 - Production Manager WAWN (AFR affiliate station)
2004 August 2005- Production Coordinator for Mars Hill Network
(Trad & Inspo)Syracuse, NY
August 2005-Present - Program Director for Mars Hill Network
in Syracuse, NY
Personally how do you keep the ministry in the “business”?
I'll have to attribute this answer to
the passion God has placed in my heart for people and also my
wonderful Bible College experience and training. This is actually
pretty easy to do (keep ministry in front of business) because my
deepest passion is to reach people for Christ! It doesn't matter if
it's through a program/music/On-air, my vision, passion, and mission
for life is to encourage the saved and reach the lost. Yea, you do
look at the "business" side and keep up with those issue's, but
God's ways are much greater than man's.
2. Overall, how is Christian radio
different today, from 5 years ago?
This is an interesting question because
five years ago I was only 23 and right out of college. I've kept my
ear on the market for that long, but I would have to say that the
quality of the broadcast has improved. Things sound more
professional and the music is continuing to increase in quality.
Due to my age, I really don't have "the test of time" to nail an
3. What do you think are the main
characteristics of today’s Christian radio PD?
What they are or what they should be?
That's the question. I think that their are two types of PD's: 1.
Those who put God/ministry and people first and 2. Those who put
themselves and money first. I believe that the first one is the
majority of PD's out there and that must be the first and foremost
characteristic of a PD to do the most effective radio. (training
and professionalism mixed in their too never hurts!)
4. What criteria do you require for a
song to be played on your station?
Our website really lays that answer down
clearly. The music can't overpower the words and the lyrics must
have a strong redemptive value to them.
5. What kind of promotions work best for
Promote things that connect with where
people are. Here, the month of July was support our troops month.
(Fort Drum is nearby) Last week we had an Open House that hundreds
of folks came to visit our station so we could thank them for
praying and supporting the network! Non-Coms rely on the listener,
it's their station! Don't talk "at" people, talk "to" people.
6. How do you think Christian Record
labels can better serve Christian radio?
Due to our unique music blend, we have a
more difficult time finding music that a Contemporary station
would. I think that record labels need to produce more music that
has solid lyrics that have deep truths. Not just fluffy ear
pleasing tempo's and happy lyrics, but something with substance.
(Wes King is a good example)
7. In your opinion what are the biggest
obstacles facing Christian radio today?
Making sure that your listeners know
that you care about them. Professional production and air talent is
essential, but effectively reaching into the lives of each listener
no matter what their education or social status is. We have to
connect with the truth because the truth is the ONLY thing that will
set them free.
8. What do you believe is the
primary role of the Christian radio air personality?
Live a life that is glorifying to God
at home as well as at work. If an announcer's focus is to reach out
and touch the listener with the love of Christ and it's done in a
professional way, I couldn't ask for anything more. When you
connect the love of Jesus to those listening, what more can be
9. What (if any) Christian
radio stations do you consider as innovators today?
You look and learn off of many
stations, but to state a particular station, I really can't do.
(maybe it's my age)
10. Where do you see Christian
radio in 5 years?
I believe that if we continue to
connect with our listeners on more than a surface level - Christian
radio will grow and have an amazing impact on our society. As Steve
Green sings, "People Need the Lord."