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Steve Henry

Program Director

Marrs Hill Network

Syracuse

 

 

Steve's Career Capsule
1997-2001 - Part time announcer for WMTC (SG & Inspo) Vancleve, KY (my college years)
Summer 2000 - 6 week Internship for 4VEH  in Cap Haitian, Haiti
2002 - Operations Director Wantok Radio Light (multiple music styles) Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
2003 - Production Manager WAWN (AFR affiliate station) Franklin, PA
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
 

 

1. 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 answer down.

 

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 Christian radio? 

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 given!

 

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."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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