As a teenager, Christian music had a great impact
on my life. I loved bands like Mylon LeFevre & Broken Heart,
DeGarmo & Key, Petra, Stryper, Rez, Amy, Michael, etc. I felt
God leading me to impact other lives as mine had been impacted,
so I studied radio at Baylor to prepare for a career in
Christian radio. I worked at KOJO and KLTY in Dallas early in
my career. For nearly 17 years, I served at KCBI in Dallas in a
number of roles including development, programming, marketing,
P/R, public relations and community outreach. God led me to
KVNE & KGLY in 2008 and I am thrilled to work with a great team
of servants who are dedicated to the serving the Lord and making
an eternal impact.
1. Personally how do
you keep the ministry in the “business”?
The tendency in many ministries
is to emphasize the ministry aspect, while ignoring good
business practices. We strive to operate our stations as a
ministry that belongs to God using biblical business principles.
2. Overall, how is
Christian radio different today, from 5 years ago?
Today, Christian radio stations
are more focused on ministering to their local communities than
they were 5 years ago.
3. What do you think are
the main characteristics of a Christian radio GM?
A Christian radio GM needs to
have a heart for ministry and an understanding that the ministry
belongs to the Lord. I see the role as a stewardship from the
Lord. A Christian radio GM must embrace servant leadership.
4. What ways or methods do
you think work best to keep your staff motivated?
Being real, honest and having
open communication. Providing ongoing feedback and
encouragement, admitting that you don’t have all the answers and
valuing the opinions and experiences of your team. Celebrating
together as a team when we experience victories. When your team
knows that you are willing to sacrifice and work hard with their
best interest in mind, they will follow.
5. What kind of promotions
work best for Christian radio?
I wouldn’t consider this a
promotion, per se, but anything you can do to involve listeners
in impacting the community and making a difference for Christ.
6. How do you think
Christian Record labels can better serve Christian radio?
I think they are doing a fine
job. Opportunities for our on-air hosts and our listeners to
get to know the artists better are always welcomed.
7. In your opinion what are
the biggest obstacles facing Christian radio today?
Competition from other Christian
radio stations. It seems in many markets, we are working
against one another, rather than reaching into markets that are
not served or underserved.
8. What do you believe is
the primary role of the Christian radio air personality?
To be real and transparent about
daily struggles and victories. To encourage. To bring the
truth that Jesus Christ is the answer.
9. What (if any) Christian
radio stations do you consider as innovators today?
Jason and Morgan are making a big
impact at KTIS through community outreach. I appreciate the
outreaches that WPOZ and KSBJ have to youth via their HD
channels. Not sure that HD will catch on, but I applaud their
10. Where do you see
Christian radio in 5 years?
I see Christian stations
investing in strengthening their outreach to their local
community and investing in live, local Christian radio.