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Steve Tuzeneu

General Manager

WVNE

Worcester, MA

 

 

 

Steve's Career Capsule
I got my start in radio as a teenager more than 30 years ago. Once the radio "bug" bites you, there is no cure, only regular  treatment.  If you work outside of  radio for more than a month, you feel lost. I have worked at AM and FM stations all across America. The Lord blessed me with a position with Blount Group Communications as the station manager of (25 kW) WVNE and WNEB in Worcester, MA. A few years ago I was given a new responsibility as the Group Technology Manager for our group of six stations. I also maintain the websites for these  stations. 
 

1. Tell us about your market and how it is unique?

At one point in time New England  was the birth place and new home for Christianity in America.  Today, many people refer to it as "the  cold north."  In a spiritual sense,  that may be so. Unlike many of you who manage or work at stations in the south  and west, we have fewer Christians per square mile; this, I think, makes New England unique. So reaching the lost and ministering to "the church" while remaining viable are among our challenges.

 

2. What is the most fulfilling aspect  to you personally about Christian radio? 

Hearing from people who accepted Christ as their Savior because of our stations. Second to that would be hearing how our station has helped listeners grow in Christ and encouraged them to live for Him and share their faith. 

 

3. How do you personally keep the  ministry in the business? 

I remind myself that I am here because the Lord wants me  here. I am also very much aware that God is my boss, not my co-pilot. 1 Cor.  6:20 says, "For you have been bought with  a price: therefore glorify God in your body." 

 

4. What is the criteria that  determines if a song receives airplay on your station?

Lyrics are number one, followed by song intensity. If I  receive one of those  "You" songs, it doesn't get added.  I believe if you listen to a "Christian" song and can't tell it from a secular love song, then it shouldn't have been 
submitted to Christian radio in the first place.   

 

5. What kind of promotions work best  for your station? 

On air give-a-ways seem very popular. Even after years of  doing it, it seems people still like getting something for  free. 

 

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

By getting back to their roots. "Christian" songs ought  to sing about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, or something Biblically based;  anything else is secular music. Now that many "Christian" record labels are now owned by  secular companies, the bottom line is more important than lyrical  substance. In addition, I keep hearing about the stations that  receive little or no service from the record labels because a station doesn't  play at least 50 
percent music. In many markets, that's not possible. Some air play is better than nothing.

 

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

Christian radio has lost its focus. Revelation 2:4  says, "But I have this against you, that you have left your first  love." It's great that Christian stations are now as  professional as most secular stations.  It's great that Christian radio is also relevant.  But let's not forget about pointing people to Christ. Let's be Biblically correct and forget about being  politically correct.  

 

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

To be interesting, compelling and succinct. You can  encourage people in their faith without being "preachy" on the  air. You can also speak about our modern culture without  endorsing or encouraging its worldly element. Romans 12:2 says, "And do not be conformed to this world, but  be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will  of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." 

 

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

WAWZ (a.k.a. Star 99.1) seems to have a nice balance  between the professional "sound" and reaching  people 
for Christ.   

 

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

Hopefully, Christian radio will be better equipped and  ready to take advantage of technology for the purpose  of reaching people for Christ. Some stations and Christian  ministries are now experimenting with pod casting.  Other stations have already jumped on the HD radio bandwagon. Whatever comes down the pike, we need to influence our secular culture and not let the culture make us more like them.  
 

 

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