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Glenn Hascall

KHYM Meade, KS Station Manager and
Owner/Moderator for Fellowship of Christian Broadcasters

Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys





“A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.”  ~ John Henry Newman

I would love to be perfect in everything I do on the air. When I visit with my co-host I would love to have the perfect follow up line every time. When I share from the heart I wish it wouldn’t pause for station identification. When I open the microphone I want my brain to be fully functional, not a quart low.

There was a time in my own life where I worked hard to instill a sense of perfection among everyone I worked with. My own family caught the sense that I had greater expectation than frail dust was able to provide. Grace was a great commodity for me, but it wasn’t always something I thought others should experience.


I know, this is supposed to be an article about broadcasting. I promise everything will make sense in the end. Stick with me.

Maybe it’s the economy, maybe it’s just what I came to conclude on my own, but we live in a world of messed up people suffering from messed up choices looking for less than messed up answers.


I have observed far too many of the faithful who are fearful that if people knew they were less than perfect they would be booted out of the church and labeled, “Unacceptable”. Many churches are filled to the rafters with people who indicate everything is fine, life is good, not a care in the world, God is good, and I’m taking it one day at a time. Inside, some of those people carry the stench of death.

Yes, we should strive for perfection. We should want to be like Jesus with every fiber of our being. We should make our lives a living love note to the God who saved us, and refuses to abandon us – but we don’t do that by lying to others – by lying to ourselves.


Do you think it’s possible our listeners are tired of hearing air personalities that seem to know the answer to every problem, have perfect lives, children, spouses and church?

I think Becky, Sarah and all the rest of your listeners are wanting to hear from authentic individuals who admit they don’t know it all, but they know who does – who suggest they have questions, too. They admit some universal struggles and are willing to place themselves in the role of the average listener.

Sure, we all want to hear from those who have wisdom and insight into the issues we face, but for radio stations this can be covered through short or long-form programming from accepted experts in the subject.


Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that I think you should live a sinful life so you can identify with every listener – just admit your own humanity.

Strive for godly perfection, but be honest about your own life. You don’t need to know it all – listeners tend to resent it when they think that’s what you’re saying.

Send along some encouragement, but let some real life show through. It may sound derogatory, but we Christians exist on an island of misfit toys. We are all broken, we struggle, we have been hurt, and sometimes we hurt others.


If your audience can identify with that in you – and still see that God loves you and works in and through you then hope might be the spiritual fruit of your authenticity.

And to think – they heard it on the radio.


Some questions to wrestle with…

Are the staff members at my station authentic? Why or why not?

Will the listener relate more to someone who admits imperfection or one that will never admit making mistakes?

Are we looking to rescue the perishing or show off honor badges?

How authentic is too authentic?

Do any of your staff members remind you of Cliff Claven? Is that a good thing?


Glenn Hascall is station manager for KHYM and moderator of the Fellowship of Christian Broadcasters email and Facebook forum. Winner of multiple broadcasting awards including a Gold Addy, Telly Finalist for documentary work as well as multiple state awards.