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Feature Interview

Sean Troland

General Manager

The Light Radio Network

Essex Junction, VT

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Sean' Career Capsule

I got a Bachelors Degree in Technical Communications but ended up in sales and spent 16 years as a sales manager for a paging and answering service company.  In the meantime, as a direct result of listening to Christian radio (hear that everyone :0)) I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, began walking with Him, and ended up on the Board of Directors of the same radio station that drew me to Him - The Light Radio Network.  From the beginning of my time on the Board, on more than one occasion, the now previous general manager, Ric McClary, wanted me to take his place were he to move on.  In October of 2014 he went to take the role of general manager at The Word and The Pulse in Minnesota and I took his place at The Light.


1. Tell us any recent changes (news) at The Light Radio Network?

Aside from the Light Radio Network getting a new GM :0), we have put the fun and Christ-focused Heather Sheppard on the air during the noon hour and we are close to hiring a new part-time morning show host to replace our very busy and gifted Program Director Bob Pierce so he can be freed up to serve the ministry in other ways.


2. What is the best programming advice you've been given? The worst?

The best programming advice I've been given is to create programming that connects with the hearts of our listeners.  The worst advice I've been given was to not remove “xyz” program because “it's good”.  It wasn't good and needed to go ;0)


3. Regarding your career, what are you most proud of?

Pushing aside any false humility and yet trying to respond humbly... the career achievement I am most proud of is climbing Robbins Mountain, along with our in house engineer, twice in the middle of a Vermont Winter to repair our flagship station WGLY and living to tell about it.


4. What is the ONE thing you must have everyday to do your job?

Ears....... to hear what the Spirit is saying.  The One thing I need every day to do my job is God and His leading and direction.  Maybe too easy an answer, but true :0)


5. Where will future Christian radio air talent come from?

I believe future Christian Radio talent will come from evangelistic men and women who absolutely and unashamedly love God and desire to reach souls with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  These will be people who are concerned for where listeners will spend eternity and long for a true revival to break out in this land.


6. Do you feel syndication is good or bad for Christian radio?

Even though the local connection can suffer, I believe syndication is good for Christian radio as long as the true gospel is being preached.  It's not about competing with each other but reaching as many as possible with the Good News.  Syndication allows for a greater reach.


7. Generally speaking to the industry what are the biggest obstacles facing Christian radio?

To be very general, I would say the biggest obstacle facing Christian radio is sin.  So many people prefer their sin to a relationship with a Loving Father through Jesus Christ and, in so doing, will avoid Christian Radio. 


8. Who are your radio heroes and influences? and why?

My biggest radio influence is my predecessor Ric McClary.  I spent over nine years on the Board of Directors (about half that time as president) and little did I know Ric was mentoring me the whole time.  He would say I have a good ear for radio.  To that I would reply “maybe”, but I learned from one of the best.





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