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Dan Lake

Program Director

Ft Wayne



Dan's Career Capsule
My radio career started 5 years ago.  Before that, I co-owned a production company and was on the road doing lighting for Skillet, Bleach, Earthsuit and a ton of others.  After 5 years of heavy touring I was ready to settle down. I had a burden on my heart that God wanted a radio station in Fort Wayne, IN that was positive and geared toward teens. I went to all the Christian radio stations in town looking for an internship to learn the ropes. Oddly enough, they all said that they didn't need me. But God of course had his perfect plan. I ended up at Federated Media on "98.9 The Bear" which is one of the most vulgar stations in Fort Wayne, playing active rock for 18-30 year old males. They called me "Dan the Christian intern". They poked fun at me at times but I knew I was reflecting Jesus Christ in the lives of people who didn't know Him.  I hope and pray that I represented Him well.

After interning for a while, I was promoted to building maintenance and then to assistant chief engineer before I left in September of this year (2007)  to go the Remedy.FM.


1. Personally how do you keep the ministry in the “business”? 

It's easy to get rapped up in numbers and ratings.  But in our short existence, we've seen teens come to give their lives to God.  That's truly amazing and that's why Remedy.FM is here, bottom line.  We aren’t here for those who are healed, but for the sick.


2. Overall, how is Christian radio different today, from 5 years ago?  

5 years ago radio was excited about RDS and streaming on the net.  Now it's "how can we go HD" and "is there a support group those who hate Sound Exchange".


3. What do you think are the main characteristics of today’s Christian radio PD? 

As a PD for Remedy.FM, I find that I'm a Dad who guides, reprimands, mentors, and is a cheerleader.  It's quite challenging.


4. What criteria do you require for a song to be played on your station? 

I require that every song that we play be "positive" and come from a "positive" band.  We don't ONLY play "Christian" music.  A lot of it is, but we also play U2, Coldplay, The Fray and others that are not necessarily labeled "Christian" but are truly "seeking" to be the best person they can be.  I think we as Christ followers need to honor that and lead them toward God if they don't already serve him.


5. What kind of promotions work best for Christian radio? 

For Remedy, we give away tons of iTunes and Starbucks gift cards. Teens love technology and coffee:)  You just need to know your audience. Also, since RemFM is the first of its kind in Fort Wayne.  We are educating our audience on music and bands.  But we still get the occasional request for old DCTalk.  sheeesh.


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

It's amazing how bad the communication is in the communication business.  I always have to call and call, email, call, email and email labels regarding whatever.  Remedy is an internet only station (for now), which doesn't help us get respect in the record label world.


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

Stations need to grow with the times. The biggest obstacle Christian stations face is that most fear the internet. The net can be a terrible place.  What more reason do we need as Christ followers than to grab hold of it and take it back from the evil one and claim it for Gods glory?  We need to think offensively and not defensively.  Real ministry is messy.

If you want to make a difference and do God’s “will”, you have to get your hands dirty.


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

The #1 role of the RemFM DJ is a counselor.  We get a lot of teens that need help, whether it's spiritual help, physical abuse, alcohol, sex, cutting, or whatever.  The teens of this generation are crying out and we need to be there to answer in a Christ like way.  LOVE!


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

RadioU ROCKS.  I admire them greatly.  When I was first seeking an internship in radio, I called Michael at RadioU and told him to send me some promo packs.  I gave them to every station in Fort Wayne and they all laughed at me.  God was telling me to wait.  Waiting always sucks.


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

I pray that positive radio will be a new normality in every market. I see the birth of SoundExchange will open a door for non-profits to explode on the net.  I hope the auto manufactures will incorporate WiFi and internet radio technology in their cars as a standard.




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