1. Tell us about your market and how it is
20 years ago, our market had one
Christian station...an AM Southern Gospel station.
Today we have 12 Christian stations in our market. 4
of them are K-Love signals, an Air-1, two AFR's, CSN,
Solid Gospel, The Word in Praise, Power Worship, and
KZKZ. So, for a market of 150,000 people, I'd call
that pretty unique.
2. What is the most fulfilling aspect to you
personally about Christian radio?
I like programming the music, and I like praying
for people. We do that on the air during the morning
show, and have heard many healing testimonies from our
3. Here is your chance to testify on behalf
of your station...How has God used KZKZ?
KZKZ was a hard rock station before it went
bankrupt in 1993. The announcers were allowed to swear
on the air, and made some pretty lewd comments. God
took the station and made a Christian station out of
it within a week's time. In the past 13 years, we have
had many people say they came to know the Lord through
the station, or were healed, or that we helped them
get through some hard times.
4. What is the criteria that determines if a
song receives airplay on your station?
First is lyrical content, second is production
quality, third is music...how intense it is, how slow
or fast it is, etc.
5. What kind of promotions work best for your
Promotions or contests that involve the children
seem to work best. We've given away trips, money,
shopping sprees, backstage passes, and holiday prize
packages...but the one that sticks out in my mind as
working the best is this past Christmas when our
listeners donated gifts for children who had a mom or
dad in the 39th Infantry Brigade in Iraq. We had a
lobby full of gifts for the kids, and when the mothers
came to pick up the gift packages, they were
overwhelmed by the love and generosity of our
listeners. Several of them broke down and cried when
they saw all the presents. It was pretty awesome.
6. How do you think Christian Record labels
can better serve Christian radio?
We've only been a reporting station since June. But
all the people that keep in touch with me are doing a
great job providing product, interviews, and
7. In your opinion what are the biggest
obstacles facing Christian radio today?
I'm probably going to give you a different answer
than one you'd expect. I'd say the biggest obstacle is
thinking too small and allowing the devil to
discourage you and back you into a comfortable corner
where you don't want to take any more risks, or try
8. What do you
believe is the primary role of the Christian radio air
To encourage and
inspire the listener, to be a real person on the air.
Don't be afraid to
speak the right word in season. I'm not talking about
preaching, necessarily. God can give you 4 or 5 words
that can help change somebody forever. I've seen it
happen a lot.
9. What (if any)
other Christian radio stations do you consider as
I think K-Love and
Air-1 do a great job, always keeping things fresh and
finding different ways to say things. We also work
hard to keep things fresh. I also have a friend doing
a talk show on our AM station who is very unique and
innovative. I haven't heard a show like his anywhere
else. The show is "Talk Radio for Christians" on KFSA
AM 950 with Steve Duignan. Sorry, we don't stream any
of our programs.
10. Where do you
see Christian radio in 5 years?
I think the local
stations that concentrate on ministering to their
communities will continue to flourish. Show the local
community that you care, and they'll respond