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Radio Interview


Dave Queen

Operations Manager





Daves' Career Capsule
I graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1985.  I returned from 1987 to 1992 as WNAZ's station manager.  I was the GM at WCVK in Bowling Green, Ky from 1992 to 1997.  I did some fill in work at Salem (Today's Christian Music) in 1998.  I returned to WNAZ in 1999 as the Morning host.  I became the Operations Manager in 2000.

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

Nashville is the home for much of the Christian music industry which often allows us to work more closely with the people involved. 


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

It can uniquely bring together the various parts of the body of Christ for common causes.  It also is often an unbeliever's connection to spiritual things which allows us to minister to them.


3. How has God used you in your role at WNAZ?  

 Since we are a part of Trevecca Nazarene University, I am able to be a mentor to the students. 


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

 Our goal is to emulate the sound of mainstream CHR.  We want a solid mix or rock, urban and pop.  We play artists that profess to be Christians.  Not all songs have to make a reference to God, but the lyrics need to offer a positive message that fits alongside songs with the more vertical message. 


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

To this point most of our promotions are tied in to the music in some way.  However,  we want to be a part of  non-music events that are of interest to the youth.  High school or extreme sports events would be some examples. 

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

 I really think they are working very hard to help radio.   


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

I still don't think we have a clue about how to reach the youth.  We can't be afraid to be entertaining.  We can talk about pop culture without endorsing it's values.  Let's not act like we don't live on this planet.  I'm saying we do live in this world, but we don't have to be of it.  



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

 Be friendly!  It's about the listener, not us.  We need to communicate that we care about them.  That doesn't mean we have to bring a sermonette every time we open the mic.  Did I mention that we need to be friendly?  


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

Radio U


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

 I think we are going to continue to share artists with the mainstream.   I'm excited about the success of Stacie Orrico, Switchfoot and Mercy Me.  People may stop on our station because they recognize a song from the mainstream.  We can take advantage of that.


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