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Radio Interview


Lynn Carmichael

Program Director


Colorado Springs



Lynn's Career Capsule
As the wife of a retired military member and mother of two teenagers, I have been blessed with many opportunities to develop life experience in ministry work, from church financial secretary, to Sr. Pastor Executive Assistant, to many years in front of a congregation sharing the "God moments" in my life through Children's sermons, to many more years leading worship as part of a music ministry team.  Music has always been an enormous part of my life, and I believe no other type of music moves the soul like Christian music.  I joined the KTLF Light Praise team 5 years ago as the office assistant and quickly learned the ropes.  I was soon asked to join the morning show to bring those "God moment nuggets" to the airwaves, and as the door opened to assume the position as Program Director / Music Director, I finally knew where all that life experience and love of music was leading. 


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

By going back through e-mails and letters to see the life impact the ministry is having on real people when the GM tells me there's no money for this or that. By being transparent with the listener during the morning show and making physical connections with them at remotes. By keeping my eyes focused on the goal - to edify the body of Christ.  


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

Since I've only been involved in the workings of Christian radio for 5 years, I draw from my 20+ years of general ministry service and I would say the biggest difference is the overwhelming rise in mediocrity and complacency among the consumers; the willingness to stand on the sidelines and waste the opportunity to speak out in Jesus' name...more than ever we need to get in the game! 


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

I think having a wide range of interests, skills, and life experienceoutside of radio makes you better able to relate to your audience.  The broader your view, the more ways you'll see where you can impact the world through radio.


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

With it becoming increasingly harder to find "light Inspo" music these days, the first criterion any song must pass is, "Can I understand what they are saying?" The message is the most important aspect of the song and if I can't understand the message, what's the point?  Next, I look at the intensity of the music, is it too "modern" sounding, too music driven, that the music distracts from the message of the song; again, the message is the most important thing.

Finally, is it a song that, because of its timeless message, folks will still want to hear in a year?  Five years?


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

I have found that our listeners are very much aware of how their money and their time impact Kingdom issues. We always have the best response to promotions that involve them in the opportunity to make a difference.  Things like sponsoring children, sending shoe boxes overseas, collecting yarn for inmates to make baby blankets, etc.


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

As an Inspo station, I find it increasingly difficult to find good Inspo music...the industry seems to be moving away from it, and yet, there is obviously still a market for it, especially as life expectancy continues to rise. Eventually everyone's going to end up listening to Inspo!


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

Probably the increasing music licensing fees and expenses associated with Internet streaming. Then, when you consider that artists are still trying to sell a complete collection of 12 songs for $18.95 when listeners can download their two favorite songs for $.99 cents each - the industry may need to take a different approach on how they get the music into the consumers hands that still benefits all parties involved.


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

To transparently share life experiences that, even through weaknesses, undecidedly point the listener to Christ.


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

Advancing as the last frontier of human interaction...With the advent of computers, we began the personal isolation process.  As texting continues to engulf the attention of our teens, the isolation intensifies.  With the rise in popularity of IPod's and satellite radio, with no audible human contact, radio will  emerge as the last frontier in bringing "home town" personalities to light - and Christian radio will shine as the moral, ethical, spiritual compass the body of Christ will seek.



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