Been a 'DJ'
as long as I can remember, probably since I was a kid on family
trips broadcasting the Daytona 500 from the back seat 'as mom
says I would do'. (has it been that long?) Had a back injury in
'89 that allowed me the time to go to Broadcasting school at
Brown in Minneapolis. First gig at KANO-AM in Anoka, MN,
followed by stops in Detroit Lakes, MN at KKDL/KDLM, KEMB in
Emmetsburg, IA, the U.S. Army fro 4 years in Radio/TV/Print
department, and stints at WQXE in Elizabethtown, KY, WULF in
Radcliff, and WXBC in Hardinsburg, KY. After re-dedicating my
life to Christ in 1996, decided to only do Christian radio,
spent 8 years at WGRC, Lewisburg, PA, and have been at KJIL/KHYM
in Meade, KS since 2004. I started the
New Release Tuesday radio
programs and audio magazine in 2006.
How has your KJIL show evolved or changed over the last few
I try to make it the listeners show every day. As many phoners
as I can, and as much interaction as possible via Facebook,
Twitter, and IM'ing. Less about the 'bits' and more about the
body. Get it?
2. How important is social networking to Christian Radio
For me it's vital. On the morning show today, at the suggestion
of a Facebook comment to our page yesterday, we made someone a
winner of music who commented from the furthest place away. Our
winners were from North/South Carolina. I'm in Kansas. Plus I
had over 50 comments and entries in just 3 hours.
3. What show topics seem to be hot right now?
We are doing everything we can to keep the Haitian Earthquake
from leaving the front page of the news. It is an incredible
4. What can Christian Radio do to develop young talent?
That is the million $ question isn't it? What can we do? Where
is the passion for radio? It's turned into a passion for the
next electronic device instead.
5. What kind of promotions work best for Christian radio?
Promotions that meet the listeners needs whatever it is. We want
to be their source for as much of the things in their life that
they do everyday as we can. Right now we are doing a family life
marriage weekend giveaway.
6. Do you use any show prep services. why or why not?
Have tried a few. But prep is really just life isn't it?
7. What are the biggest obstacles facing Christian air
A. Finding people to replace us as we're getting older.
B. The availability of media on demand wherever you are. This
also might work for us.
C. Getting out of the way of God. That may seem cliche', but
sometimes we just need to step back and let Him do His thing. He
was doing a great job before we came into the picture wasn't He?
8. Do you think there will be more or less syndication in the
future of Christian radio?
More, but local radio will always survive. There will always be
9. What (if any) Christian radio shows do you consider as
Well, (insert shameless plug), the
New Release Tuesday new music
radio programs are pretty cool.
Really like Positive 88.3 in Orlando.
Joy FM in Sarasota.
His Radio Network
10. Where do you see Christian morning radio in 5 years?
Hopefully on more pre-set buttons, and with more podcast
downloads, and meeting peoples needs where they are better than