Brant Hansen is a
graduate of the University of Illinois, and formerly worked as a
youth minister, before stints on morning shows at WBGL-Champaign,
and KSBJ-Houston, and as a talk show host on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS
in Champaign. Previously “Mornings with Brant”, aired on
CHRSN, and was based at WAY-FM in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Currently Brant hosts afternoons on Air1.
how much do you miss waking up at 3am?
It's hard to
find words to describe my new schedule. I can take a shot,
though: "Mind-blowingly, breathtakingly wonderful" comes to
2. How is your show at Air1 different from your previous morning
The new show is
solo. I had a great team for the previous show. I miss them,
and prefer to do team shows. I've been pleased, though, at how
a solo show can work. That said, and because I'm pretty odd and
quirky, I think I'll always want that other voice to play the
role of the "normal" person: good-naturedly, but openly,
wondering what part of my brain is mis-firing.
3. Do you use any show prep services… do you do any prep?
I don't use any
showprep services. I do prep a LOT. Mostly at home. Most of
my prep comes from reading books and reading the Bible. It
actually kinda helps me to have a radio show, because it changes
the way I read the Bible, in a nice way.
If I'm shocked,
or affected, or amazed by anything as I'm reading, and it shows
me something about the character of God, I know I can talk about
it the next day. Helps me take things to heart, knowing it's
going to be part of conversation.
are the biggest obstacles facing Christian air personalities
I'm not sure
what obstacles there are for other people, honestly. I can tell
you, briefly, what my main struggle is:
I want every
show to be some kind of a work of art; a perfectly well-rounded,
funny, insightful, spontaneous, energetic, bracingly human
effort that is simultaneously hilarious and ironic and honest
and entertaining, and prompts both the seeker and the believer
to seek more of Jesus.
So here's the
struggle: I'm not capable of this.
frustration, some disappointment, some embarrassment, and a
little despair, that comes with every show. I know that's going
to sound unhealthy or overwrought to some. I'm not proud of
this. It's certainly not maturity at work, there.
I am getting
better of just walking out of the studio, saying, "I tried, and
God, you use second-rate stuff all the time, and thank you for
that," and then I can go home and play Call of Duty with my kids
and laugh. The Gospel has to count for me, too. There's
The struggle is
wanting to look good to others, and wanting to look good to
myself. In other words, it's all about me. As I type that, I
think, "Well, actually, I think this IS the struggle other
personalities are facing..." To be "on stage", and to be
self-forgetful -- that sounds great. I'm moving that direction,
but man...it's so hard, it hurts.
Do you think there will be more or less syndication in the
future of Christian radio?
I think so.
To me -- and
I'm about as far from expert as they come -- syndication makes
more sense in Christian radio than in other formats. When we
connect, it's transcendent. And I mean that, "transcendent".
As in, transcending time, transcending the news, transcending
the provincial, or matters of geography.
If a show
connects on that level...? No other format can do that. And
frankly, if I'm listening in Texas, and you're in your apartment
studio in Des Moines, but you just showed me your heart, and
pointed me to Jesus, well...we're family.
family no matter where you are, or what station pays your
salary, or how the uplink-y thing works on the
What (if any) Christian radio shows do you consider as
I don't know.
I don't get to listen enough, honestly. I'm kind of "out of
I would LOVE to
get suggestions of shows to listen to, given this: I'm
especially interested, right now, in how the Gospel is being
communicated to people through Christian radio.
Gospel" as in, "Hey, you're invited to jump into this Christian
subculture and be like us and go to Heaven," but the radical,
Jesus-freed-you-from-the-weight-of-the-law Gospel, the "Good
News" that challenges religion head-on, and blasts the idea that
we're all being judged on our performance, instead of what Jesus
has already done for us.
I think it's so
refreshing, so wonderful, so simple - yet so little understood -
that people long for it, like fresh water. And that's
especially true of those wearied by religion, so many of whom
are listening to our stations. We have something to offer them:
REST. And people are dying for it. Everyone's busy to death,
and not sure why. Imagine if Christian radio were to bring a
message of rest, based on the good news of Jesus, for the
heavy-laden and burnt-out, which is almost all of our listeners.
this. They don't need more, albeit subtle, suggestions that
they're not measuring up to some idealized standard. They need
let off the hook. They need grace. They need to understand the
Gospel, because it's such truly good news.
I'd love to
hear about any shows, or stations, moving this direction. I'm
trying to go this way, myself, and could use some good examples,
or just some folks with whom to commiserate. We can swing for
the fences together. We may foul most of them off, but we'll
have some good laughs, and God uses that, too.
did you get involved with the "I Am Second" project?
through Joe Battaglia and Faron Dice. I'm not sure what was
involved with that, honestly, but I was sure impressed with how
I am Second® -