Power 102 (CHR)
El Paso, KTFM (CHR) San Antonio, KZEP (Rock) San Antonio, NBC
Entertainment reporter San Antonio, KS95 (Hot A/C) Minneapolis,
VH1 Rock Across America, WAY-FM (CCM) West Palm Beach, CHRSN (CCM)
After losing my full time position in September due to cut
backs, I remain contracted out as a Voice Tracker by CHRSN
(WAY-FM and affiliates) for Middays which I do from my studio at
home. I have also been given the opportunity to Voice Track for
Spirit in Visalia, CA, Word FM Network in PA, as well as Shine
in ABQ which recently notified contract employees that our
services were no longer required. So that leaves me with an
In the last year I have taken a host position with Share Media
and I really enjoy traveling to help other station achieve their
budget goals as a pledge drive guest host. Most recently, I have
joined syndicated Keep The Faith as co host with the very
talented Keith Stevens. The show is all about making
encouragement contagious and NUMBER 1 in Atlanta!
1. How has your show evolved
or changed over the last few years?
I have the opportunity to be
educated by two of the best teachers ever- John Frost and Tommy
Kramer. They take completely different approaches to help me
achieve the same goals. John has been honing my story telling
skills and it's really been amazing to work with John and Dave
Senes on Keep The Faith and have the opportunity to learn new
ways to connect.
Tommy is my coach and he understands my type A personality. He's
direct and honest. He gives specific examples of how each break
could have been done better or why it was right on. I've heard
so many frightening stories about him. HAHA! He's a loving guide
and a sweet friend.
The ability to continue to have direction from these guys keeps
my thinking fresh and helps me to connect with our listeners
better than ever.
2. How important is social
networking to Christian Radio personalities?
I'm all over facebook. Recently I've
learned how to use it better to point anyone listening back to
the station to hear their comments on the radio. It helps with
trying to do a voice tracked show that is local where it CAN be
and also to sound very "today".
3. What show topics seem to be
hot right now?
4. What can Christian Radio do
to develop young talent?
Continue helping everyone to
understand that there is NO Christian grocery store, Christian
car, Christian this and that. We are believers who live in this
world and it's a broken messed up world that doesn't always have
a rosy exclamation point at the end of every break. Sometimes
it's ok to just let the bad stuff BE bad stuff without trying to
fix someone else's perception of it over 29 seconds of a Jeremy
5. You VT shifts for stations
in different markets, what is the secret to making it sound
Asking for a pronunciation guide!
Growing up in San Antonio we could here a "foreigner" in a hurry
talking about traffic on "Cuh LEE bruh" when it SHOULD be "Coo
LAY bruh". If there's a fire in a neighboring county, understand
that noses are running and kids are inside playing and not
6. Do you use any show prep
services… tell why or why not?
I use a couple but I don't rely on
them. When friends see me go for my phone, they're like, "What?
What did I say?" I immediately put a note in my calendar to talk
about that on the air. For instance, I recently found out that
some of my best friends will LEAVE the dinner table to go see
why the fire trucks are down the street. Or students who are
CONSTANTLY volunteered to do things by parents. THIS is real
7. What are the biggest
obstacles facing Christian radio air personalities today?
The same obstacle is still in place.
Each person wearing too many hats and there's no time left for
creativity or really putting that extra thought into a break.
8. Do you think there will be
more or less syndication in the future of Christian radio?
If there is, it only makes sense to
use the best of the best. The idea of hiring a warm body who can
turn on the mic and do some rip and read news is ruining
Christian radio and that's mostly because hiring managers don't
know the difference, have a nephew that needs a job or they just
don't have the money to hire a good jock.
Some local stations are doing it right. Doing good radio. They,
for the most part, have managed finances well, invested in their
talent and they have FOCUS. If that can't be intentional, it's
best to syndicate and have good radio on your station and use
your stopsets to be as local as you can.
9. What (if any) Christian
radio shows do you consider as innovators today?
I love listening to Beth Bacall
(Star99.1). She's a strong woman with values and opinions and
she REALLY knows what her listeners are up to right now. We've
kicked around the idea of doing a show together. THAT would be
10. Where do you see Christian
morning radio in 5 years?
I hope it's full of spiritual depth
that's not exclusive. Entertaining and slightly self deprecating
to the point where she is saying "yes! Me too!" But not to the
point where you've just made her feel uncomfortable. Inviting
but not pushy. Fun to listen to for ANYONE, not just the church.
If it's not, there are lots of other choices up and down the
dial who will get the majority of this right.