I started in
High School at WGXM 88.1. I wanted to be a DJ or a professional
trumpet player. I have spent most of my career in CHR and
Country. I have been fortunate enough along the way to work at
some great radio stations.
KEGL in Dallas,
KLUV in Dallas,
Q102 in Cincinnati,
B97 New Orleans,
Y108 in Denver,
K102 in Minneapolis,
WGAR in Cleveland.
Christian FM (Hey Jon!)
And, of course, that amazing 98.5 KTIS. I have been
here at KTIS for over 2 years now and am honored to work with
the best airstaff in the business. David Christian and Pam
Lundell our award winning morning show, Lisa Barry (who needs to
win some awards...she is GREAT), Dave Clutter (the hardest
working man in show biz), Chaz Lowder (rookie of the year), and
the new guy Keith Stevens our Program Director (oh yea, and that
Jason Sharp fella does a pretty good job too!). To listen to the
most amazing phone call I have received in 30 years on the air
your show evolved or changed over the last few years?
Back in the day, there was no such thing as "connecting". Radio
was a one way street. We talked, "they" listened. Now "she"
talks, and "I" listen. There is so much more listener
involvement and a REASON to do what I do. God has taken this old
radio guy and drug addict, and has allowed him to learn (thanks
John and Tommy) and share that we are not perfect (gasp!), and
we don't have to be in the "club", and speak the code words. Our
listeners have problems and hang ups too.. It makes it ok for
Jen to have them when we say we are not perfect...and it also
endears us to her.
2. How important is social
networking to Christian Radio personalities?
So VERY important. Just one more way to stay connected. My
beautiful wife Dana handles my Facebook and blogging because I
3. What show topics seem to be
hot right now?
Real life. Lots of times I will not mention a particularly hot
topic just because everyone else is. It's overkill. When
everyone else is talking about the shootings in Arizona we talk
about ways to save money on groceries. It's an escape from the
stuff you hear everywhere else.
4. What can Christian Radio do
to develop young talent?
Radio has changed so much. When I got started (back when
dinosaurs ruled the earth) we started on weekends, then
overnights and pulling news off the AP wire for the morning show
and on up the ladder. Now there are no weekend gigs anymore.
Most stations are tracked on the weekends. We need a talent pool
of hungry kids that want to learn. It's more than "that was,
this is" announcing. We need a new generation to pass the
5. Do you use any show prep
services… tell why or why not?
Beth Bacall has She Prep, and boy is she plugged in. I usually
listen a lot when I shop with Dana to hear what people are
saying. The local paper has a lot of good stuff.
6. What are the biggest
obstacles facing Christian air personalities today?
Being clueless. It's not about us anymore...It's about HER and
what SHE thinks.
We have such an opportunity to be a part of her life and family.
We can cry when she cries, laugh when she laughs....It's an
There is an old radio joke. What is the definition of a DJ
Being quiet until it's his turn to talk next.
Shut up and listen...She has a story to tell. Let her tell it
without interrupting her. You get some GREAT audio when she
stops talking and you don't say anything. She rushes in to fill
7. Do you think there will be
more or less syndication in the future of Christian radio?
Probably more. No talent pool from which to draw anymore.