After attending Messiah College, I received a job at WMSJ/Portland,
ME as the Promotions Director and Afternoon Drive host. A few years
later, I was promoted to Assistant PD and Morning Show Co-Host.
After over 6 years at WMSJ, God called me to WHCF/Bangor, ME, where
I now am revamping the station as we transition to an Inspo Station.
Personally how do you keep the ministry in the “business”?
think it’s very important for the GM to be the one to worry about
the business. When they are worrying about making sure that we have
enough income to pay the bills each month, then the PD and
Promotions department can concentrate on the ministry of the
station, without having to cross the ministry/business line.
Following that format, I’ve been able to keep “ministry” in my mind
when coming to decisions, and allow the GM to keep “business” in
2. Overall, how is Christian radio different today, from 5 years
and more Christian radio is becoming real, relevant/relatable to the
audience. Christian radio has become more about drawing people in
who may not necessarily ever enter a church. When we concentrate on
the ministry and outreach aspect of radio that makes us unique, I
think that’s when we’ll see real growth. More and more stations are
now major players in their market share then they were 5 years ago.
3. What do you think are the main characteristics of today’s
Christian radio PD?
that want their station to be real and relevant/relatable to their
audience. I think it’s important to not just do radio well, but to
do it the very best way possible. If we are serving our Lord, then
He calls us to do it the very best we can… and not just “get by”.
As Christian radio PD's, we are doing a much better job relating to
the audience and caring about their needs before our own.
4. What kind of promotions work best for Christian radio?
that inspire others! Yes, it’s important to do the fun give-aways
with CDs and VeggieTales DVDs and all… as they can still be fun to
win, but it’s important to try to make a difference… change
something in a listener’s life for the better.
5. How do you think Christian Radio labels can better serve
struggled with this for some time now. I have many friends in the
label side of the business, and I’ve asked them many times why they
don’t ask Radio for advice. Who is buying their CDs? Radio’s
listeners. So who should they ask what song should be the next
single? Radio. I still find it amazing that one of the best songs
I’ve ever heard on a Christian CD has never been released to radio.
We played the song at my former station, and it was nearly as big
for us as “I Can Only Imagine”… yet the label didn’t listen to me or
the artist and they never released it. We played it, and the label
missed out on a ton of sales nationwide.
6. In your opinion, what are the biggest obstacles facing Christian
original and unique. From the songs that are written, to the songs
being “released” to radio, to the songs being added… we need to
think for ourselves and do what works for our market… not follow the
lead of a station on the other side of the country.
7. What do you believe is the primary role of the Christian radio
a positive influence on the radio in their community. To be an
alternative to the “junk” that other stations may talk about. To be
a light in a dark world. To be real and relevant/relatable.
8. What, if any, Christian radio stations do you consider as
in California is great. Their airstaff, their programming, and
their ministry to their community and to other Christian radio
stations… they are first-class.
the type of station that I am now the PD for, I’ve been watching
what WRBS in Baltimore is doing, as we are a similar station. They
guys are top-notch.
9. Where do you see Christian radio in 5 years?
Hopefully, becoming even more of a player in every market in
America, and across the world. The world needs this music… they
just may not know it yet.