I got my start in radio back in
1997 at Baton Rouge's WQCK (CCM) pulling the "ever crucial"
overnight shift! I was fortunate enough to move up quickly to PD
and morning drive host. From there I worked at a handful of
stations and formats including oldies, (KOOJ) classic rock (WDGL),
as well as smooth jazz (WZMR). I tried my hand in television for a
few years at WXXA, a FOX affiliate in Albany, NY. I have always had
a love for Christian radio which brought me to Pulse 96.7 WPTR where
I am the PD/morning host and having the time of my life!
1. Personally how do you keep the ministry in the “business”?
Always address topics from a
Christian perspective with a strong focus on families.
2. Overall, how is Christian radio different today, from 5 years
I don't really feel as though it
is, although the music has gotten even better and more of our
artists being played on A/C stations.
3. What do you think are the main characteristics of today’s
Christian radio PD?
One who can wear many, many hats!
Music Director, Host, Chief Bottle Washer, etc... Seriously, he or
she certainly needs to be a people person and have the skills and
patience to deal with many different (and often contrary) viewpoints
of Christianity as well as what Christian radio should be.
4. What criteria do you require for a song to be played on your
I rely heavily on the charts, but
certainly am open to any artist with a quality, unique sound!
5. What kind of promotions work best for Christian radio?
The same promotions that a family
friendly secular station would use. Contrary to popular belief,
Christians are fun too!
6. How do you think Christian Record labels can better serve
They work so hard as it is... I
guess just pay attention to the smaller stations.
7. In your opinion what are the biggest obstacles facing Christian
misconception that we are more of a charity than a viable
8. What do you believe is the primary role of the Christian radio
Entertainer. Let the music do the
evangelizing. The host is there to entertain and uplift and connect
with the listener.
9. What (if any) Christian radio stations do you consider as
WISG out of Indianapolis. Kurt
Wallace is as creative as they come!
10. Where do you see Christian radio in 5 years?
On equal footing with secular adult
contemporary stations. Why not? When properly programmed, we sound
just as good with a better message!