After graduating from Liberty University in 1986 with a degree
in Radio / TV Management, I moved from my hometown of
Chillicothe, Ohio to Baltimore, Maryland to take a television
production job. In 1987, I started at WRBS with a part-time
shift. They hired me full-time in 1989. I’m now music
director, computer network administrator, fill-in frequently
on-the-air, and produce a program called “Life
For other goofy facts:
1. How did you wind up at
I was working in Baltimore with a
Christian TV ministry in 1987. After attending the Eastern
National Religious Broadcasters Conference that year, I
realized I still had my childhood dream of working in
Christian radio. So, I began working part-time with WRBS
while still working full-time in television production. In
1989, I left the TV ministry to become full-time at WRBS.
2. What is the most fulfilling aspect to you personally
about Christian radio?
When people let us know a song
or program has ministered to them. It reinforces the Apostle
Paul’s words that “our labor is not in vain in the Lord”.
3.How has God used you in your role at WRBS?
I am constantly amazed how God
works in spite of me. As a “jack of all trades, master of
none”, God has really blessed my efforts for His honor and
glory. During the one year anniversary of the September 11th
terrorist attacks, we had many let us know the music that day
had a profound impact on their lives.
4. You've been at WRBS for
quite a while, how has the radio ministry changed?
The technology has significantly changed. When I started in
1987, we had turntables and cart machines. Today everything
is digital and stored on computer hard drives. (In fact, the
studio where my picture above was taken has completely changed
during the last couple of years.)
Just as amazing as the changes, has been what hasn’t changed.
Our mission statement has remained:
honor and glorify God
make Jesus Christ known
strengthen and encourage Christians
provide quality programming and services
effective stewards of what God has given us
5. What criteria is used when selecting songs for
airplay on WRBS?
Lyrically, it must not
The artist’s performance and
technical production quality must be excellent.
It must fit our format.
It must test well.
We also look at charts from the
following sources: Radio
Christian Radio Weekly, and the
Cooperative Christian Radio
6. How did your passion for Christian radio develop?
As a kid, I read Paul Freed’s “Towers
To Eternity” and Ben Armstrong’s
I can still remember setting up a fake radio station in my
room and recording programs. Actually came across one of
those cassettes recently – it gave me a good laugh, and yet I
could still feel the passion. I would also spend hours
listening to WEEC-FM, Springfield, Ohio and WPAY-FM,
7. Why do you think Christian radio is labeled as being
"behind" as compared to secular radio?
I have the privilege of working
for a station where management is dedicated to removing that
label. Our technology, talent, information, research, sales,
etc. are constantly improving. (The station even helped me
with my tuition when I returned to school to earn
certification in computer network administration.) We sound
as good as, or better than, many of the stations in the
Baltimore-Washington market. I realize there is still a
negative stereotype out there about Christian radio –
especially for those who haven’t tuned in recently. But if
they were to punch up many Christian radio stations today,
they would hear an excellent technical sound, outstanding
talent, information they need, and programming that meets
today’s contemporary society.
8. What in your opinion is the primary role of the Christian
radio air personailty today?
Today’s Christian radio air
personality is no longer just a “time and temperature”
person. He / she must connect with the core listener – be
real. But that doesn’t require a lot more verbiage - the
listener can pick up quickly whether an air personality is
really concerned and educated about a topic – or if they are
merely “acting”. So often, communicating just a word or two
about a topic or song can inform and encourage a listener.
9. What (if any) other Christian radio stations do you
consider as inovators today?
Attending the Gospel Music
Association Conference this year in
Nashville, I had the honor of
speaking with Jon Hull of KSBJ (while waiting for an elevator)
and Mike Bingham of the Moody Broadcasting Network. These
guys know the recipe for excellence in radio and are making an
impact. I’m very impressed with so many non-commercial
Christian stations today. Years ago, non-commercial meant
poor quality. That has changed. Just south of us,
non-commercial WGTS-FM in Washington, DC is a terrific example
of great programming.
10. Where do you see
Christian radio in 5 years?
I see Christian radio only improving and impacting
more and more lives. People are hungry these days for
something real. The message they get from songs and programs
on Christian radio provides real answers to today’s uncertain
world events. We’re finding that many who used to listen to
secular radio are now tuning us in. As we continue to focus on
meeting the needs of that core listener, our ratings will only
continue to go up.