I began my radio
career during college at WBGL in Champaign, IL doing fill-in
on-air work…and several months later I started part-time work at
WLRW (Hot AC) too. In January of 1998, I became full-time
production/imaging director for WLRW and WIXY(Country) in
Champaign. In 1999 I moved to Baton Rouge to be Music and
Production Director/Afternoon host for WQCK. Just under two
years later I accepted the position as Managing Morning Show
Producer at WMBI in Chicago, and I have since been promoted to
Senior Creative Services Producer.
1. What events
led to you joining Moody Broadcasting in Chicago? What are your
After several years of living more than 800 miles away from
any family, my wife and I decided to begin looking for work
closer to home. WMBI was able to offer a number of positive
things for us…market size, location, a history of excellence,
national exposure, and a pretty progressive (and good) morning
show. I started out producing that show, but now my duties
include creative writing and production, voiceovers, artist
interviews, and feature production.
2.How did you get into Christian radio?
I was looking for a part-time job while I was at the
University of Illinois, and thought radio might be fun. I loved
Christian music, but didn’t have a clue about radio. Steve
Young, then of WBGL, was the brave soul who let me on the air
for the first time…and I was hooked!
3. Tell us about your production company.....how it
began....it's services etc.
Flying Upside Down Productions began in 1999 just doing
simple commercial production for small businesses in my area.
Currently though, we handle clients such as McDonald’s,
Christianity Today, and Moody Magazine, plus produce radio
imaging for several stations. Recently, we unveiled a new
production service ([ION] Productions) for Christian record
labels…helping them feature their artists in new and innovative
ways. You can e-mail us at
4.Why is production quality so important to a Christian
In most markets, every secular station spends a lot of time
and money on their production facilities and talent. The sound
quality is high, the writing is compelling, and the production
is seamless. If we hope to compete for the same listeners that
the rest of our market is, we have to meet or exceed those
standards. Never underestimate the power of well-done
production. Listeners DO notice.
5. What are some of your favorite production tools (toys)?
On a daily basis at WMBI we use ProTools, but I’ve found that
for basic imaging and commercial production Samplitude 6.0 is
excellent! It’s easy to use and has all the fun-stuff I need
built in. My most prized production tool though is my cable
internet connection! I send and receive MP3 files daily (VO,
sfx, and music beds), saving a whole lot of time and postage. In
fact, all of the television and radio audio I do for McDonald’s
is sent via the web!
6. How did your passion for Christian radio develop?
I grew up in a very musical family. We listened to music all
the time! As I got older I began to see how Christian music was
not only fun, but was being used to change lives like nothing
else could and that excited me. Once I started on the radio end
of things, I was completely blown away by all the listeners who
rely SO much on what we broadcast. For some it’s their only
connection to Christ. I like being faced with that challenge!
7. What advice could you give to a young person wanting
to start a career in Christian radio?
Be willing to do anything! You never know what might happen
from there. Work at a station in your area for free, sweep
floors, file music, whatever. You’ll learn more about radio at
an actual station in one week than you would learn in one year
of school. Remember, most radio stations promote from within!