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Promotions for Young & West at EMF

 Educational Media Foundation (EMF), the parent ministry and programmer of the world’s two largest Christian music radio networks, announces the internal advancement of Mandy Young and Troy West. 


Effective immediately, Mandy Young takes on the role of vice president of radio. Mandy joined EMF in 2009 and throughout her tenure has served as Air1 morning show co-host, midday host, assistant program director, music director, and in 2018, Air1 program director. In 2020, Mandy’s role expanded again when she was named EMF radio group program director, leading the programming for both Air1 and K-LOVE. 


“Mandy’s vision for K-LOVE and Air1, and her heart for the Gospel, has come into full focus,” said Jim Houser, EMF chief content officer. “Her leadership in the creation of a ground-breaking worship format on Air1 and her steering of the K-LOVE on-air sound is shaping the future of both networks. With great colleagues on the team in place, Mandy is ready to bring her incredible intuition, intellect, and experience to additional pieces of EMF’s radio brands.”  


Mandy will focus her time on long-term vision, strategies, and projects for the networks and help the ministry navigate the ever-changing landscape of radio. She continues to report directly to Jim Houser. 


Troy West is promoted to EMF radio program director. “Troy is one of the best in the business at making a station sound technically amazing,” Mandy said. “His care and concern for every detail makes him the perfect choice to round out our programming leadership—he has a heart for ministry and I look forward to collaborating with him to take K-LOVE and Air1 to new heights.” 


Hired by Mandy as assistant program director of the EMF radio group in 2021, Troy will continue to report to Mandy as he assumes her former role and will oversee day-to-day programming, talent coaching, and operations for both K-LOVE and Air1. Troy brings expertise and a track record of success from his previous work as program director at KSBJ/Houston, station manager and program director at WJQK/Grand Rapid (JQ99) and program director at WAY-FM West Palm Beach, Fla. 

“Working with Jim Houser and partnering with Troy West and the talent we have here at EMF is a joy. I believe our on-air teams are at the top of the business in skill and heart,” Mandy said. “I am excited to be growing my role and to be promoting Troy, so together we can take K-LOVE and Air1 to new levels in serving our audiences and pointing them to Christ.”



Educational Media Foundation (EMF) is a nonprofit, multi-platform media company on a mission to draw people closer to Christ. Founded in 1982 in Santa Rosa, Calif., with a single radio station, EMF today owns and operates the world’s two largest Christian music radio networks (K-LOVE and Air1) with over 1,000 broadcast signals across all 50 states, streaming audio reaching around the world, and a growing family of media ministries including podcasts, books, films, concerts, and events. EMF employs nearly 500 team members between its offices in Nashville, TN; Rocklin, CA; and field locations around the country.

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