If you’ve come here via about.me, thanks for clicking the URL on my profile. If you are here via my blog, thanks for choosing to spend some extra time with me. I created this page for anyone seeking a little background on who I am and what I do.
The first WAY-FM signed on in October 1987 in Ft. Myers, Florida. Since then, WAY-FM Media Group, Inc. has grown to include 19 stations and 80 translators in 12 states. Our Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN), programmed from Nashville’s WAY-FM, reaches another 14 stations and 25 more translators in 20 states. WAY-FM also broadcasts worldwide via the web at WAY-FM.com.
Recently I retired from on-air duties after serving six years as co-host of several award-winning incarnations of the CHRSN morning show, including “Marcia and Jeff” and “Jeff and Stace in the morning.” Marcia and I ranked as high as 3rd in the Nashville market in our core demographic (Women 18 – 24) in 2002 (5th in women 18 – 34) and also won the A.I.R. Award for Best Nashville Morning Show that year.
Stace and I won the A.I.R. Award for Best Locally Produced Nationally Syndicated Show two years in a row (2006 and 2007) and were also nominated for a national ECHO Award in 2006 for Large Market Personalities of the Year.
As operations director, my job primarily involves creative outreach to each of our local communities. This is achieved primarily through various concerts we produce throughout the year, but also through things like collecting toys for Toys for Tots each Christmas (nearly 5,000 this past December), collecting cell phones for women’s shelters, or even supplies for recent hurricane victims.
Whatever we do, we want to find a way to benefit people in need right in our own back yard whenever we can. Sometimes that’s helping those in need with a tangible item. Other times it’s supplying listeners the chance to enjoy a raucous concert at Allen Arena or the Sommet Center. And, when we can combine the two, all the better!
Next to my relationship with Jesus, my wife Annie is far and away the most important thing in my life. I manage to mess up with both of them usually several times a day. Thankfully, I not only have a forgiving savior, but a forgiving and understanding wife as well.
We’ve been married for over seven years and, while we don’t yet have children of our own, we hope to someday soon. In the meantime, there’s our miniature dachshund Fritz. We love him dearly, and even allow him to blog occasionally. He earned the name The Celebrity Pup from fans of my most recent morning show.
I’ve been uncomfortable for quite a while with the idea of my own blog. “How could anyone possibly care about what I have to say about anything,” I used to ask myself. My hope is you find that it’s less about me and more about providing something of value to you. If at anytime you think I can improve in that area, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
In short, I plan to cover not only radio but also the impact of topics like social media, marketing, publishing, Twitter and Web 2.0 on broadcasting and the music industry. Thank you, in advance, for spending time here.