1. This show probably isn’t what you think.
You’ll think you’ve heard this before, like it’s the typical radio show, but it’s really not. Honest.
It may take you a bit, too, to realize it. But this show isn’t about people trying to be cool, or how awesome I, Brant, am. And we’d sure be in trouble if it were. I’m a nerd.
It’s not about a desperate need for attention, or ratings, or trying to be shocking, or crazy, to make a splash. We’re not even trying to make you a better Christian, or better American, or a better anything, really.
Shoot, it’s not about me. Or even about you. And that’s a pretty crazy thing to say, in the radio business. Even crazier: We’re doing a “Christian radio” show, and it’s not about Christianity.
Ultimately – and we hope this shines through, in time – this show is about Jesus. We believe He is alive, and His Kingdom is the good news, particularly for the poor, the outcast, the lonely, the marginalized. We talk about, and try to demonstrate, that Kingdom a lot, even when we’re not using the word “kingdom”.
2. Brant is a nerdy guy, but he doesn’t know everything. Or anything close to it. And he knows it.
Only Jesus is your Teacher. Any Christian “air personality” or star preacher or author or expert or whoever who suggests, however subtly, that he should be your authority? He’s ignoring his own brokenness. We are all brothers and sisters. Equals. Let’s grow toward Jesus, together. He, alone, is our Leader.
I have strong, and often considered, opinions on many things (like that last point might demonstrate.) But I reserve the right, at all times, to be wrong. I’m learning, too. I’m not humble about Truth, but I’m certainly humble about my ability to always apprehend it.
3. Everyone is welcome.
That means everybody.
Democrat, Republican, Tea Party-people, atheist, agnostic, Protestant, Catholic, young, old, hip, not-hip, married, single, divorced, pro-choice, pro-life, white/black/Hispanic/Pacific Islander/whatever, artists, jocks, loners, depressed, Joel Osteen fans, John Piper fans, tall, short, thin, thick…freaks of all kinds: You are welcome here.
We’re freaks, too. We love you.
4. Some stuff will seem completely random and make no sense to you.
This is because some stuff will be completely random and make no sense to anyone.
5. Your views may be challenged.
Honestly: If you’re looking for affirmation of everything you already think, you’ll probably hate this show.
If you, say, prefer complex religion, or absolutely love the status quo in American church culture, you likely will turn the show off. Vaya con Dios, and may – truly – God bless you.
6. The show is not specifically FOR kids, but we do love them.
We’re not doing a show for six year-olds. We’re not going to talk down to intelligent adults. This said, we love children, and we welcome them. I’m a dad who’s vigilant about what my kids hear and see, and I respect parents who are trying to do the same thing.
7. We won’t always tie things in a little spiritual bow for you.
Sometimes, we’ll let you draw your own conclusions. Make no mistake: This drives some Christian radio listeners crazy.
But it bugged people when Jesus did it, too. He’s the best teacher, ever, so I’m going with it.
8. Not every conversation will be Spiritual™.
Yes, I”ll talk of “shoes, ships, cabbages, and kings.” Not just topics for daily devotionals.
This is because this is how we actually talk. I’m an actual human, and I don’t want to suddenly turn into Super Spiritual Man when the “on-air” light is on. I live in the world of TV and Jiffy Lube and dogs and neighbors and work pressure and traffic and macaroni and cheese and sunburns and NFL games and gum on our shoes, just like you do.
What’s more, I don’t draw a hard line between “sacred” and “secular”, or “churchy” and “the real world”, or “Godly” and “mundane”. I think God owns everything. It’s all His, and He wants it all back. If you believe all conversations must be overtly church-centered, by your definition, or they are simply rubbish, we disagree with you. We think God not only has a sense of humor, He delights in it, and the detail of our lives. Our lives aren’t mundane, really, they’re filled with meaning, and surprising joy, by our Creator.
He loves our uniqueness. He loves our laughter, loves our strangeness, the ups and downs, the whole thing. He loves US.
9. We are honored that you listen. We’re honored that anyone listens.
When a single 10 year-old says she listens to me “every day!” – I’m honored beyond words, and thank God for connecting me to her life. She’s as important as any artist we play, any “celebrity” we interview, and certainly as important as I am.
I thank God for every person who listens. To think he allows US to play a role in your life? Amazing.
10. As serious as I can be, I want this show to be joyful.
“Seriously joyful”, maybe. Bob Dylan said heaven will sound like “echoes of laughter”, and I think he”s on to something, there. We know you’re busy, we know it’s just a radio show, and we know it won’t last forever. People move, jobs change, radio stations come and go. Ultimately, we have lasting hope only in Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.
My wife used to have a t-shirt with a message I liked a lot, and I hope it captures the heart of the show.
Life is hard. God is good. Let’s dance.
Let’s learn a little bit about the New Shine.FM Morning guy, Kurt Wallace. Kurt was born in East St. Louis, Illinois in 19_ _. (We’re not really sure what year he was born. His official birth certificate was destroyed in the Great St. Clair County Courthouse fire. We can tell you this much, he remembers way too many 60’s songs! Way too many!) Kurt has a twin sister who is 3 minutes older than he is. Her name is Kay and she owns a media advertising agency. (Oh, Kurt is still asked if he and his sister are “identical twins,” which would mean his sister would be one “un-attractive” woman! So, thankfully, they are not! ) Kurt knew from an early age he wanted to be in radio. Growing up in the St. Louis area, he was a huge Cardinal fan. He would call a local sports show every Saturday morning, just to hear himself on the air. Unfortunately for the radio show hosts, Kurt was often the “only” caller into the show. (How many times can you ask the same question, “Uh, how do you think the Cardinals will do this year?” )
Kurt met his wife, Amy, in Jr. High School at the church their families both attended. Amy fondly remembers being able to beat Kurt in arm wrestling! (She claims to owned that ability until Kurt was a Sophomore in high school, when his growth spurt finally kicked in! Kurt does not agree! ) Mr. Wallace was his high school’s student council class president and played baseball and soccer. Not known as an academic wiz, Kurt often talked his way into passing grades. (Go figure!) Kurt attended Greenville College in Greenville, IL where he really caught the radio bug on the campus radio station. He and his roommate had a weeknight show from 10 to midnight. It was pretty big stuff! (The grand prize for the year for listening to their show was a candy bar and soda from the school snack bar! Yep, pretty big stuff!) Kurt married his wife in 1987 and 4 little ones soon followed. Jessika, Emily, Evan and Kimberly. The Wallace’s also run a zoo! It features 3 dogs. A toy poodle, a Chihuahua, and a black lab! (Kurt claims the lab, but the other dogs, or like he says, RODENTS, are his wife’s!)
You can hear Kurt every weekday morning with his friends Rob and Lisa, and find Kurt on Facebook and Twitter too!
Brant Hansen is a toast-obsessed nerd who, when in high school, was no less than PRESIDENT of the Illinois Student Librarians Association. He was also All-Conference in “Scholastic Bowl”, and lettered in basketball and football (both for keeping statistics) and was President of his own Stamp Collection Club, which consisted of himself.
He’s also an “Aspie” – diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as an adult. And he’s happy about it.
Brant works full-time for CURE International, a network of hospitals serving the poor around the world. He’s also a radio host. In his spare time, he walks his three-legged dog, Nigel, while looking inappropriately intense. He can’t help it.
Brant is also a husband and dad, and he’s won multiple awards for his radio skills and is typing all of this himself, and putting it in third-person in hopes that it seems more impressive that way.
Sherri Lynn has been a radio professional for well over a decade. She has her degree in Communications as well as Biblical Studies.
Sherri Lynn began her career as a weekend host at a Mortensen Broadcasting radio station in Pittsburgh. From there she became the morning show host at Pittsburgh’s number one gospel music station WGBN-AM 1150 and also gained popularity as afternoon host on Salem’s 101.5 WORD-FM. From there she has had hosting stints on both the Rejoice! Musical Soulfood Network and the Sheridan Gospel Network (SGN The Light).
Sherri is a well accomplished comedienne, former youth pastor and currently is a producer/co-host for the nationally syndicated Brant Hansen Show.