Rise Up w/ Steve, Terese and Tim

A native of the Keystone State, Steve spent his younger years in suburban Philadelphia. Leaving home for the first time, Steve went off to college and graduated with a degree in Communications from Ohio University. His first job out of college was with WCLT in Newark, Ohio, where he worked as an account executive and did play-by-play announcing for high school games.

Steve’s radio career has taken him to Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, where he spent 19 years as a morning show host in Tulsa with former AC station KBEZ 92.9FM, now BOB-FM. Once in Oklahoma, Steve’s life changed in many ways. For one, he turned life over to Christ on January 15, 1988—his very first day in Tulsa. That’s a pretty important change!

Later on, Steve reconnected with his 8th grade sweetheart, Audrey. Imagine dating your 8th grade sweetheart again in your early thirties. God willing, it worked, and Steve and Audrey married in June of 1989. They have two children—Laura and Will. (yes… Will Smith).

Steve has been with Family Life since July 2011. He and his wife, Audrey (Audrey’s Desserts First on Nick Picks), love working under the same roof together. A few of Steve’s favorite things are: his family, his Philadelphia sports teams, and most of all—his God.

God wastes nothing. So never take a chance meeting as mere coincidence! Terese met Family Life President Rick Snavely backstage at a concert one night and didn’t think very much of it. As time went on, her heart softened to the possibility of joining the ministry. The Lord increased that desire to the point where she could think of nothing she wanted to do more!

You can hear Terese as co-host of Family Life Mornings and host of Family Life mid-days as she shares an encouraging mix of music, programming and fun.

Before joining Family Life, Terese spent nine years on the air at WARM 101.3 in Rochester, NY, where she was Program Director. Her voice is also heard on Christian radio stations in Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Kansas, Indiana and Delaware. Having grown up in Dryden, NY, attended Ithaca College and then moved to Rochester, Terese has spent her whole life in the Family Life listening area. She’s come to appreciate the beauty and wonder of this part of the country.

Terese accepted Jesus as her savior during High School, but walked away from Him during her 20’s. During that time, she met and married Scott, never having talked about her faith. A few years later, the topic came up and both shared the stories of their salvation, and started attending church, as they put Christ as the forefront of their lives. How good God is to have saved these two for each other! They are blessed with daughters Emily and Ashley.

Tim can’t recall a time when he wasn’t trying to communicate something creatively. As a child, he and his brothers recorded their own “radio show” to cassette tapes, voicing their own goofy personalities and splicing in audio snippets of their favorite movie characters to create humorous “interviews.” In high-school, Tim discovered a passion for digital sound by creating EDM (Electronic Dance Music – think “Blue” by Eiffel 65 or “Sandstorm” by Darude).

It was this love that led him to pursue a degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media with an Audio focus at Cedarville University. While in the program, Tim’s interest in radio as a medium for creative communication grew strong. As a lifelong listener of Family Life, Tim excitedly secured an internship in radio production at the station, which he says “confirmed his love for audio production in Christian radio.” After graduating from Cedarville, Tim accepted the title of radio production assistant at Family Life where he daily exercises his passion for audio production in ways that spread the good news of Christ.

Tim and his wife, Trinity, enjoy the simple things in life most: fellowship with family and friends, playing with their Australian Shepherd, and philosophical discussions about Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the Dark Side and Peter Parker’s moral obligations as Spiderman.

Middays w/ Randy and Mel

Before coming to Family Life, Randy worked in Kansas City with Youth for Christ. He spent six years there – a very exciting and rewarding time since many lives were changed by Christ. Randy was eventually led to Family Life by God’s hand in his life. It’s an exciting story too long to write out here. So if you see Randy, grab a seat and ask him about it.

Golf is near the top of Randy’s fun-things-to-do list. He also plays fantasy baseball, enjoys watching his kids compete in school sports, speaks at churches and other events, and loves spending time with his family. Adam, Drew, Luke and Olivia are all into soccer and swimming. Randy’s wife, Kristina, and the rest of the family live in Bath, NY.

Melanie originally hails from sunny California. She grew up the baby of 8 kids, so she learned early on in life how to perform to gain attention! In high school and college, she used that talent to win roles in theater productions, one of her favorites being Dolly, in “Hello Dolly!”

Melanie grew up going to church, but it wasn’t until she was 19-years-old that she recognized her need for Christ and that her “goodness” wasn’t enough to gain salvation. She had never really read the Bible before, though, one always sat on her shelf. When she opened it up, it was as if all the pieces of a jumbled puzzle came together and a beautiful picture of Jesus’ sacrifice for her was staring at her from the pages.

Melanie obtained her degree in Special Education and spent the bulk of her career working with people with special needs. However, she took a 10-year hiatus when she and her husband started a family. Over the past few years, Melanie has been working as a behavior mentor for teens with autism.

Melanie is happy to work alongside her handsome husband, Rodney Coe, as his administrative assistant in performing arts. In addition to her job at Family Life, Melanie has three adorable children – Selah, Judah, and Roman – that keep her busy

Afternoons w/ Gary Thompson

 

In a man’s heart, he plans his way. But the lord determines his steps ~Proverbs 16:9

Gary Thompson had big dreams of being on the radio since he was a kid. He achieved that dream in his teens. But the Lord had bigger plans than just satisfying Gary’s need for attention. God wanted to use that path in life to Glorify the name of Jesus. After a couple of years on the radio, Gary met Christ through a local radio show. And from there on out, Gary’s path was set. Gary has been sharing Jesus on the radio for over 30 years now, as well as on stages across the country doing clean comedy. Gary and his family spend most of their time keeping their Labrador, Ned from chewing up the carpet & are thrilled to be a part of the Family Life team. Gary says “It’s a real honor to spend the day with you as a friend you can turn to. Thanks for letting me hang out everyday.”

The Family Hour w/ Natalie Stanfield

Natalie serves as Production Director for the ministry. She supervises an incredibly talented team of writers/audio producers, writes copy, produces recorded audio pieces to air on the network, directs the Kids Corner, and hosts the Family Hour.

She is also a single mother blessed with four young men and is grateful that God sees fit to use her for ministry purposes to other single moms.

Natalie’s love of writing and audio production lead her to be on the air as a DJ in order to allow her to do commercial work. Natalie spent over fourteen years in mainstream radio as a morning show and mid-day host, as well as Production Director. Natalie also received certification from the Radio Advertising Bureau as a Professional Commercial Copywriter.

She left mainstream radio after the birth of her youngest son in 1996. It was then she began using her talents solely for Christ, working for a small Christian station in Western Kentucky. That job lead to an audio production and on-air position at a national Christian radio network in Tupelo, MS before the Lord moved her and her sons here to Family Life in 2008.

In her spare time, Natalie also does voiceovers for commercial, industrial narration, e-learning, and the “on-hold” marketing world.

Evenings w/ Michelle Renew

Michelle grew up in Irmo, South Carolina, but spent every summer and most Christmas vacations with her grandmother, Mimi, in Covington, Louisiana. Raised in the South, she’s been known to enjoy a bowl of hot, steaming grits, sip some sweet tea, and let a “y’all” slip out every now and then.

Michelle has been married to her very patient husband for more than half her life. They have a daughter who made them happy grandparents a few years ago. Michelle says “I had to upgrade my phone to have more space to hold all the pictures of my grandson!”