Often you’ll hear of 2nd or 3rd generation preachers, missionaries or doctors but you’ve probably have never heard of a 2nd generation radio announcer…until now. My Dad was an engineer and on air announcer when I was born in Jacksonville, Florida. I don’t know that it had any impact on my interest in the campus radio station when I went to college at East Carolina University in Greenville. It was probably my lack of interest in any other field of study.
After college I was involved in “secular” radio until God got a hold of my heart in 1977. Before the year was out and through some miraculous events, I found myself in Raleigh beginning a “new life” in radio at WPJL. In fact, I was in the studios to see in the new year on January 1, 1978 when the radio station changed their call letters from the old WRNC to the new WPJL which stood for We Proclaim Jesus Lord. I remain at WPJL for almost 15 years.
It was during the 1980’s God would tug at my heart every time my wife and I would come down to the beach. Everytime we were in Wilmington, I would always search for a Christian radio station to listen to and during that time there were none. Again through a series of miraculous events, God opened the door for us to buy 1490 AM, which was off the air at the time, and bring a contemporary Christian music and teaching station to the Wilmington area.
A few years later, in 1995, we were able to buy and build 90.5 FM with the help of some special community leaders who loved the Lord as well as our listeners. Other stations followed over the years and it has been an interesting and fast paced journey ever since we first went on the air in 1993. We are continually amazed by God’s goodness, blessings and favor. And it’s exciting to serve the best people in the world in one of God’s most beautiful places in the world!
Craig Thomas has been a fixture on Wilmington radio and TV since 1989. He is Wilmington’s most prolific radio morning host. Craig began entertaining morning listeners with WGNI for 19 years and then Sunrise Broadcasting for 4 years before finally joining Carolina Christian Radio on LIFE 90.5 in 2013. “It's been a long time dream to work in Christian Radio where I can more openly express my faith,” Thomas said. “I'm glad my path has finally led me to Life 90.5 FM where I have long admired what Carolina Christian Radio has accomplished. I hope I can use my experience, as a Christian who worked in the secular job world, to encourage others.”
Dan’s Christian Radio career began as a senior in college, at a time when he and others were praying specifically for the Lord’s will and direction for his life. It was in that period, as Dan was listening to the only Christian radio station on the dial (a 100,000 watt Southern Gospel FM), when, as he puts it “The Lord spoke to me and said ‘You like that station don’t you?’” Dan thought about his response and answered “Yes, Lord, I do… because it’s about You.” It was then that the “still small voice” said “I want you to work there.” And, Dan has been involved in Christian radio ever since!
After 8 months at “Gospel One” WHKY-FM in Hickory, Dan moved onto seminary where he earned, in 1981, a Masters of Divinity Degree, with Biblical Languages, from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in WakeForest, North Carolina. For the next 17 years or so Dan worked in Christian ministry and WPJL-AM in Raleigh, along with Jim Stephens, Matt Wall, Eddie Thomas, and others.
When Jim began praying for and moving toward Christian Radio ministry in Wilmington, Dan volunteered to help Jim establish a work in Greater Southeastern NC. Dan recalls telling Jim, in essence, “The Lord always sent His disciples out two by two. You need some help with this and I’m ready if you’re willing.”
“The Lord has done great things in our midst through the years” Dan recalls. “Even the meeting of our needs for daily bread is a testament to the Lord’s faithfulness. Our goal is to establish and maintain a godly Christian radio presence here, airing only the best, and serving the local body of Christ.”
Jeff’s radio career began when he was just 15 years of age. While in high school he landed a part-time job at WZOO (710 AM) in Asheboro. After graduation, he moved to WBBB (920 AM) and WPCM (101.1 FM) in Burlington. It was while in Burlington that Jeff gave his heart to Christ. Still, while working in radio, he started to look for volunteer opportunities for using his gifts in ministry. A door soon opened for him to work with a non-denominational youth organization, Kids in Christ. Later, God called him into the ministry. Although he was able to keep his hands in broadcasting, he walked away from a full-time career in radio, at the age of 24, to pursue his ministry passion.
In 1998 Jeff sensed God leading him down a new path – as a church planter. In 1999 he and his family relocated to Wilmington to launch North Pointe Community Church. In the early stages of the church’s development, he found himself serving as a bi-vocational pastor. So, resorting back to his radio career, he was given the opportunity to work on-air with Jammin’ 99.9 FM from 2000-2006.
In 2006, because of the church’s growth and development, Jeff moved back into the full-time pastorate at North Pointe. Just three years later, along with his pastoral duties, he was given the opportunity to join the Carolina Christian Radio staff. Since 2009, he has been the host of afternoon drive (3-7 PM) on LIFE 90.5 FM.
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.
Brant spends his free time looking inappropriately intense. He can’t help it.
He’s also a husband and dad, and he’s won multiple awards for his radio hosting skills and is typing all of this himself, and putting it in third-person in hopes that it seems more impressive that way, almost like he’s so important that other people type his “about” page. But he’s not.
Brant is a Christian with a distaste for religion. He’s under the impression there was no religion in Eden, and there won’t be any in Heaven, either. Thank God.
Politically, he’s pro-life, pro-science, and is allergic to political elitism, which means he’s waaay out of step with the reigning American monoculture.