Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Tom Roe was booked to lead worship at Southport Church in Southampton on the weekend.  On behalf of LIFE 100.3, I gave the morning message.

Knowing about the bike paths along Lake Huron, we took our bikes along for an afternoon ride.

Worship was solid. Tom led the congregation through a set of familiar songs and a couple of new original praise songs he wrote, including "I Will Give You Praise", which is catchy enough to singalong with after one listen.

Pastor David Baker was super hospitable - hoping for a return show this summer.

After our roadie Andrew Haverson packed us up, we got a late check-out from our hotel.

 After a quick bite at Mary Browns, we took our bikes to the paved path on the south end of the route in Port Elgin. The path is only about 5k, so we continued down the streets until we landed in Southampton.

Tom's "go to" food is ice cream. Anywhere, anytime. Always midway through a bike ride!

We stopped for ice cream, and to pick up bandanas to block the cold wind.

And we saw some interesting sights along the way!

Music, biking, ice cream! What a weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Remember the expression "stop and smell the roses?"  It means we need to take time out of our busy schedule to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of life. 

This is easier for me to do at this stage in my life. My business is established. My career is built - I'm not trying to climb the ladder of success. I'm an empty nester. My schedule is crammed with stuff.

Some of my friends are so busy being busy that they don't have time to stop and smell the roses. More so, life is controlling them, not them controlling their busy lives.

I've noticed some people with kids are controlled by their kids. They don't go to movies, or hang out with friends because they "have kids".  It looks to me like their kids are running the show.  (Now, I'm not thinking of anyone in particular so don't think I'm trying to speak to you, specifically, through this blog.)

Other people are so used to being in a routine that they don't venture out of the house. No dates with their spouse, no going to the theatre, or a party, or a concert - they just stay home. It's just easier to stay home, in a boring routine, than doing something. No exercise - just lame TV shows washing over them on the couch.

I hear "We can't get a baby-sitter". Maybe your circle of friends is small?  Maybe, (I'm shouting) because you don't go out of the house and meet people!

To each his own. Maybe staying home brings you joy, in some bizarre, sedimentary kind of way.

I'm in a very fortunate position to be at the top of the food chain in my business - I get to run the show. I have a great staff (that I hired) and a house that's paid for.  Ya, and my kids have a great family, and like Janice and I, God is first in the lives of our kids.

Smart people I met told me when I was younger, to burn. I worked bloody hard, learned lots, met smart people and built a life and career so that at this stage in my life, I don't have to work so hard. I have time to stop and smell the roses.

The roses for me are sometimes social, but mostly meditative.

It's being thankful for the life I have.  Call it luck, or hard work - either. Maybe both. But I'm grateful that I take time to take it all in, like inhaling a huge lung of appreciation.

My message is this: get a babysitter. Go out. Enjoy the life you've built. Get off the treadmill of being busy. You're only busy because you've made it like that.

Friday, April 6, 2018


 As the guy on the radio, once a week anyway, me and my listeners used to have a one-way relationship. I talk, they listen.  But that's changed a bit with social media. I've met many people who have messaged me online and in some cases become we've more than virtual friends. Because of social media, you can now have a relationship with public people.

Here are a few questions, I'm commonly asked.

What was your first job?
I worked at Sam The Record Man in Toronto for five years.  It was the second location after the downtown Yonge Street location - at Towne And Country Square in North York.

What was your first radio job?
I worked part-time for two summers at CHEX in Peterborough, in the studio, but not on air.  My first on-air job was at CKLC in Kingston.

Why Christian music?
My answer is the same as everyone's - it's the lyrics. They remind me of my faith. They remind me of the guy God wants me to be. It re-focuses me when I get distracted.

What do you do when you're not doing radio?
I manage two national recording artists - Luke Langman - a pop/worship artist; and Tom Roe - a country/gospel artist. I also play percussion in Tom's band.

What's something most people don't know about you?
I did professional modelling a few years ago through the Orange Modelling Agency, but the work was sparse for my age group. I learned a lot of visual stuff that I've been able to transfer to LIFE.

CKLC Kingston, about 1983.
Do you miss secular radio?
No. Maybe because I'm still active with a pre-recorded weekly show on CJAI near Kingston where I manage to weave in a few Christian tunes between Supertramp and Alice Cooper.

You wrote a book?
Ya, it's called "Herding Kittens". It's my story of my journey with the Christian rock band Anthem For Today.  We did nearly 150 shows together. I have fabulous memories, an award, videos, number one songs and a tattoo.  I also wrote "Good To Great - The Christian Radio Version". I was written to motivate and teach new radio people how to do radio.

Are you a gym rat?
No, I just work out a lot.

Is there something you'd like to see?
Ya, I'd like to walk across the crosswalk at Abbey Road.

Is there someone in Christian music you'd like to meet?
I've met just about everyone. The one who I never got to meet is Keith Green. That would have been great.

Thanks for asking!

Friday, March 23, 2018


I love Sharathon!  None of us at LIFE are working our usual jobs - we're all focused on Sharathon and  our special visitors.

  • Visitors - volunteers on shifts to take pledges at phone central.
  • Artists - performing live in the studio
  • Pastors - offering encouragement and challenges
  • Listeners - on tour, dropping off donations.

Behind the scenes - here's what we do:

The actual planning committee begins in November with weekly meetings. Our core staff have done this many times so, while it is very detailed, it tends to run with a bullet-proof checklist. This year we had four new employees, experiencing their first Sharathon.

  1. Volunteers - the only time of the year we bring in outside unpaid help.
  2. Bookkeeping - keeping all the money organized, during Sharathon and follow-up
  3. Promotions - keeping facebook fresh, updating the totals
  4. Production - listener testimony, artist greetings and all the features you hear between the songs
  5. FOH - our front of house engineer, mixing the live performances
  6. Hospitality - welcoming guests, feeding them, keeping them coralled
  7. Video - recording guest greetings and producing
  8. Programming - overseeing all on-air shifts and elements
  9. Ministry Relations - booking Pastor's for specific shifts
  10. Artist Relations - booking artists for their performances
  11. Runner - keeping the pledge cards moving from one place to the next
  12. IT - Computer Elite, on location and on stand-by to keep phone central fully operational
  13. Street Team - helping decorate, answer phones, sell merch, meet & greet
  14. Food Coordinator - managing snacks, meals and healthy stuff so we don't have to leave 
  15. After Party - when all is said and done, we have a staff party nearby, but not too late  

Now, the best of photo collection

Me, watching the new totals being posted at the end of Sharathon

The After Party - at Todd Gale's house.

Allen Schenk, principal of Unity Christian High School in Barrie

The finale - everyone. L-R - Jake Stanley (Part-time DJ), Steve Bradley (morning co-host), Mike Poirier (morning news)
Steve Jones (Operations Manager), Deborah Pinder (Street Team), Crystal Martin (Promotions Manager)
Janice Baird (Bookkeeper), Andrew Haverson (Runner), Scott Jackson (Founder), Todd Gale (Morning Personality), Marliene Cathline (Receptionist), Cody Marshall (Part-time DJ) Terry Molinaro (evening personality),
Nathasha Drummond  (Production Manager) and Marilyn Bryson (Receptionist).

Me with Brooke Nicholls and Steve Lensink

Steve and Brooke looking at Air Raid memories.

David Mann, Pastor Rick Buck from Emmanuel Barrie and Steve Jones.

Steve Jones and Crystal Martin

A bunch of us with Pastor Jenn Wager from Barrie Free Methodist Church
Matthew Fox with Bob Hawkins and Ron Hill

Sky Terminal lead singer Marcel Preston with Steve Jones.

Steve Jones and me.

Phone Central volunteers

Me, Steve and Todd.

Todd Dugard lead pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel, and me.

me, with the Tom Roe Orchestra.

Paul Turner from Emmanuel Barrie and Steve Jones.

Saturday, February 3, 2018


People aren't very nice - at least on Facebook.

I find that odd because everyone's profile is visible. We know who they are and quite likely those people are my real life friends. They wouldn't speak unkindly to my face but on Facebook, people post as if they are anonymous. They think their opinion is categorically the only way. That's my interpretation.

In the last two years, people have become offended ... at everything.

They don't like hearing an opinion that differs from their's and so they post their opinion, as if they are trying to win an argument. I'll admit, on some topics, they might be correct - but their choice of wording actually makes them arrogant.

When I post my opinion, I've read replies like, "I used to think like you, but..."  I guess I have a lot to learn before I can be like them.

The arrogance on Facebook bothers me, alot. Why? Because I don't think it's a becoming quality of Jesus followers.  My respect for those friends has dropped and now, I actually find them unlikable. The arrogant people don't know they're arrogant and they sure don't want to be corrected.

I have two suggestions. And, hopefully, I'm not being arrogant! Haha!

I love and believe very much that we need to cling to the Bible verse in Philippians 4:5 - "Let your gentleness be evident to all." It's a simple line and each word carries weight.
  • Let - It's like allowing. We have a choice to "let" or not.
  • Gentleness - the key word. Like, kindness.
  • Evident - so that people see it. It's noticeable.
  • To all - everyone. The people who don't like and those you do like.
My second suggestion comes from a radio DJ friend who doesn't claim to be a Christian but his words are just as clear. Years ago, Tarzan Dan and I were talking about our careers, which had both stalled at the time. And he said to me, "be nice. Just be nice to everyone."

Tarzan Dan's quote doesn't need an explanation. If we were all nice to each other on Facebook, our newsfeeds would be a bit brighter. Facebook wouldn't be a warzone between friends. Maybe, people would get along.

Me, I have one criteria I try to remember before I post something publicly. I ask myself, what will my family think, and what would (name of respected friend) think when they see my post? Will they roll their eyes and I'll lose their respect or will they applaud me?

The next time you respond to a post, wait. Just a few seconds and ask yourself - am I being nice?  Am I gentle? Or, am I an arrogant jerk.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Laugh all you like - these are my wishes. They are all beyond any reasonable miracle, which is why I call them a wish.  I have no expectations of any of these to happen.

So, just for fun, here are my TOP 10 wishes! 
  1. At LIFE 100.3, I wish we could book an Air Raid artist, without going through weeks and months of delays, such as "the band isn't sure", "the band is breaking up", "the band is going to wait and see."  Just once, if we could book a band, sign the contract, and actually count on the band to not change their minds?!
  2. I want to meet Mick Jagger. I just need a "Hi Scott", or a hand shake. That's it. I'm not fussy.  And although I have many industry contacts, I don't have any that connect to my rock and roll hero.
  3. I wish I could be given a tour of the Rolling Stones stage, the morning of a show, by the Stage Manager. I just like to know stage secrets, like where are Keith's guitar pedals? And exactly what is on the table behind the drum kit? And, how many people are on security staff at a show?
  4. I want to meet Sylvester Stallone. He's iconic. He's lost his fortune and got it back. I just wish I could say "hi" - and see how tall or short he really is.
  5. I wish LIFE 100.3 could have a New Year's Eve Dance Party with balloons and confetti and a band and....a dance, without the backlash of "it's a dance and a Christian radio station can't do that."  
  6. I want to go back on the air. Every day. Two hours a day. (My depression makes me unreliable,. I wish I could, but I can't.)
  7. I wish I was 169 pounds, again. Strictly for vanity reasons.
  8. I wish that all my dogs would live to the age of 20 or more. I don't have enough tears for anything shorter.
  9. I wish everyone in Barrie had a bed. It's terrible that people don't have a place to sleep. I'm doing my part to correct it, but I can't fix it all.
  10. I have several minor health ailments and I can live with them all EXCEPT the Restless Leg Syndrome. It's really annoying and I know it annoys the people I'm with. I wish it would go away.
There you have it - my 2017 Wish List, with no expectations that any will actually happen. But that's ok, because I've been blessed with many other amazing situations, events, gifts, jobs, pets and a few good people in my life.

Happy new year.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 - A Year in Pictures

Here are a few highlights of 2017. I am very lucky, blessed, whatever you want to call it. I have a good life with many activities, with many people, in many various locations. I know I'm lucky. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't feel grateful.

It would appear that music is a huge part of my life, as you will see.

One of the two artists I manage is Luke Langman from Elmvale. I encouraged Luke
to get back in the studio and record new songs. Here he is recording "Bridges" which
was nominated for Song Of The Year at the 2018 Covenant Awards.

February - San Juan

Jason and me - arriving home after his 20 months in jail. Visited him every week
in Penetang and drove to Kingston 8 times to encourage him. Matthew 25:36.
Thanks to Facebook, I was able to locate and visit Jackie Smith. Jackie was the singer in
Little Sister - my first band. I started managing them in Kingston. It was a good foundation
 for the artist management job I developed again in 2012.

Me and Debbie Feeley met up in Kingston. Great to reconnect with the lead singer of
Stagger - the second band I managed while living in Kingston, about 1984.

LIFE 100.3's nearly annual "Heart of Worship" concert series, this time held in
Orillia - Luke Langman whom I manage is on the left.

Air Raid 26 - Rapture Rukus at HiWay Church in Barrie.

After the Breakfast Club came to a close with the departure of Tim Maassarany, we debuted
The Get Up And Go Show by hiring Steve Bradley to co-host with Todd Gale

LIFE 100.3 staff Bootcamp at Elim Lodge with Brant Hansen. Training and lots of
radio stories.
Spending some time in the "SJ Home Gym and Athletic Centre". It's something to do."
I also started skipping.

Studio recording of "Let It Go" - the first single by All Rescued Children.
Jared Groenewegen laying down vocals. The song was played nationally across
Canada. "Take A Step With Me" followed, and reached number one.

All Rescued Children - the band I managed from April through December when
the singer chose to "go in a  new direction".

My wife Janice got into public speaking this year with her story of growing up
in Toronto, our life together and some other stuff that makes her cry.
When Anthem For Today liquidated their stage gear, I was able to snag
the stage carpet. It reminds me of 150 amazing shows together, the songs that
were sung and the messages shared - all on this carpet.
Me and Janice - i love this pic.

Jerry Lee Lewis in NYC - his 82 birthday. Highlight of the year!
While in New York, me and Mike hanging out on the Bowery at John Varvatos Men's Clothing
store, my favourite store for funky fashions, which also happens to be the same venue once used as the premiere
punk club in NYC - CBGB.

While in NYC, we attended a concert by 3 Dog Night.

NYC - Mike and me walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

NYC - the New World Trade Centre Building - 102 stories.
New York City - meeting Carlos Montanez and Broadway Bill Lee

Playing cajon at Living For Jesus

My 60th birthday - with Ian Eskelin and Dave Clo. 

The only thing better than hearing your favourite song on the radio, is being in the band for a day.
"Thank You Goodnight" - All Star United - on my patio for my birthday.

Biking in Ottawa. I go once a year to ride along the Rideau bike path, hang out
at Hog's Back and let my brain buffer.

Many rides with Tom Roe, another artist I manage. Tom plays Country Gospel music.
I never thought I would be a fan of this style, let alone be Tom's percussionist!
Biking with Janice.

I conceptualized the gathering of Canadian singers all singing O Canada
and releasing it to Christian radio. The song was nominated for a Covenant
Award for Artist Collaboration Of The Year. (front row is Luke Langman, whom I have
managed since 2014.)

Lulu - "To Sir With Love" in Gravenhurst - seats were ringside. One special song
that tugs on my heart.

Still on the radio. Still lovin' it. The Retro Show on LIFE 100.3
Saturday mornings and Amherst Island Radio 92.1 Tuesday
nights at 9pm.