At its core, a television station runs on people – especially a small, local, Christian television station like ours. We rely on “our people” to keep our station signal going at all hours, to keep our content fresh and relevant, to keep our programs running on schedule, and to support the community with our work. But do you know who else we rely on? That’s right. It’s you! Without you, we wouldn’t be here. Without your support – spiritually, physically, and financially – we couldn’t broadcast quality Christian programming across middle Tennessee every day. Our station is only as good as the people that make it, manage it, and watch it, and that’s just one of the reasons we love people.
There’s another, more important reason why we love people, and that reason is in Mark 12:28-31:
One of the scribes came up and heard [people] disputing with one another, and seeing that [Jesus] answered them well, the scribe asked Jesus,, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
With love for our neighbors in mind, we wanted to launch Set Lights today by making a few introductions, one neighbor to another. There’s no better way to learn to love your neighbors than by getting to know them. In this blog, you’ll meet the crew of WHTN and learn a little bit about each one of us. Then we want to learn about you!
MEET MONICA, STATION MANAGER & HOST OF BRIDGES
How long have you worked at WHTN? I have worked at WHTN for 19 years.
What do you do at WHTN? I lead the team at WHTN in fulfilling God’s plan for Christian television in our community.
What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is leading the station in making Christian programming that makes a difference in our community.
What’s one unique thing about you, separate from work? I love diet lemonade from Chick-fil-A!
What do you want to be when you grow up? I decided a long time ago that being “grown-up” was seriously overrated! With that in mind, I decided to pass on growing up!
MEET RYAN, STATION ENGINEER & PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBER
How long have you worked at WHTN? Two years.
What do you do at WHTN? I am the station engineer, so I maintain and operate the systems that play all of our scheduled programming on the air. I have this Staples “Easy” button in my office, but it doesn’t work for engineering! I encode, record, route, and play all of the different kinds of video that we get. I also work on the production team: editing programs, color correcting, operating cameras, and developing motion graphics templates.
What do you love about WHTN? I love the part where you see the finished product (either an edited TV program or a play list on the air) and it all flows together seamlessly, with myriad elements all synchronized and coordinated.
What’s one unique thing about you, separate from work? One of my favorite pastimes is listening to Disney musicals and Broadway show tunes. If I’m with my wife, I sing them really loudly and embarrass her.
If you had to spend one hour a day for the rest of your life doing something, what would that something be? Definitely things I need to do on a daily basis, quiet time with God and the Word, investing in my marriage, et cetera. My wacky side wants to say learning gymnastics or practicing accordion (which I used to play regularly).
MEET RACHEL, STATION CREATIVE DIRECTOR
How long have you worked at WHTN? Three years.
What do you do at WHTN? I oversee production. I help direct, shoot, produce, and edit shows. I also do on-location interviews for Bridges and other programs.
What do you love about WHTN? CTN is a pure ministry. All donated money goes to sending the message of Jesus Christ out to the world. I believe WHTN makes a real difference by letting people know they are unconditionally loved by the Creator of the Universe.
What’s one unique thing about you? I am addicted to sour candy!
What’s your favorite pastime? I enjoy riding my bike, hiking, making visual art, watching indie movies, and listening to music.
MEET DERRICK, STATION PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBER
How long have you worked at WHTN? I have worked here since February 2014, so about a year and four months.
What do you do at WHTN? I do a variety of tasks at WHTN each day, including editing shows and promos, designing graphics, operating cameras during tapings, updating our website and Facebook, and other little tasks that fill in the gaps that come up each day.
What do you love about WHTN? I love knowing that where I work is directly making a difference for Christ in our community over the airwaves. Seeing the fruit of that is very satisfying.
What’s one unique thing about you? I love to eat. This world has so many good flavors to explore, and for that, I give God all the glory! Yay for diversity!
What fascinates you? What fascinates me is that I am alive! How did God think up all of this stuff in what we call the universe? God is pretty awesome in all of His ways, though I’ll never fully understand them. But that’s okay! I’ll keep enjoying all of the wondrous and marvelous things that life brings.
MEET ALEX, STATION PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBER
How long have you worked at WHTN? I have worked here for about 9 months, since September 2014.
What do you do at WHTN? It varies day to day, but my main tasks are editing various shows, making graphics and holiday animations, filming our shows in the studio and packages on location, and making a couple of daily show playlists.
What do you love about your job? I really like my co-workers. We’re like a family. I also really like how diverse my job is. One day I could be editing, then the next I could be filming on a red carpet for an awards show.
What’s one unique thing about you? I produce electronic music as a hobby of sorts. I also grew a full and fairly epic beard a few months ago for the first time in my life. I like it far more than I thought I would.
What’s your ideal lunch? I quite enjoy a good ol’ sandwich, but I’d say my ideal lunch is pizza. Then again, there’s never a bad time for pizza.
MEET ALLISON, STATION TRAFFIC & OFFICE MANAGER
How long have you worked at WHTN? Six months and counting!
What do you do at WHTN on a daily basis? In addition to answering phones, I schedule the station’s daily television traffic, which consists of programs, TV specials, spots, and commercials. I also handle administrative tasks, like bills, invoices, and ordering supplies. Finally, I cover the WHTN and Faith Film Fest Twitter feeds.
What do you love about WHTN? For the station to operate at its best, we all have to collaborate, from the manager to the engineer to the production team. But we also have to work on our own a lot of the time when we’re editing programs, researching marketing strategies, or doing little projects. So I love that we can be together at work – but we can also be separate at work. And every member of the team is really good at doing both.
What’s one unique thing about you? I have a one-eyed dog named Malley who daily reminds me of what it’s like to love selflessly, to wait patiently, and to exhibit joie de vivre no matter what.
What is your favorite cute Internet video? That’s a tough one, but I love watching Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund, no matter what he’s doing!
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
All right, now that we’ve bared our souls and our lunch preferences, it’s time for us to hit the studio. Check back with us in September for the next edition of Set Lights!