I’ve been listening to a certain sports radio station in the DFW area for about six or seven years now.Â I guess you can really call it more ‘guy radio’ than ‘sports radio’.Â It’s sports and all that may apply.
There is one radio personality on that station that has always intriqued me.Â He comes from a very conservative Christian family, and even attended Liberty University.Â You know, the one Jerry Falwell founded.Â Yet he works in the public spot light at a place one couldÂ consider crude, a bit perverse, and a little crass.Â I’ve always admired how his gentle Christian witness and his ability to take a teasing about his faith from his fellow radio personalities.
I can rememberÂ several years back when he invited his producer, who happens to be agnostic, to join a church ice-hockey league.Â Both of them shared about their experience together on the radio, and it was really interesting hearing how a non-Christian perceived things.Â It was quite revealing.
As many of you know, I’m the director of a Bible Community (BC) at my church.Â I thought I would take a chance and ask this radio personality if he would like to speak to my BC.Â After emailing back and forth for several months, we finally set a date to meet with one of my pastors this week.
The meeting was a bit surreal.Â Here is a guy I’ve been listening to for entertainment purposes for the past six or seven years, and now I’m interacting with the guy that is only sitting a few feet away.Â It was like one of those dreams in which you are having a conversation with a character from your favorite TV show or something.Â It was just surreal; however, it was one of the most pleasant conversations I’ve ever had.
I was afraid he was going to feel pressured into meeting with us and think we were beating him down.Â But it turns out it was the complete opposite.Â He was not only upbeat speaking to us after getting off the air just 30 minutes prior, but he was thankful for us asking him to share about his faith.Â He just asked that heÂ wouldn’t have to give a speech, that we make it more of an interview format.Â I’m thinking it will be a little like James Lipton interviewing someone on Inside The Actors Studio.Â It will be neat to ask him if he ever felt that he was compromising his Christian faith when doing a live spot at Hooters, reading an advertisement for Miller Lite, or if there was ever anything he refused to do that the radio station may have asked.Â I’m really interested to know what the audience will ask him.Â This should be a really cool experience.