DJ Spotlights | David Mortenson

 

David Mortenson: Junior Broadcasting and Digital Media with an emphasis on radio and audio from Orange City, Iowa

Weather DJ: Airs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 7:30-12:30. He airs hourly on the half hour.

Favorite food? Properly cooked sirloin steak

Favorite color? It depends on my mood, but I really like a deep, dark purple or a dark aquamarine.

Favorite Resound song? Breathe by Johnny Diaz. I like it because it has a really relaxing chorus.

Favorite Bible verse? 1 Chronicles 17:16 – Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?”

How did you get involved with Resound? I started last year doing Production. I still do that for Resound and on my free time. This year, I wanted to try something new, so I picked up a weather break. For production, I do a lot of liners and promos for shows. I created the current weather liner, the promo for Your Story, the liners for the Music Man, and several others.

What else are you involved in on campus? I was in the Music Man here as a dancing teen, and I am in the pit orchestra for the Spring Musical (State Fair) for Cedar Cliff high school. I am in FilmGate as one of their main audio technicians and sound designer. I am also in Men’s Glee club, and I was in symphonic and pep band last year. I currently work with IT and am the Student Lead for User Services.

What are your hobbies? I like to sing, read, play violin and saxophone, listen to music, record/mix audio, and sleep.

Random fact about you? I am a speedcuber, and I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in under 13 seconds. I have been to a competition, where I placed around 15th of 90 cubers, and I have a collection of just over 70 puzzles. I have solved a Rubik’s cube in under 10 seconds multiple times.

Life goal? I want to work in the professional audio field, whether radio or film. I would love to work in a studio or on film sets and to leave an impact for Christ through that field.

Advice for Blog Readers? Always try something new, because you never know what could happen. I joined The Music Man, and it was something I had never done before, but it was really a lot of fun! Trying something new might change your career path, or it may just be fun for you. In the end, it is better to say that you attempted something, than to say you have never tried it but could have.

DJ Spotlights | Ben Bowden

Ben Bowden: Sophomore Early Education Major from West Liberty, Ohio

On-Air DJ weekly: Monday nights from 8-10pm

Talk show host for Full Court Press: Airs on Monday nights from 7-7:30 and 10-10:30pm…podcast goes up on resoundradio.com on Tuesday mornings!

Favorite food? Homemade tacos, I could eat them every single day! I also really like foreign food.

Favorite color? Oh that’s easy. I like the color green. Medium green, not that freaky light green.

Describe your on-air shifts: Full Court Press is a sports talk show with myself and two cohosts; Jamie Dodane and Josh Burris. We do a segment called “Behind the Sport” where we talk to student athletes or coaches involved in CU sports. This really brings the students and faculty together on the base of sports. During my DJ shift, I take the time to focus on a ‘verse of the week’. I try to find a verse that relates to events going on in our community, country, or school that would really encourage people.

How did you get involved with Resound? My freshman roommate’s brother was the operations director at Resound last year, and he texted me over Christmas break wanting to know if I would be willing to participate in a weekly sports cast. After a month of trying to convince me, I decided to give it a shot and contact Amy Radwanski, who got my information and then transitioned into a month or two of planning and practicing for Full Court Press. We went through a lot of adjusting and changing things up. Full Court Press just celebrated its one-year anniversary of being on the air about two weeks ago. For my DJ shift, this is my first full year being involved in a solo on-air time, so I am still learning a lot from that! It’s definitely a learning curve, but I love being able to share my stories of what I experience throughout the week, and connecting with the listeners.

What are your hobbies? I love to travel, and I have been on several mission trips. I have also recently gotten back into playing airsoft, which is really fun. My mom’s family has a farm, and I love going out and working on the farm as well.

What is your life goal? I want to leave this earth having made an impact. And I don’t mean an impact by my own standards, but an impact according to God’s standards. I want to leave an impact for Christ through Christ.

Random fact about you? While traveling with my family once, I was actually stopped by security and frisked. That was probably the weirdest thing that has ever happened to me!

Final thoughts? I do what I do for the love of it. I don’t do what I do for the money, but for the love. My major is not a financially glorifying one, and neither is radio. I enjoy both teaching young kids, and devoting some of my time to be on the radio. Both are really fun, and a great outlet to be able to reach people for the name of Christ. I want to be doing radio for as long as God wills!

Advice for readers/listeners? We need another host for our show, and it is so fun! If you have any interest in radio at all, definitely come check out Resound!

Story Behind Your Music | Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells

 

If you’ve been listening to Contemporary Christian Music over the last few years, you might remember Royal Tailor and their popular radio songs like “Hold Me Together”, “Make a Move”, and “Remain”. Even though Royal Tailor disbanded in 2015, former frontman Tauren Wells has been super busy creating new music as a solo artist.

You can hear his latest song “Hills and Valleys” on Resound Radio.

In a YouTube video, Tauren Wells explains the story behind “Hills and Valleys”. As he was sitting at the piano one day, a quote came to mind

“When you are on the mountaintops of life learn to bow low and when you’re in the valleys of life, learn to stand tall.”

Job from the Bible understood this better than anyone. He was on about the highest hill of his time. God had blessed him with ten children and thousands of livestock. He had good health, he was rich- everything was great. Then, Satan came to God to ask for permission to test Job. He wondered if Job would continue to worship a God who didn’t give him everything. Job was stripped of everything, yet remained faithful to God. In Job 1:21b (NKJV) he said, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Job never ceased to praise God in the good times and even in the darkest valleys, he still gave praise to God. Unfortunately, I don’t always have this mindset. When life is going easy, God tends to be far from my mind. I begin to think I can handle everything and don’t always rely on Him like I should. On the other hand, when hard times come I find it so easy to complain and question God. I either tend to only praise in the good or only realize my need for Him in the hard times.

When we let circumstances dictate our view of God, our relationship with Him is strained. The idea of bowing low in the hills and standing tall in the valleys is basically about having the same dedication to God regardless of our circumstances. God remains constant despite life’s changes and has promised to never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

These lines in the chorus really stuck out to me:

When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own;

When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone.

God is God no matter what. In our highs and lows, He remains the same. He gives us the high moments, but never leaves our side in the lows. God is all powerful and in control of everything. He’s the God of the hills and valleys.

Check out “Hills and Valleys” and other great new music on Resound Radio!

 

By: RaeAnn Jent

The Why Behind What You Do is Important

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Hayden’s Story

How the Lord works in different peoples’ lives is so important in the body of Christ. I believe that the differences I the Lord’s ways are beautiful. The silly, quirky parts of people show how God uses just so many different people and their skills to bring others to Him and show His glory.

The reason I mention quirks is because I got to spend the night recording with Hayden Bradley. If you don’t know him, you are really missing out on a solid guy. However, what stood out the most during this interview is how he constantly wanted the focus to be on the Lord and not on him. Anytime he would share about an aspect of his testimony there was a short mention about his life, but a longer dialogue on the Lord. Someday he is going to do an amazing job leading worship and making the Lord the focus of each time of worship.

However, that is not where he was all through his life. He had to learn how not to be so focused on the glory of Hayden himself, but to be captivated by the glory of God. This struggle is something that we all have and it all boils down to pride. It is so easy to think that pride is not something you personally struggle with, but that is the biggest lie that you are feeding yourself. Until you give that pride, or idol, up to God, you are going to be focused on yourself and your idol. However, whenever you give up your pride you can focus on glorifying the Lord with the gifts and uniqueness that He has blessed you with. Once you get that you can move onto the why and not the what.

“What you do does not matter. Why you do it does.”

Many times, we get caught up on how we look to others, which goes back to an issue of pride. However, when we let go of our pride we get to focus on why we do what we do. You realize that through focusing on the why, you learn why you are where you are. You remember that God has placed you in each season of life to learn something. Whether it is to be patient or move forward, the Lord is using your whys. So, check your heart and figure out

  1. Why you praise the Lord the way you do through the actions you do.

  2. Why you are where you are at this moment.

  3. How you can show God glory even more because that is why you are a Christian.

Your Own Personal Relationship

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Stuart’s Story

A common thread that I have started to notice is the importance of that initial turning point when someone comes to the Lord. When talking about the beginnings of someone’s faith, a lot of Christians think of the “Sinner’s Prayer” that is recited about 20 times just in case the last one did not actually do the trick. However, when thinking back over a lifetime, true Christians realize that it took something else for them to truly understand the importance of their decision to follow Christ. A relationship with God is meant to be so much more than just a recited prayer. When one’s faith is realized and fully lived out, it becomes so much more their own personal relationship, and you receive #blessingsonblessings.

Stuart shared truth on truth when it came to a relationship with the Lord. Many times, we allow the expectations from parents and friends to enforce our decision when it comes to our relationship with the Lord. However, we should be making this decision for our own reasons because we want to get to know the Lord and because we realize that we are NOTHING without Him. The moment we realize that He is greater than anything that life has to offer, everything in our life starts to change.

I think the best part of the conversation was during the #preach segment when he went in on the idea of unity. There is something that is so beautiful about the idea of unity to Christ and in Christ. You see, we will never ever be good enough on our own. However, as Christians, we get to place our identity in Christ. When we find ourselves in the Lord, we can trust that everything will happen in a beautiful way because the path He has for our life is far greater than we can ever imagine. That is not where it ends! You see, we also get a family. All the others that find themselves in union with the Lord also gain unity with you. This life and faith is not supposed to be lived alone, but instead your faith should be lived out with others. In God’s family, you gain other members that will push you, love you, and encourage you. Fellowship and unity in Christ is not only about a potluck dinner after church. It is about a family that will love you in such a unique way because we have a father that loves us in such an unexplainable way.

We Must be Emerged in God’s Identity to Find Our Own

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Erik’s Story

 

When the plans you had for your life fall apart, what do you do? How do you move forward when you realize that you have not allowed the Lord to be your number one? What if the thing that you have made your idol is the thing that you are no longer able to do? What next? Well, it’s time to figure out where your treasure lies because that will adjust where your heart lies.

I honestly think that God does not think I get it, because this interview was one of many that talked about identity. It keeps coming up, but God often will continue to teach us more and more about the same concepts. The thing about Erik’s story is that his identity was so consumed by football that his eternity hung on a thread… okay that may be a low-key exaggeration. However, if it were not for the fact that God snatched football away from his life, he would not have realized that he was falling down a slope that lead straight to death and further away from his heavenly Father.

Identity in the Lord. When will Christians understand that we will not truly feel satisfied until we rest in the Lord? When will we understand that we will not know our true self until we know the Lord? Who will ever know you better than the one who created you and knows your every thought and movement? Nobody. So why do we continue to allow other things to fill our mind? Why do we live these sub-par lives where we claim that God is our number one, but we surely do not act like it?

Guys, our lives are not a game. Our lives are not meant to be lived hidden away. We say we are Christians yet we hide away in fear of others. Or we allow ourselves to be enslaved by the very passions that the Lord has placed in our hearts that were meant to glorify him.

You will feel broken or the Lord will break you over and over again until you get it. We are not truly free or whole until we are fully emerged in God’s identity.

Our Paths will be Straight

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Lexi’s Story

Sometimes it is difficult to put thoughts into words because you’re still trying to figure it out in your own life. Sometimes you know exactly how to explain the idea eloquently to others so that they walk away growing in their faith. However, for you to actually understand it in your own heart seems to be the #realstruggle. This week was one of the topics where putting thoughts into words was hard for me.

 

This week I was able to record with Lexi and talk a lot about how the Lord is working in her life. She said ‘The Sinner’s Prayer’ at a young age, and that jump-started her journey to understand the gift of salvation. She said that the best way to understand our faith is through John 3:16. Many times we find ourselves saying the verse mindlessly and not truly taking the time to understand the depth and the importance of the verse. Think about it: God sent His only Son to die for us so that we can have a relationship with Him. We should all be in wonder and amazement because of the magnitude of the sacrifice God gave. We then talked briefly about her mom and step dad’s relationship, and how it glorified the Lord. We jokingly called that conversation “Relationship Advice from 2 Single Girls”. However, what we talked about next is what I want to focus on.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6.

As Christians, it is so easy to say that we are trusting God’s timing and plan. However, things pop up and we have to ask how genuine our faith is. Lexi used the analogy of a balloon to share the importance of trusting God in all circumstances. She has had to learn to let go of her balloon and allow God to do with it as He wishes, according to His master plan. For me it is terrifying to watch my balloon (life) float around aimlessly in what seems like no direction. I tend to play this game where I “let it go” to God. However, what I actually tend to do is loosen my grip on the string ever so slightly and then grip it tightly again.

 

The Lord promises that when we trust Him with what is going on, things will start to work in the way they should. More specifically our paths will be straight. Nothing can change in your life until you take the head knowledge of knowing God can handle it, and turn it into heart knowledge of trusting Him no matter the circumstance. It is something that has to be done daily, and y’all I am working on it as well!

When we lean into God, we are able to do the things that He created us to do.

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Dominique’s Story

This week I was able to interview Dominique, the young Morgan Freeman. We had conversations ranging from theology, black culture, and everything in between. I left the interview inspired and once again hit by the truth that God is using all of our stories to bring us closer to Him, which in turn causes us to give Him praise.

Looking back to what we talked about, it is hard to know exactly what I should highlight about this interview. I mean, we talked about the whole identity struggle (it honestly keeps coming up) and we also talked about the difference between heart knowledge and head knowledge. To a Christian, these are both important topics because these are the things that people, including me, need to understand… so let’s get deeper into Dom’s story.

Dom was raised in a Christian home and is also a pastor’s kid. So, from the start he had a strong biblical background. He chose Christ to be the Lord of his life at the age of 5 and from then on his parents made him give a reason to believe why he believed the way he did. He was not able to say that his faith was because of his parents or his church. Instead, he believed because he had to think it through. Being constantly influenced by his parents and others that were spiritually sound, he began to think that the way to get to their level of faith would be through a head knowledge. While it isn’t terrible to learn about the Lord through other theological thinkers, it is important that you are also taking time to learn about the Lord through a heart knowledge.

Dom made the comment, “I was growing closer to knowledge and not to God.” The impact that statement had on me was significant. The thing that makes the Christian faith so special is the idea that we are able to get to know the Lord on a personal level. A relationship with God is what gives our faith such a special spark. God is known as our Abba, which means that He has a personal and loving relationship with us. We can learn all that we want about Him, but being a Christian is more than the trivia and head knowledge we know about God. An illustration that Dom and I used dealt with reading all about C.S. Lewis. You can read all about him through biographies and autobiographies, but that will never be anything like actually sitting with him and actually getting to know him on a personal level.

When you start to get to know God on a personal level you start to find out so much more about yourself because, as humans, we are made in His likeness (Genesis 1:27). Recently, Dom has started to better understand that God is able to take him to the next level, and he is digging deeper into that truth. Right now his mission is to learn to love others in a godlier way and do things that show God instead of himself. His way to do that is through honesty.

We ended the night getting to focus on that during #preach. This is when we talked more about our identities. Only when we have a healthy form of self-love that is rooted in the fact that God has created us in a unique way to further his kingdom, we are able to know that God did not make us lacking in anything. When we lean into God, that is when we are able to do the things that He created us to do. That is when we share the most love, positivity, and truth. That is when God is praised the best and that is how God reaches those that NEED him.

Finding Who We Are

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Alex Paat’s Story

Upon the first impression of a person and we think we already have an idea of what their entire life is like. We think that we know everything about them, and we may even get to know some parts of their story and we feel like we can walk away with all we need. It is easy to think, “They have had a great life. They have a fantastic family. Their walk with the Lord is so beautiful. They have to have a story that is completely unrelatable to the mess that is my life.” Well, if we take the moment to actually stop we’ll realize that we have so much to learn from their stories.

Alex Paat is one of those kids that you meet and it is easy to believe that his story is one that has been told one too many times. However, if you get in that mindset you miss out on the way the Lord has worked in his life and you miss out on how that story can help you grow.After this interview, I walked out with a new sense of who Alex is and how important the Lord truly is.

Alex found the Lord during first grade when a pastor shared the truth of Christ’s sacrifice. However, at that young age he was not able to truly understand the importance of the GIFT Christ gave him. He went through the cycle of continuously praying in hopes that this prayer would do the trick. Many of us can probably sing a loud AMEN for the times that we thought that we were not actually taking the gift because we were not good enough or hadn’t said the right thing. However, it is a gift. There is nothing that we can do to deserve it. However, we do get to choose to receive this gift or hand it right back. Alex realized this truth through Romans 8:38-39.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing could take that gift away from him, but he had to make that decision to receive it. However, receiving the gift is not the only step. There is a heart change that comes along when you allow the Lord to become your number one. I can see the evidence of the Lord working in Alex’s life, but things weren’t always that easy.

You see, Alex had to struggle with what his identity was rooted in. He had to choose either to focus on man or God. One thing Alex said that really hit home was the question he had to ask himself: “I don’t even like these people, so why am I so focused on trying to impress them? Not everybody is going to like me, but that is okay.” When we finally let go of the desire to please other people, our world opens up to be fearlessly used by the Lord. 

I know I have talked about this plenty of times before,  because it has come up on other interviews. BUT, there is a reason it comes up…. because it needs to be said again!

When I look back to the importance of an identity rooted in Christ I realize that when we learn who God truly is, we get to find out who we are.

“Only God can satisfy everything, and I mean EVERYTHING…”

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Brook’s Story

Only God can satisfy. How many times have I heard these words, but not allowed them to actually enter my heart? How many times have I run the other way searching for something to fill this “God-sized hole” because I could not quite understand that ONLY God can satisfy?

When you finally get it into your heart that ONLY GOD CAN SATISFY everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, your life changes.

I always find myself struggling to share what happens in the studio after an interview. I mean I want to share all that happened and all that impacted me, but that is nearly impossible. While in the studio I always feel as though I am being taught something and just being reminded of what God is trying to do in my life, and honestly, it may be a little bit selfish. This week’s Your Story interview was no different than the others. Brooke shared her testimony and about just how important it is to know that only God can satisfy.

The story of Brooke finding the Lord is a beautiful one, but I don’t exactly want to summarize it all. Instead I just want to mention three things that she said. 1) God whispered in her heart that, “you were wired for these longings, but you are looking for the answer in the wrong place. Only I can satisfy you.” 2.) She asked God to be her boyfriend. 3.) Only God can satisfy.

Honestly I feel that I should leave it there and allow you to go with it however you please, but then again I don’t think that is what I am supposed to do. You see, I am realizing how God continues to weave each of these stories together and how they all seem to be linking together under one common theme: Contentment.

With Kenton and Sarah they dealt with identity in the Lord. Then with Sarah and Carly they both had to learn to lean on God alone with their problems. Then here comes Brooke’s story talking about feeling broken and empty because she was not allowing herself to be fully content in the Lord.

The beauty within Brooke’s story is the way the Lord became King in her life. It started with knowledge followed with her own choice and then ended with a heart change and diving straight into living out the idea that only God can satisfy. Knowing that ONLY God can satisfy is not at all the same as living it out.

I have come to realize that satisfaction in the Lord also is shown in how much we trust him with our future and how little we seek to make the world and those around us our number one… So the question I leave you with is: How satisfied are you in the Lord?