DJ Spotlights | Michael Fernandez

Michael Fernandez: Freshman Mechanical Engineering Major from Chicago, Illinois.

On-Air DJ: Airs on Monday nights from 5-7pm

Favorite food? Chicken fingers. I’m not sure where my absolute favorite chicken place is, but I love chicken fingers from Disney.

Favorite color? Darker orange

Favorite verse? Philippians 1:6—“For I am convinced that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Favorite Resound song? Oh, man! That’s like asking me to choose between my children! But I would have to say that “Find You Here” by Ellie Holcomb. It is one of our new ones, and I think it is fantastic.

Theme of show? I try to be really encouraging to listeners in whatever I talk about. Sometimes I will talk about a story that has happened to me, or I will look up a new story and tie that into an encouraging theme. If I can’t find a story, I will sometimes even find an encouraging passage of the Bible, and read that on air.

How did you get involved with Resound? This is actually a funny story! I went to one of the million orientation things that they have for Freshmen, and someone from Resound said, “Resound is having a meeting for auditions, you should come out!” Ever since I was little, I’ve thought it would be cool to be on the radio. So, I went to the meeting and thought that I may like to audition and try it out. So I did, and I got on! I definitely want to keep doing this, I love working here. It is so fun!

What else are you involved in at CU? I am on the robotics team, and I work at the Hive.

Hobbies? Homework, mostly calculus because I’m an engineering major! I enjoy reading and playing video games too. I’m a big Zelda fan.

Life goal? To work at Disney as an Imagineer.

Random fact? I have been to Disney 10 times in my life! I actually went twice last year—once with my family, and then again for senior trip with my school. I also am Spanish royalty!

Advice for blog readers? I’m going to kind of steal this from Walt Disney: Never be afraid to pursue your dreams, because God can do crazy things in your life. Don’t listen to people who tell you your dreams will never happen.

Final thoughts? Listen to and come by Resound!! We love visitors!!

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