Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Totally geeked out!

Drue and I were talking the other day about what makes us "geek out." Working in this business, we meet a lot of people - listeners, other radio peeps, bands, musicians, celebrities - and sometimes it can become somewhat... routine (as terrible as that sounds). But then, there are those times when we run across someone we have always loved/looked up to, or we find ourselves in funny situations that lead us to (as we call it) "geek out." Ok, it happens more often that we'd like to admit, but we discussed some of our favorite "geek out" moments, and asked the rest of the staff to chime in as well. Here are some of the responses to the question, "Who DID you geek out over or who WOULD you geek out over given the opportunity?" ...

Dawn said: I’ve actually shared this with some already, in connection with the movie, The Imposter... I find it funny that Chris and I have interviewed some really awesome people in the Christian Rock industry; from Brian “Head” Welch and Toby Mac to Michael Sweet and Oz Fox. And I was thrilled to meet authors Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, whose books I devour. But the person that really made me “geek out” was Kerry Livgren, formerly of Kansas. “Dust in the Wind” and “Carry On Wayward Son” still take me back to bittersweet memories of riding down the road in my parents lemon-yellow Dodge Dart with the windows down… I got the chance to meet Kerry when he played the part of “Prof” in The Imposter. The director introduced us and I just stood there, grinning like a cat saying something brilliant like, “ Wow….wow; wow” Not one of my finer moments.

Adrian said: I geek out every time I walk into the studio and Drue Mitchell is on the time I went to talk to him and nothing came out I just ended up drooling all over myself...hehe. umm, I am a big fan of the band MuteMath. I have seen them five times in concert and I still get all excited about seeing them perform. One time I drove to Austin with Email to go watch them perform at Stubb's. For the record, I am not fond of approaching bands after shows because I always feel like its forced conversation that 10 million other people have told them. To me that is weird and uncomfortable, I would much rather have an interview set up. So, despite that I decided because it was MuteMath I would force through the awkward conversation and go up after the show to ask for an autograph. After the show was over with I went up to the band, however I couldn't think of anything to say. It was pretty pathetic, I was thinking to myself I shouldn't be like this because I am in radio and radio people are not supposed to be nervous around bands. However that was not the case, all I did was stand there with a cd in one hand and a sharpie in the other. I ended up getting the autograph but there was definitely a long awkward pause's of silence.

David said: I geeked out when I met Jessy from Falling Up when we went to Nashville… it was pretty funny.

Wes said: I did when I met Demon Hunter. I met them last year at thier concert. I was very nervous and studdered a whole lot and when I took pics with them my face flushed cause I was so excited. Also, when I had met Marion Barber. I was at the gym getting water and he was standing there. So I said look that's Marion barber and he walked over to me and stuck out his hand to introduce himself. Instead saying hello the first words out of my mouth were "I Love You. " He laughed and I tried to explain how I meant it but he said " it's cool, I love it when fans tell me that." I kind of embarassed myslrf but hey I love the cowboys and I am willing to say that I'd probably tell every single person on the team the exact same thing.

Amanda said: Well...I've geeked out over Mac Powell to other people, but haven't had the chance to geek out to Mac Powell :) I've geeked out to the lead singer of Augustana (one of my favorite bands), Dan Layus, but I don't think very many people know who he is. It was a beautiful moment actually :)

I also asked some of our Twitter Friends to tell us who makes (or WOULD make) them "geek out." Here are a few of those comments...

- Sarah said: brad paisley
- Damaris said: Selena. But she is dead.
- Tammy Trent said: amy grant....still do! I'm a geek AND a nerd!! LOL
- Corinne said: When I met Jon Foreman last year he said "Thank you for coming" At a loss for words, I said "Thank you for being so awesome." Duh!
- Greg said: I would geek out if I got a guitar lesson with Brian Stezer; or if I was able to do a song with David Crowder.
- Aaron said: just had haste the day respond to a tweet.. that kinda made me geek out..
- Taco Boy said: LOL well ilia and I will really geek out if I her meet demon hunter and haste the day!
- Erick Newbil from FAIR said: star struck? when I met all the guys from Blur. Amazing.

I hope you enjoyed those stories as much as I did!
Keep rockin' for Christ!
Jade =)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Introducing: Flossie!

If you call the main office anytime between 9am and 1pm, you might talk to our new receptionist, Flossie. Yes, that is her real name.

She recently had the opportunity to be in a new NeedHim spot that will be airing on TV all over the place soon. It debuted yesterday evening. Check it out...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Head Concert Recap

On May 19th I was able to attend a concert that I have been waiting for about 4 or 5 years to see. I have blogged about this artist a couple of times, and he has done a couple of interviews on Power Fm in the last couple of years. His name is Brian Head Welch, or Head as he goes by. He performed for the first time in Dallas since leaving the band Korn a few years ago when he became a Christian. I have talked in previous blogs that I was really into Korn when I was in highschool an then after I graduated as well. I became a christian in 2001 and shortly after that, before I found Power FM, I stopped listening to secular music because I was being influenced to much by the lyrics and message of that music, which means I stopped listening to Korn as well. Then I heard that Head had become a Christian and I was so stoked and from that day patientally waited for his music and a concert. I mean a guy that was in one of the biggest bands of the 90s, the time I was growing up, now was in love with Jesus and it would not be bad for me to like his music.

Finally last year his CD, Save me from myself, dropped and I was given the oppurtunity to meet him and talk to him. That made me even more eager for what took place at the Door.
He started out the show with Adonai, a song we play at night. As the show progresses he talked about his conversion and how he wanted to share Christ with others. The longer he played the more I started feeling the spirit going through the place.

He played the song, Save me from myself and after he was done, he asked anyone who needed a change who beeded escape from something to raise thier hands. Then he started praying, not just a regular prayer, a powerful one full of the Spirit, he said repeat after me. "Jesus Christ, I need change I need you in my life. Please come!" He was basically yelling this powerful prayer and asked people that needed change to repeat it. As this took place I almost started crying, especially as the audience was repeating the prayer. I was blown away.

His show was a metal praise service. I haven't felt the spirit that heavily at a metal show ever.
I suggest anyone who loves metal to get his CD and also read his book, both of which are named Save me from myself. Heck anyone who does really like metal should as well. Listen with spiritual ears and you will hear God.

That show was the best show I have seen in a year. I will definately be at the next show he plays in Dallas and I suggest anyone who wasn't there to check him out. You won't be disappointed if you open yourself to be spoken to by the Holy Spirit.

Thanks for reading.

Wes's previous Head blogs: here and here

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spring Share-A-Thon 2009

Tomorrow kicks off our Spring Share-A-Thon for 2009. Please be praying about what you can do to help keep Power FM on the air. We are a non-commercial, listener-supported station and other than a few business sponsors we have, our financial means come from YOU, the listener. So, if you haven't already, please consider enlisting in the Power Corps.

The Power Corps is a group of donors who commit to giving $20/month or a one-time gift of $240 or more. These people make up the back-bone of what it takes to financially run this station. As a Power Corps member, you know that you are helping make Power FM possible... you also get your own special section of our website with insider info, special giveaways and various other fun things. You will receive a coupon in the mail for a Power Corps shirt as well!

If you cannot commit to that amount of money, please consider giving anything you can... we need every little bit we can get to keep Power FM going as The Christian Rock Station. So please, be praying about what you can do. If you already give, thank you so much! Please contact people around you and encourage them to give. Utilize your blogs, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, text messages, emails, and word of mouth to spread the word that Power FM needs your financial assistance.

We know that this is a trying time, especially with the down economy right now, but God blesses those that give with a cheerful heart. Power FM is not just a business, not just a radio station... it's a ministry, spreading the word of Jesus through Christian rock music and messages. Our mission is to Glorify Jesus in whatever we do... and we need your help to keep doing that.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

1/2 Boy, 1/2 Man

Today is National Day of Prayer!

Eddie received this email forward and thought it fitting for today's blog...

1/2 Boy, 1/2 Man

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march. He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful. Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great- grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood. And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so. As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot.. . . A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

Prayer Wheel
'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.'