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About me

MY STORY

I began broadcasting Religion For Life in January 2012 as a weekly half-hour program. I had become known in the area of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia as a “radical reverend” through my blog, Shuck and Jive.  Dr. Teresa Keller of Emory & Henry College asked me about producing a half-hour show about religion from an educational point of view on WEHC (Su. 12 pm , Mo. 1 pm) I learned production techniques from Wayne Winkler at WETS (Th. 8-9 pm) and produced the show there for three years.  I moved to Portland in 2015 and found a great radio station that shares the values of Progressive Spirit,  90.7  KBOO.  While in Portland my show went through a name change and is now Progressive Spirit.

​In 2016 I connected with the Pacifica Radio Network and in March 2017,  Progressive Spirit went to a hour-long format and is perfect for college stations, community stations, and NPR affiliates.   It is distributed through Pacifica and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Since I began over five years ago, I have interviewed over 250 authors, scholars, and activists about issues of value, social justice, religious scholarship, politics, sex, science, and more.  Progressive Spirit can be heard on several radio stations and it has become a successful podcast. It is 60 minutes of smart.  

I used to be a professional radio announcer at stations in Boise and Seattle back in the 80s.  I have been a minister for 25 years and currently serve Southminster Presbyterian Church, a progressive community.