Growing up listening to WEEC had a positive impact on Tracy Figley, and he wanted to be a part of Christian radio ever since. With that in mind, he graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Radio Production and Broadcast Management.
Tracy has been in the radio industry since 1984, joining the WEEC staff in 1988 as an afternoon announcer. He then succeeded Mike Maddex as General Manager in 1999.
In 2007, Strong Tower Christian Media was formed to be the parent company of WEEC and WFCJ. When WFCJ’s general manager, Clair Miller, retired in 2011, Tracy assumed full leadership responsibility for both stations.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Rock Radio Network in Puerto Rico.
Vice President of Administration & Development
When Kevin Boggs joined the Strong Tower Christian Media team as Vice President of Administration and Development in January 2011, it seemed like God had been preparing him for this job his whole life.
Born and raised in Springfield, Kevin graduated from Tecumseh High School. He then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, and later a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling from Cedarville University. Using his gifts and training, he has also served as a pastor, full-time evangelist, counselor and administrator.
STCM Vice President of Radio Operations
Jeff has a 30+ year history in Christian Media. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and broadcasting department producer, he then served as Director of Radio Production at In Touch Ministries with Charles Stanley in Atlanta, GA. Later he managed a station in Michigan and Colorado Springs, CO. While there, he became Senior Manager at Briargate Media/Focus on The Family, overseeing the radio relations team. He then served as Director of Client Services at Walter Bennett Agency in Philadelphia. Jeff is a native southern Ontario. He is married to Anne and has five children–three from his first wife Ruth Ann, who died of brain cancer in 2003, and now a six-year-old boy, Thomas, and his brother, Michael, who is two and a half. “Strong Tower’s commitment to the spoken word radio content along with music is one reason I’m here! Also, serving alongside some wonderful and talented people helps me grow each day.”
Vicki grew up in the Kansas City area and came to Christ as a young teen. She attended Liberty University in Virginia, where she met her husband Tracy on a singing team. She graduated in 1985, and they married ten days later. Vicki officially joined the staff of Strong Tower Christian Media in 2011 as Executive Assistant. Her primary role is to provide administrative support to the Executive Team. She enjoys interacting with listeners, volunteers, and donors. Prior to 2011, she worked in the field of Christian Education for sixteen years. She says, “The environment here is a lot different from teaching school, but it’s so exciting to see firsthand what God is doing in the lives of our listeners through the ministries of WEEC & WFCJ.” Tracy and Vicki have three grown children and are excited to welcome their first grandchild this coming September.
STCM Production & Studios Manager
Ryan Freed first got into radio while attending Cedarville University. Since graduating in 1998 with a degree in communications, he has worked for Cox Broadcasting in Dayton, 880 WRFD in Columbus, and founded WCYC-LP, a low power radio station in London, Ohio, which he managed for 4 years. Ryan has been with WEEC since 2006, serving as co-host on Circle of Friends and executive producer for the station’s annual SHARE fundraisers.
You can hear Ryan on the Circle of Friends, every weekday morning from 6-8:30AM!
STCM IT Manager
Jesse Diller joined the Strong Tower Christian Media team in December of 2012. Before becoming the IT Manager for WEEC and WFCJ, Jesse served at Rosedale Bible College in central Ohio, of which he is an alumnus. He helped design and start a new department of Online Education, as well as serving as a Webmaster and IT Specialist. Jesse also has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, Jesse worked as a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, where he worked with patent applications dealing with Computer Memory Circuitry and Architectures.
STCM Office Manager
If you’re one of the many listeners that call in to WEEC each day, you have probably wondered who the sweet voice on the other end of the phone is. It belongs to our Receptionist & Office Manager, Cathy Ackley.
When Cathy and her husband Steve moved to Springfield to be closer to their church, she found out that there was a job opening at her favorite Christian radio station, WEEC. So, Cathy started there in the summer of 1983, taking over for the secretary who was leaving to have a baby.
Cathy then left in 1985 to be a mother herself and, in God’s perfect timing, returned 21 years later.
STCM Graphic Designer / New Media Director
Lauren is busy using her gifts and skills to advance the kingdom work at Strong Tower Christian Media! Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, Lauren and her younger sister were raised in West Virginia by Pastor Mark and his wife, Valarie. She always knew she wanted to be an artist, aspiring to someday work for Disney. When she began studying at Liberty University, God changed her direction and grew within her a passion for logo design and branding. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Studio Art. In October of that same year, she was hired by Strong Tower Christian Media as the Graphic Designer. Her duties include serving as the gatekeeper of WEEC’s and WFCJ’s social media accounts, designing the ministry’s graphics, logos, and websites, and preparing the weekly e-mail newsletters sent out by each station. Lauren says she “is looking forward to brainstorming brand new ideas to engage the community and also continuing to bring new life to the designs at Strong Tower Christian Media.”
STCM News and Listener Engagement Director / WFCJ Afternoon Drive Host
Ken has over 30 years of professional experience in secular and Christian radio and television as a news and sports director, anchor, announcer, reporter, and program host. Ken began his broadcasting career in Chattanooga at WDEF-TV, after graduating with a degree in broadcasting from Tennessee Temple University. Ken moved to Dayton in 1978 to work for Miami Valley Christian Broadcasting at TV 26 in Springfield. His face became even more familiar when he joined WDTN-TV2, spending several years as assistant sports director under Omar Williams and later spending another 14 years as a Fox 45 news anchor and host of their weekly public affairs program “In the Area.” “God is so merciful and good to bring me back to Christian radio at WEEC & WFCJ. I love this ministry, our dear listeners, and the wonderful communities we serve.” Ken has been married to Cristy for over 40 years. They are the proud parents of four adult children and nine grandchildren.
Tune in to hear Ken weekdays from 4-6PM on 93.7!
Middays Host / Announcer / Church Outreach and Prayer Director
Dayton native Jim Williams grew up listening to a lot of local radio and loving what he heard! After The Lord rescued him in 1971, Jim saw that his interest in broadcasting could be used to reach people with the Good News through contemporary music. Since being hired by WFCJ in 1979, Jim has performed a variety of duties including announcing, program hosting, and public affairs. Currently, Jim oversees “Today’s Word” and “Ministry Focus,” which highlights the work of local congregations. He manages the Prayer Wall on the website and shares listener prayer requests during “Middays with Jim Williams” between 11 and noon. Jim believes that “Even with the revolution of social media, radio still offers an opportunity to communicate with people in an intimate and personal way the most important message we share–the Good News of Jesus!” Jim and wife Terri have two adult children and one three-and-a-half year old grandson.
You can catch Jim announcing every weekday from 9am – 3pm and at 4:30pm reporting sports on “The Afternoon Drive.”
O'Brady & Berna In The Morning
Kelly O’Brady became a Christian while in college and has since used her creative gifts to His glory in a multitude of ways.
Over the years, she has dabbled in theatre, been a weekend radio announcer, served as a public relations specialist in the National Guard and had the happy job of full-time mom.
Wake up to O’Brady & Berna in the Morning, heard from 6 to 8:30 a.m. weekdays, to hear Kelly and her co-host Lynn talk with listeners about Jesus, kids and life!
O'Brady & Berna In The Morning Co-host / STCM News & Public Affairs Reporter
Hearing a chapel speaker talk about Christian broadcasting when she was at Grace College led Lynn Berna to transfer to Eastern Kentucky University and major in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. Between her first on-air job at WEEC and her current position at Strong Tower Christian Media, she’s been involved in Christian broadcasting since 1982. In addition to co-hosting the morning show, Lynn also produces “FYI” and “Family Impact,” weekly public affairs and news programs. Before they were married, Lynn’s husband, Larry, was a regular listener to a morning show that Lynn hosted for several years on WEEC in the eighties. Larry sent a letter to the radio station asking Lynn out on a date. She accepted, and they’ve now been married for 26 years, have two sons, two daughters, and so far three grandchildren.
Listen for Lynn on weekdays from 6-8:30am on “O’Brady & Berna In The Morning” and at 7am on Sunday mornings!
Traffic / STCM Creative Writer
John Nole grew up with a love for contemporary Christian music and writing. After graduating from high school, he went on to major in English with an emphasis on writing at Taylor University. When the campus radio station asked for volunteers to get behind the microphones and host programs featuring the music and artists he had listened to for years, he and his roommate were quick to sign up.
After graduation, John joined the on-air staff of WFCJ in 1994 as the Sunday morning announcer. He soon found himself adding two more steady shifts on Saturday and one on Friday, in addition to filling in when needed. In 2007, an opportunity presented itself to move into office work as the station’s Traffic Manager, dealing with the listener donations and commercial income the station receives. In that capacity, John also oversees the daily logs and writes and produces commercials heard on The Source.
John has been in radio work for 45 years and began his work while a student at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. His first professional stop in Northern Kentucky gave him experience in both on-air operations and engineering that he would use throughout his career. After working in southern Ohio and St. Louis, John brought his knowledge and experience to WFCJ in 1984. Throughout the years, John’s dedication and engineering expertise has sustained the station through several transitions and allowed the stations to remain on the cutting edge of broadcast technology. When The Source moved from its long-time home in Miamisburg to join Springfield’s WEEC in Xenia, John supervised the relocation project and equipped both stations’ new studios. In addition to John’s work at STCM, he has helped nationals throughout parts of Asia and Eastern Europe develop radio programs as well. John and wife Kathy have two sons and six grandchildren and have been married 41 years.
Evening Announcer / Weekend Program Host / PSA Coordinator
As the daughter of a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars, Robin Walton was born in the Army Hospital at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After graduating from Central State University, she focused on a career in radio and television. Her first professional radio job was in Xenia, but she continued to pursue the Dayton area to be closer to home and was hired by Cox Communications as a radio reporter for 1290 WHIO. In 1988 Robin began her work with WFCJ and currently hosts “Celebration of Praise” and “Notes from Home,” WFCJ’s local artist showcase. Robin is also responsible for public service announcements and recording the station’s Action Calendar. “I love my work at WFCJ, meeting and serving our listeners, and giving tours of our station. And, anybody who knows me, knows I’m a dog lover!”
Robin can be heard Tuesday through Friday evenings from 7-8pm, Saturdays from noon-6pm and 6:30-7pm!
A graduate of the International Broadcasting School, Lorraine Christian’s broadcasting career began in Top 40 radio during the late 1970s. When she became a believer, she felt God leading her out of secular radio.
Lorraine then attended an Open House at WFCJ, where she was encouraged to use her skills for the Lord. She was the first person hired by the new station manager, Clair Miller, in 1980 and stayed at the station for six years.
After many years as a listener, she called in for a contest and reconnected with the station. She was asked back on a part-time basis and eventually began working weekends.
Lorraine is now the voice you hear Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. !
STCM Director of Maintenance
Kyle grew up in Dayton around TV and radio via his father, Ken, who does The Afternoon Drive on 93.7 The Source. After several years abroad, he returned to the US to put down roots of his own near family. He has a wonderful wife, two adorable children, and a house that needs as much attention as a family pet. He’s swum in the Arctic Ocean, the Danube River, and the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawai’i, but his real interests include following after God, and understanding the Jewish roots of Christianity. Kyle may be behind the scenes, but he is vital to the function of our organization. He serves with joy, and understanding of God’s call on his life.