President/CEOTracy has been passionate about Christian radio since childhood. He was born one month after WEEC started broadcasting, listened to the station at his home in West Liberty every day, all day, and he was creating radio dramas complete with sound effects by age 7. He dreamed of returning to the station he loved as an announcer one day, but he had no idea how much God had in store for his life. He earned a degree in Radio Production and Broadcast Management from Liberty University to help him pursue his passion, and he landed his dream job as afternoon announcer on WEEC in 1988. Later, he succeeded Mike Maddex as General Manager, and in 2011 he became the CEO of Strong Tower Christian Media, the parent organization of WEEC and WFCJ. Tracy also serves on the Board of Directors for The Rock Radio Network, a mission radio network in Puerto Rico, and thanks God for a career beyond his wildest dreams.
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.”
Vice President of Administration & DevelopmentWhen 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.
Executive AssistantVicki 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.
O'Brady & Berna In The MorningKelly O’Brady became a Christian while in college and has since used her creative gifts for God’s glory in a multitude of ways. Over the years she has dabbled in theatre and comedy, been a weekend radio announcer and disc jockey, served as a public relations specialist in the National Guard, and had the happy job of full-time mom. Kelly hosts the morning drive and shares inspirational music, personal stories, and Scripture with The Source 93.7 listeners each weekday morning during their commutes. She also manages the Events Calendar on the station website, helps plan listener engagement activities, and loves meeting listeners when emceeing community events. “There’s only one thing that can wake me up early enough for the morning show and that is kicking off the day for our wonderful listeners with the incredible news that God Himself cares about their day!” Kelly and her husband have four children and four delightful grandbabies. Tune in to hear Kelly from 6-8:30am on “O’Brady & Berna In The Morning” Monday through Friday!
O'Brady & Berna In The Morning / STCM News & Public Affairs ReporterHearing 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!
STCM News and Listener Engagement Director / WFCJ Afternoon Drive HostKen 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!
Evening Announcer / Weekend Program Host / PSA CoordinatorAs 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!
Weekends 8am-2pmLorraine has had quite a journey on her way to WFCJ. She started her career at a Top 40 station, but when she became a Christian she felt God leading her in a different direction. She attended an open house at WFCJ, and ended up working there for six years after Clair Miller encouraged her to use her gifts for the Lord. She left WFCJ for a short time, but continued listening. A few years later, Lorraine reconnected with WFCJ through a contest and soon began her current position as a weekend host. God has used both WEEC and WFCJ in her life to help her grow in her faith, and she prays that the Lord will continue using these ministries to touch lives all around Ohio like he touched hers years ago.
STCM Office ManagerIf 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.
Traffic / STCM Creative WriterJohn 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.
STCM Graphic Designer / New Media DirectorLauren 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 Production & Studios ManagerRyan 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 ManagerJesse 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.
Chief EngineerJohn 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.