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Joe Buchanan

Music Director

Joe B.

Joe Buchanan

Music Director

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My start in radio began in 1995 in Rockford, IL with a part-time position at the local Christian station. After only a few months on the job, I realized this was God’s calling on my life and was eager to learn everything I could about radio. I was promoted to full-time Music Director a year later. In 2002, I accepted an offer to serve New Life Media as Music Director. My responsibilities include choosing songs to play on-air, scheduling music, working with record companies, and communicating with listeners to better understand what music they like. In 2007 & 2011, I was humbled to receive the Radio and Records National Industry Award for Music Director of the Year.

Contemporary Christian music and Christian radio have come a long way since its beginning years ago. I'm excited to be part of an industry that is finding more ways to reach the lost and producing top-notch music through artists who have a heart for God. I'm passionate about putting the best music possible on the air, but I'm also passionate about choosing songs with a life-changing message. I know from personal experience and from speaking with listeners the impact that songs can have in our lives. My heart is to communicate the love and grace of God and to encourage those who listen to seek Him more.

I've been happily married to my wife, Tara, for 21 years. We've been blessed with four children, ages 17, 15, 12, and 8. Both my wife and I have a passion for a God-centered education and are homeschooling our children. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, hiking, sports, and (of course) listening to music.

Tara and I with our family