Saturday, September 25, 2021

Meet The Staff

Jeremiah Beck – Program Director / Morning Show Host

Jeremiah was born and raised in Southern Wisconsin. After high school, he went to work in a factory, where he met his wife, Teka. In 1997 they became parents – welcoming their daughter Abigail into the world in December. He began his career in radio broadcasting in 1998. His wife and he accepted Jesus Christ as their savior on the same day in 1999, and six years later God led Jeremiah to Christian radio ministry. He’s blessed to be a member of 1st Baptist Church West Monroe, and is excited to see what God is going to do in our community in the days ahead. You can email him at jeremiah@887thecross.com. Learn more about the Morning Show at The Morning Show.

Sheryl Ford – General Manager/Morning Show Host

Sheryl grew up in Baton Rouge, but has lived in NELA for over 10 years, and loves all things Louisiana. The oldest of three girls to a single mom, she fits all of the “oldest child syndrome” stereotypes. As the marketing Manager and Morning Show Host, a full time marketing student at ULM, and a momma to Lexi & Harleigh (her 4lb Maltese and much larger Rottweiler) she stays very busy  (thanks to a serious coffee addiction) but wouldn’t change a thing. Her passions are faith, family, and all things creative. Reach Sheryl at sheryl@887thecross.com. Learn more about the Morning Show at The Morning Show.

Bobby Lenox – Operations Manager / Host of the “All-Request Lunch Hour”

During his senior year in high school, Bobby got his first radio job in Baton Rouge. He headed north to Monroe for college, where he graduated from Northeast Louisiana University (ULM). Bobby has been in broadcasting for 20 years in the community. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children. Their daughter, Elizabeth, lives in Dallas, while two sons, Ryan and Luke keep them running at their West Monroe home. Bobby enjoys sports, cooking, weekend getaways with the family and a good audiobook!You can connect by email at bobby@887thecross.com.

Julia Taylor – Mid Morning Host

Julia’s been married to her husband, Paul for over a decade and they have four children; two daughters and two little boys. The days she gets to shower, blow dry her hair, wear make-up and avoid a child dumping food all over her outfit are the days she feels like a princess. The rest of the time, she’s reading Pete the Cat 8 times in a day, scrubbing juice off the kitchen floor, trying to wash and fold at least two loads of laundry, fill the dishwasher, get the girls off to school and dinner on the table at night. Surprising, even to herself, she thanks God for her family even on the crazy days. She also thoroughly enjoyed speaking about herself in the third person. Email her at julia@887thecross.com.

Mike Kankelfritz – Afternoon Host

Mike grew up in Seattle, Washington, and in high school, he got his start in radio at a high school station. He’s moved all over the country, working in about every type of radio station; country, rock, light rock, and finally, but relented to God’s plan for him to be in Christian radio. He’s married to his super hero, Becky! They believe that God is still in the healing business, and they have two amazing kids, 14-year-old daughter, Abby Grace, and 8-year-old son, Sam. 
 

Lisa Williams – Nighttime Host of “Life with Lisa Williams”

Lisa’s roots go deep in Louisiana. She was born and raised in Shreveport, but her Momma lived in Monroe for many years and this is where her sister was born. Lisa is the mom of JD and Jesse so she spends much of her time doing laundry and laughing at their jokes. On the radio somewhere since 1990, she’s thankful to do life with you every weekday evening. On Wednesdays, Lisa spotlights “wowGod” stories, the true story of when you saw God in your life undeniably. You can get your stories to her at www.lifewithlisawilliams.com or by calling 844-8wowGod.

Ralph Songy – Weather Forecaster

One of Six siblings, Ralph is a New Orleans Native, who grew up obsessed with with Weather, which led him to where he is today:  One of the highest-regarded Weather Forecasters in radio. In his spare time, he enjoys painting still Life, seascapes and landscapes.  He enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, reading and visiting bookstores. Ralph has been with 88.7 since day one, and we can’t see the station being without him.  You can contact Ralph by emailing him at rwxman@bellsouth.net.

Kurt Wallace – Host of “The Weekend Top 20 Countdown”

Kurt Wallace started his radio career at Greenville College and has worked in Christian radio for 31 years, which is amazing since he’s only 35.:) He also has his own radio voice-over business and is heard on stations from coast to coast. By his own admission, Kurt married the loveliest, most patient woman in America, Amy. They have four children and two dogs…if you count toy poodles and chihuahuas as “real” dogs!  You can catch his “Weekend Top 20 Countdown” twice every weekend;  Saturday mornings at 8 and again Sunday morning at 10.

Andy Chrisman – Host of “Worship with Andy Chrisman”

Andy Chrisman has been in the Christian music industry for over 25 years, both as a solo artist and as part of the Dove Award-winning group, 4Him. He now serves as Worship Pastor at Church On The Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  One of the things Andy enjoys most about his job nowadays is the chance to spend less time on the road and more time at home with the people he loves most: Jackie, his wife of more than 15 years, and his two children. Andy hosts “Worship with Andy Chrisman,” heard every Sunday morning on 88.7 from 6 – 10AM. 

MacKenzie Davidson – Promotions Director

MacKenzie originally hails from our sister state, Mississippi. After receiving a degree in Music Education from Mississippi State University, she moved to Fort Worth where she studied music and theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While perusing her Master’s degree she met her husband, Paul, and after finishing their coursework, moved to Naples, Italy. After years of overseas mission work and a move to help with a church plant, they returned with their two children to NELA the summer of 2020. As she grows in her walk with Jesus, her heartbeat is to help other women grow in their walk with him as well. MacKenzie loves all things Italian (Forza Napoli), food, a good book or movie, and having something warm to sip on. You can email MacKenzie at MacKenzie@887TheCross.com.

Kanada DeBurr – Creative Content Manager and On-Air for Power927.FM

Kanada is the one you’ve mistaken for for one of the kids. She loves (in no particular order) the Cosby show, laughing until her stomach hurts, and spending time with her friends and family. Born and raised in Monroe, she’s a Fall 2013 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication.  Email her at kanada@power927.fm!

Al Cherry – Music Director and On-Air for Power927.FM

Al “big AL” Cherry is a family man, gospel/hip-hop recording artist, youth minister, motivational speaker, and former secondary mathematics teacher. He has traveled the country and abroad as an artist and as a speaker/teacher of the Gospel and suicide awareness. He is a balloting Stellar, Doves, and Kingdom Choice Award nominee and winner of Rhythm of Gospel and Holy Hip Hop awards, and he handles the music you hear on our sister station, Power927.FM! You can email him at bigal@power927.fm.

Joneal Kirby – Host of “Heartfelt Radio”

Dr. Joneal Kirby, Host of “Heartfelt Radio,” is the blessed wife of 30+ years to Randy and the mother of 3+2: two sons, one “daughter-in-love” and “son-in-love.”  She also has been overwhelmingly busy in the past few years with the addition of three grandsons to her family.  Her funniest times are spent with them.  She also loves her sweet black lab, Maggie and her two palomino quarter horses.  She is the women’s ministry leader at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe.