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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Breathe....An Interview with Jonny Diaz

They say if you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans. Jonny Diaz knows about changes in plans. His dream was to play professional baseball. He went to FSU playing ball, but suffered an injury that changed his direction. He put down the bat and glove and picked up a pen and a guitar. I would have to say we're all thankful to be on the receiving end of the songs he's written since then!

His latest offering, Breathe, is an incredible reminder in the midst of very busy lives.  I enjoyed talking with him about the song and his life. In case you missed the interview on Hope FM, listen here:

Alarm clock screaming bare feet hit the floor
It’s off to the races everybody out the door
I’m feeling like I’m falling behind, it’s a crazy life
Ninety miles an hour going fast as I can
Trying to push a little harder trying to get the upper hand
So much to do in so little time, it’s a crazy life
It’s ready, set, go it’s another wild day
When the stress is on the rise in my heart I feel You say just
Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at My feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe
Third cup of joe just to get me through the day
Wanna make the most of time but I feel it slip away
I wonder if there’s something more to this crazy life
I’m busy, busy, busy, and it’s no surprise to see
That I only have time for me, me, me
There’s gotta be something more to this crazy life
I’m hanging on tight to another wild day
When it starts to fall apart in my heart I hear You say just
Is to take it in fill your lungs
The Peace of God that overcomes
Just breathe
Let your weary spirit rest
Lay down what’s good and find what’s best
Just breathe

Thursday, May 5, 2016


I was so excited to receive two Prayer Bowls to give away for Mother's Day on Hope FM.  A beautiful centerpiece for any table or shelf, this lovely dish serves a big purpose.  As you have people or things to pray about, write them on a card and place them in the bowl. Then you won't forget! 

I have a certain "spot" in my living room where I sit each morning for my personal time of prayer, Bible study and reading. I can see how this bowl would go so well in that environment.  At any time you can go through the requests to keep them in mind and continually in prayer.

To learn more about them, click here to hear the interview with Karen Berry, the creator.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Friday, March 11, 2016

Gone Fishin'

Cliff Prince
Next week a ton of guests will be coming into our little town for a huge event: the BASS Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament will kick off their season on the St. Johns River. Putnam County is quite fortunate to be hosting the event again this year! It's a nice chance for two of our hometown anglers to bring their sport back to their home turf...err...waterways!

Besides fun for those who fish, they'll have daily boat launches and weigh-ins open to the public, with a festival surrounding the tournament on Saturday and Sunday with tons of fun for the kids and an expo with all sorts of stuff grownups will want to check out.

Terry Scroggins
Hometown boys Cliff Prince and Terry Scroggins stopped by Hope FM (with another angler, Hank Cherry) for a visit to help promote the event and share a little about what they do.  I figure it's every man's dream to fish for a living!  And it's my job to tell the community what a great opportunity this is to take in a fun event as well as showcase our river and surroundings.

It begins at the riverfront park on Thursday, March 17 and goes through Sunday March 20.

If you missed the interview check it out here:

Cliff and Terry also brought along another angler, Hank Cherry.

Cliff Prince and Terry "Big Show" Scroggins of the BASSmaster Elite Series, visiting Hope FM before the tournament.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Throw-Back Thursday

We've been enjoying talking on the air about where we were 20 years ago, and it's been fun to come up with a few themes for our fundraiser, though the matter at hand is the same as always:  "call now with your pledge!"  (I think I'll be saying that in my sleep....)

In preparing for our Sharathon and 20th anniversary celebration at Hope FM, I looked at the list of top 100 songs for 1996.  In the #1 slot was Listen by Cindy Morgan, who actually had several songs on the list. I was thrilled to have a chance to talk with her and share what she's doing now with our listeners for our "Throw-back Thursday."

My favorite song from her is also the title of her new book, "How Could I Ask For More?" and I'm so glad she shared more about the song with me.  In case you missed it, here's the interview:

I highly recommend the book!

Another trip down memory lane was a phone interview with someone instrumental in our station's humble beginnings. Jeff Sellers was a pastor at Palatka First Assembly when the station was in the initial stages of going on the air. He and a handful of others were instrumental in getting it up and running. It was nice to chat with him about those early days and to share with him the impact those efforts have had on the people of our community 20 years later.

So, where were you and what were your favorite songs 20 years ago?

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Way-Back Wednesday

We're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hope FM this month, and this week is our pledge drive, Sharathon.  Today we're taking a look back at what was happening 20 years ago on the music charts.

One of my favorite singer/songwriters is Scott Krippayne. I'm so glad I had the chance to catch up with him and share again one of the most impactful songs ever created! Here's the interview in case you missed it, and the video as well.

My second great conversation was with John Schlitt, who was the lead singer of Petra for 20 years. When I was rockin to their tunes he was the one out front so it was a great joy to hear him share from the past and right into the future.  Here's the interview in case you missed it!

Another look back was to the original idea that sparked the creation of our radio station. I spoke with Pastor Michael Rippy, who is now in Alabama, but during his few years in Palatka brought the idea that our town could have a Christian radio station.  Here's the interview:

We're excited about the next 20 years and looking forward to hearing from many of our listeners and what Hope FM means to them!

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Journey Into Hope!

Singer and songwriter, Mark Smeby, has written another book!  He's been a great friend to us at Hope FM and we're thrilled to help spread the word about this new release.  The Messenger-A Journey Into Hope will inspire you to be brave by understanding the power of God's love to embolden our lives. It can help you stop being fearful and start living boldly in your faith.

The book also has a companion CD, featuring the first song: Brave. I think it's a great way to let the message of the book continue to inspire you as you sing along.

This song and book may be just what you need today to be BRAVE!

 Click here to listen to the full interview with Mark about The Messenger:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Visit With Pete the Cat!

I volunteer to read books to preschoolers each week with a program through the Early Learning Coalition. Being a reading pal is a lot of fun. I love children's books and they kids are always so excited to see me. It makes me feel like a million bucks!!  One of our favorite book characters is Pete the Cat, so when I had the opportunity to use the costume I jumped at it!

Mrs. Porter, owner of Les Papillion Day Care
They all wanted to hug Pete!
Rockin' with Pete the Cat and his groovy buttons.
In case you're not familiar with Pete, here's one of his stories with the music and a look at the book!