Radio Staff

Announcers, Production, News

Dave Margalotti / Director of Radio Operations | email

Dave caught the radio bug as a kid growing up in New Jersey. It started when Dave got his first small transistor radio. Instead of sleeping when his parents sent him to bed, he would lie awake for hours in the dark listening to music and the voices of his favorite announcers.

By the time Dave was a teenager he had decided that he wanted to be one of those voices. So at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Dave majored in Communications and landed his first job behind the microphone at the college radio station, WMCR 91.9 FM.

After graduation, Dave began his professional radio career working Sunday mornings for WHVW 950 AM in Hyde Park, NY. That position later lead to a full-time position as Mid-Day Host and eventually Dave’s first experience as a Program Director. Following a move back to NJ, Dave joined WSUS 102.3 FM where he worked for nearly 9 years. Before coming to Family Life, Dave spent nearly 16 years as the Program Director and Operations Manager for WVNJ 1160 AM in the New York City area.

Dave and his wife Patty have raised 6 children: Lexi, Chelsea, Max, Sam, Johnna, and Harry. While they were both raised in the Catholic Church, Dave and Patty came to know and love the Lord after enrolling their children in Sunday school at a local Presbyterian Church. It was at that church where Dave's family was moved by the Holy Spirit to become new members and active Christians.

Terese Main / Assistant Program Director, Music Director, Morning Announcer | email

God wastes nothing. So never take a chance meeting as mere coincidence! Terese met Family Life President Rick Snavely backstage at a concert one night and didn’t think very much of it. As time went on, her heart softened to the possibility of joining the ministry. The Lord increased that desire to the point where she could think of nothing she wanted to do more!

You can hear Terese as co-host of Family Life Mornings and host of Family Life mid-days as she shares an encouraging mix of music, programming and fun.

Before joining Family Life, Terese spent nine years on the air at WARM 101.3 in Rochester, NY, where she was Program Director. Her voice is also heard on Christian radio stations in Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, California, Kansas, Indiana and Delaware. Having grown up in Dryden, NY, attended Ithaca College and then moved to Rochester, Terese has spent her whole life in the Family Life listening area. She’s come to appreciate the beauty and wonder of this part of the country.

Terese accepted Jesus as her savior during High School, but walked away from Him during her 20’s. During that time, she met and married Scott, never having talked about her faith. A few years later, the topic came up and both shared the stories of their salvation, and started attending church, as they put Christ as the forefront of their lives. How good God is to have saved these two for each other! They are blessed with daughters Emily and Ashley.

Steve Smith / Morning Announcer | email

A native of the Keystone State, Steve spent his younger years in suburban Philadelphia. Leaving home for the first time, Steve went off to college and graduated with a degree in Communications from Ohio University. His first job out of college was with WCLT in Newark, Ohio, where he worked as an account executive and did play-by-play announcing for high school games.

Steve's radio career has taken him to Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, where he spent 19 years as a morning show host in Tulsa with former AC station KBEZ 92.9FM, now BOB-FM. Once in Oklahoma, Steve's life changed in many ways. For one, he turned life over to Christ on January 15, 1988—his very first day in Tulsa. That's a pretty important change!

Later on, Steve reconnected with his 8th grade sweetheart, Audrey. Imagine dating your 8th grade sweetheart again in your early thirties. God willing, it worked, and Steve and Audrey married in June of 1989. They have two children—Laura and Will. (yes... Will Smith).

Steve has been with Family Life since July 2011. He and his wife, Audrey (Audrey's Desserts First on Nick Picks), love working under the same roof together. A few of Steve's favorite things are: his family, his Philadelphia sports teams, and most of all—his God.

Randy Snavely / Morning Announcer | email

Before coming to Family Life, Randy worked in Kansas City with Youth for Christ.  He spent six years there - a very exciting and rewarding time since many lives were changed by Christ.  Randy was eventually led to Family Life by God's hand in his life.  It's an exciting story too long to write out here.  So if you see Randy, grab a seat and ask him about it. 

Golf is near the top of Randy's fun-things-to-do list.  He also plays fantasy baseball, enjoys watching his kids compete in school sports, speaks at churches and other events, and loves spending time with his family.  Adam, Drew, Luke and Olivia are all into soccer and swimming.  Randy's wife, Krisitina, and the rest of the family live in Bath, NY.

Sonny Delfyette / Afternoon Announcer | email

With an encouraging song, an encouraging word, and a chuckle or three ... every afternoon is "Sonny-er" on Family Life's radio network.  In addition to hearing him on your drive home, Sonny also mans the Sports Desk alongside Randy Snavely to report the latest national and regional sports news.

Sonny comes to Family Life with over 30 years of radio experience.  He has worked in Baltimore, Kansas City, Virginia Beach, Detroit, West Palm Beach and most recently on a nationally syndicated show based out of Los Angeles, California.  Wow - Sonny had finally hit the big time ... or had he?

While living in Los Angeles, two disasters (the Chatsworth fires and the Chatsworth train-wreck) both happened less than three miles from his house.   It was as if the Lord was trying to get his attention.  Sonny prayed, "Lord, if you don't want me here, take me away."  Sonny clearly heard God ask, "Are you sure?"  Sonny's eyes quickly filled with tears as he replied, "Yes, as long as I know it's you, Lord."  That same week Rick Snavely sent Sonny an email saying he had a job and a home for Sonny at Family Life.  Less than a week later, and knowing exactly where he was heading, Sonny's fun-in-the-sun was over.  Hello Family Life Network and snowy Bath, NY!

Sonny is a proud husband to Nicole.  The couple has a daughter, Simone, and share a happy home with a rescued German Shepherd named Mimi.  Sonny's hobbies include rooting on his Pittsburgh Steelers and West Virginia Mountaineers.  Oh, and playing an occasional video game or two.  Some guys never grow up - that's our Sonny!

Justin Dix / Overnight Announcer | email

Every Sunday morning, Justin seeks to redirect thoughts from crying children, bleary eyes, and what to wear -- to the God of
Creation:  His goodness, greatness, and unconditional love.  Justin also can be heard every weekday after Midnight.  So when the baby makes demands at 3:00 am or when it's time to roll out of bed for a third shift, Justin is there with positive music and programs.

The perfect formula for peace and fulfillment is found in God's Will.  For Justin, that led to working in Christian radio and teaching college students how they could do the same.  It was a dream situation -- until one day the Lord began loosening the roots he'd put down in the Midwest.  Ron Hutchcraft likened it to a mother eagle "stirring the nest" preparing the eaglets to fly.  It was clear that God was calling Justin elsewhere to serve.  After praying and seeking direction, a phone call came from Family Life.  Rick talked of a vision:  of not just one station, but of building a network of stations that would minister and encourage. 

For fun, Justin reads books, collects old radios, and listens to podcasts.  He also dreams of restoring a 1938 Air King Radio and riding a train across the country. However, his greatest treasure apart from following Christ, is growing together with his wonderful wife, Diane... and watching God unwrap the adventure that lies ahead!

Natalie Stanfield / Production Director | email

Natalie serves as Production Director for the ministry. She supervises an incredibly talented team of writers/audio producers, writes copy, produces recorded audio pieces to air on the network, directs the Kids Corner, and hosts the Family Hour.

She is also a single mother blessed with four young men and is grateful that God sees fit to use her for ministry purposes to other single moms.

Natalie's love of writing and audio production lead her to be on the air as a DJ in order to allow her to do commercial work. Natalie spent over fourteen years in mainstream radio as a morning show and mid-day host, as well as Production Director. Natalie also received certification from the Radio Advertising Bureau as a Professional Commercial Copywriter. 

She left mainstream radio after the birth of her youngest son in 1996.  It was then she began using her talents solely for Christ, working for a small Christian station in Western Kentucky. That job lead to an audio production and on-air position at a national Christian radio network in Tupelo, MS before the Lord moved her and her sons here to Family Life in 2008. 

In her spare time, Natalie also does voiceovers for commercial, industrial narration, e-learning, and the "on-hold" marketing world.

Matt Jackson / Production Assistant | email

Matt works primarily in the radio department as a creative consultant and audio producer. He writes scripts for radio commercials as well as writing and producing Kid's Corner. Matt has been telling stories and creating adventures for as long as he can remember.

In high school, he wrote and performed skits and puppet shows for his church, which led to studying audio production and cinematography in college. God provided Matt an opportunity to join the team at Family Life in 2013 and he has enjoyed working in an environment that allows him to use his skills and intersts to serve God.

When not writing, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, making movies, acting, and singing. He is eagerly looking forward to what God has in store for him in the years to come because with God writing your script, you know you're in for an awesome adventure!

Tim Powers / Production Assistant | email

Tim can’t recall a time when he wasn’t trying to communicate something creatively. As a child, he and his brothers recorded their own “radio show” to cassette tapes, voicing their own goofy personalities and splicing in audio snippets of their favorite movie characters to create humorous “interviews.”  In high-school, Tim discovered a passion for digital sound by creating EDM (Electronic Dance Music - think “Blue” by Eiffel 65 or “Sandstorm” by Darude).  

It was this love that led him to pursue a degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media with an Audio focus at Cedarville University. While in the program, Tim’s interest in radio as a medium for creative communication grew strong. As a lifelong listener of Family Life, Tim excitedly secured an internship in radio production at the station, which he says “confirmed his love for audio production in Christian radio.”  After graduating from Cedarville, Tim accepted the title of radio production assistant at Family Life where he daily exercises his passion for audio production in ways that spread the good news of Christ.

Tim and his wife, Trinity, enjoy the simple things in life most: fellowship with family and friends, playing with their Australian Shepherd, and philosophical discussions about Anakin Skywalker’s fall to the Dark Side and Peter Parker’s moral obligations as Spiderman.  

Trudi Cook / Radio Assistant | email

Family Life's radio staff wouldn’t survive long without Trudi, our Jill-of-all-trades. She takes radio questions from listeners, coordinates programs and contests, and helps organize a couple of Family Life's annual events.

Trudi also acts as Family Life's traffic coordinator, a job that requires preparing quotations for non-profit organizations that want to do promotional spots on the radio network.

Previously, Trudi worked as a secretary for an assortment of small business in the Philadelphia area. While in Philly, changes in Trudi’s personal life coincided with God's call to relocate to New York to be closer to her family. Going on faith, she moved to New York, trusting that God would provide a job... and He did!

At that point, Trudi has been an avid listener of Christian radio for many years, so when the Lord opened the door to work at Family Life, she knew the Lord was in it. She marvels at how her experience gleaned from past jobs was just the training she needed to meet the needs of her diverse position at Family Life.

Trudi likes spending time with family and playing with her cats. She also enjoys crafting, sewing, and creating art.

Dan Kennard / Regional Underwriting Representative | email

Dan's job keeps him on the go as he works to build relationships with business people in Northwestern and Northcentral Pa., as well as in the Southern Tier of Western New York. Through these relationships, ministry-minded businesses have the opportunity to underwrite and sponsor Family Life programs. The most exciting part of Dan's job is hearing first-hand how God is working in the hearts and lives of those who come in contact with Family Life and its various forms of outreach. This truly is Christ's ministry!

Christian radio has been Dan’s life’s work. After completing his degree in broadcasting at Tennessee Temple University in 1988, he went to work full-time at WDBA-FM - a Christian radio station in DuBois, Pa. Dan served in many positions at WDBA, most recently as general manager. When the Lord entrusted Family Life with the ownership of WDBA (now WCOH) in October 2007, Dan was adopted into the Family Life family as a public relations representative, a position he held until the summer of 2010. After that, Dan taught history and Bible full-time to junior and senior high students. He also served on the administrative team of DuBois Christian Schools. Early in 2017, the Lord made it possible for Dan to re-join the Family Life team. 

To Dan, there is nothing better than spending time with his wife Diane, their two grown children, and their growing families. When they are not at home in DuBois, Pa, the Kennards’ favorite place to spend time together is Ocean City, N.J. Dan also enjoys sports (especially following the Pittsburgh Penguins), and teaching U.S. history.

Heidi von Ahn / Regional Underwriting Representative | email

Of all places to be saved, Heidi and her husband, Dieter, came to know the Lord while living in Las Vegas! From the day they met at Alfred College in NY, Dieter knew he would marry Heidi, but she didn’t see it. Good thing God had a plan!

After their honeymoon, Heidi moved to be with Dieter in Las Vegas where Heidi later worked as a wedding coordinator at Bellagio and then an entertainment/special events coordinator at The Regent Las Vegas (now JW Marriott). Heidi started at both properties before they officially opened -- how exciting! But the experience was nothing compared to working in Community Relations at Women’s Resource Medical Center, a crisis pregnancy center in Las Vegas. It was the most incredible experience watching the Lord bless this life changing ministry and the people it served!

As their family began to grow, Heidi, Dieter, and their young son, Brandon, moved back to Upstate NY. The couple worked for Heidi's family’s business for several years until a career change took her to a local retail store. As time passed, Heidi began missing the soul nourishing work she did at the resource center in Las Vegas. On her lunch breaks, Heidi would park her car by a relaxing view of the Chemung River and find refreshment as she listened to Family Life on the radio. It became a great way to share stories, thoughts, and laughter with her coworkers back at the store.

Then after praying and actively searching for a new job for two years, God opened the door for Heidi to work with Family Life, helping the ministry connect radio listeners with local businesses, churches, and organizations that share the same values.

Heidi is so thankful for the support from her husband, Dieter, and their two incredible boys, Brandon and Derek. Heidi says “her family shares a passion for the truth that we’re all able to be lights in this world. She cannot wait to watch God’s plan unfold during this new life-chapter, and to witness how he will stretch their light even further.”

Terry Miller / Underwriting Coordinator | email

Terry was raised in Attica, NY, and even though she didn’t grow up in a Christian home, the Lord had a great plan in mind for her future.

Terry’s mom spent much of her life searching for spiritual truth. When Terry was 12, her mom found a church and rededicated her life to Christ. Around that time, she decided her daughter should attend a youth convention called “Acquire the Fire.” Reluctantly, Terry went, but it was there she met the Lord, joined a youth group, and met her now husband, Steve.

Terry has loved musical theater ever since adolescence. In middle school, one of her friends introduced her to Phantom of the Opera. Terry was hooked. She and her sister would drive around singing the Copacabana soundtrack without a care in the world!

Later in her college years, Terry and Steve had a mutual friend tell them about Sight & Sound. The couple didn’t do much with the information except tuck it away. Two years later, and closing in on their wedding date, the pastor of their local church insisted they take time out to pray about their future together. The Lord brought Sight & Sound back to mind. Within a span of a few months, they both had job offers. The Lord was making their way.

After 14 years of employment at Sight & Sound working in production and stage management, the couple felt the Lord calling them back to their roots and family in Western New York.  The pastor from Terry’s mother’s church suggested she look at Family Life’s website to see if they had any openings – and here she is!

Terry works at Family Life as stage manager for the Performing Arts department and helps the radio ministry as an Underwriting Coordinator. She is “very excited for the opportunity to use her gifts and talents to work with these amazing two teams.”

Michelle Renew / Announcer

Michelle grew up in Irmo, South Carolina, but spent every summer and most Christmas vacations with her grandmother, Mimi, in Covington, Louisiana. Raised in the South, she’s been known to slip out a “y’all” every now and then.

Michelle’s career in radio started with an interesting story. It all began with a desperate prayer request. Her husband was on a mission’s trip in a country directly in the path of a massive hurricane. Once she heard the news, Michelle quickly asked her friends and family to pray for the team’s safety.

It wasn’t long until the phone rang. The program manager from 89.7 WMHK in Columbia, SC was on the line. They had received her prayer request, and the program manager had something he wanted to talk with her about. While in prayer, he had sense God wanting him to offer Michelle a job. She was shocked! She used to volunteer at WMHK but hadn't in some time.

Michelle graciously accepted the program manager’s offer - a position in Donor Relations. This quickly led to her being trained as the station’s mid-day host and that position launched Michelle's radio career!

(We haven’t forgot to mention… the Lord brought Michelle’s hubby and his teammates safely home to their families.)

Michelle has been married to her husband for almost half her life. They have a daughter who made them happy grandparents a few years ago. Michelle says “I had to upgrade my phone to have more space to hold all the pictures of my grandson!”

Gary Thompson / Announcer

Gary is originally from the great state of Oklahoma. His father was a pastor most of Gary's life. Consequently, Gary was in church every time the doors were open. After surrendering his life to Christ at 17, Gary felt the call to ministry. One week before high school graduation, he was hired by a local Christian radio station to man the controls overnight - a dream come true! Over 20 years later, God's faithfulness continues, and working with the Family Life team is part of that faithfulness.

Gary and his wife, Amy, have two girls, one boy, two dogs and a cat. Surprisingly, the animals leave less of a mess than the kids some days! Gary says, "It's a pleasure to be a part of the team at Family Life. The listeners are fantastic and the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing is such an honor."