Staff

Chip Lusko, General Manager



When did you meet Jesus? 1977
How long have you been in radio? A very long long longtime
What inspires you? The Kingdom of God
Whatʼs your role in Life:FM? Servant Leader, I hope
Who do you love? Everyone
What makes you wake up in the morning? Fear of not waking up
Whoʼs your family? A growing bunch of Lusko’s!
Whatʼs your favorite food? Banana Pancakes with real syrup
Favorite band or music? Chris Tomlin & Motown
If you could travel to any place where would it be? Tahiti
Whatʼs your favorite season and why? You are asking this question in Florida? Seriously.
Favorite book? Is this a trick question?  The Bible
What are you reading right now? Onward by Howard Schultz
Whatʼs your favorite movie? Gladiator, Passion of the Christ
First job? Taking care of horses

Donna Jean Matthews, Operations Manager



When did you meet Jesus? I met Jesus when I was six years old.
How long have you been in radio? Off and on for a number of years! My first job out of college was at a local station here in Miami where I worked for about two years.
What inspires you? The Lord gives me my inspiration!
Whatʼs your role at Life:FM? I am the Operations Manager and Morning Show host.
Who do you love? I love Jesus and my family!! And of course I have some great friends that I love as well.
What makes you wake up in the morning? I have been blessed to love what I do as far as a career so I love getting up in the morning to head to the studio to share God’s love with my listeners.
Whoʼs your family? I have three wonderful adult children….Andy, Daniel and Kelly. And my mom lives with me. My sister Linda lives in Punta Gorda with her husband John and I have a sister-in-law Sara and two adorable nephews, Jordan and Matthew.
Whatʼs your favorite food? Almond butter!!
Favorite band or music? Wow, there are so many but….Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, Nate Meyst and the Rebel Band and Seabird are all great in my book!!
If you could travel to any place where would it be? I would love to travel to England. A lot of my ancestors were from there so I would love to see that country!
Whatʼs your favorite season and why? I love summer. I guess that’s because I grew up here in South Florida and spent numerous hours at the beach and the summer is just a great time for soaking up our great South Florida sunshine!
Favorite book? Of course it’s the Bible but after that one of my favorites is In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. In fact I’m reading it again right now!
What are you reading right now? In His Steps
Whatʼs your favorite movie? “What About Bob?” Laughter is great medicine and whenever I need a laugh I pull out this movie. I know it’s not very profound but it’s my favorite!
First job? First job was babysitting. My sister Linda and I were the neighborhood babysitters. My first job in radio was at WIOD here in South Florida. I was a producer for some of the “Great Entertainers” as they were called back then including Larry King who was a local guy at the time.

James Sheppard, On-Air Host/ Operations



When did you meet Jesus? Hot Summer of 1985
How long have you been in radio? 14 years
What inspires you? Stories about overcoming!  Always inspirational!
Whatʼs your role in Life:FM?  Afternoon Host & Assistant Operations
Who do you love?  My beautiful wife!
What makes you wake up in the morning?  5:30am alarm
Whoʼs your family?  Candace (wifey) & Leia (Daughter).
Whatʼs your favorite food?  Carrot Cake & Cheese Cake Factory Avocado Eggrolls
Favorite band or music?  It changes constantly, but right now it’s Gungor & The Rep
If you could travel to any place where would it be? US Virgin Islands (or the Bahamas)
Whatʼs your favorite season and why?  Fall.  Because of my birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas!  And all the good food!
Favorite book?  My favorite book is Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes
What are you reading right now?  The Book That Made America by Dr. Jerry Newcombe
Whatʼs your favorite movie? The Count Of Monte Cristo
First job?  Risk Management File Clerk for The City of Miami

Ken James, On Air Host



When did you meet Jesus? 1971
How long have you been in radio? 32 years
What inspires you? My family inspires me and the opportunity to help young people.
What’s your role in Life:FM? Maintaining the overnight air shift and making sure all teaching programs are accounted for in our programming system.
Who do you love? Besides God, I really do love everyone. My family is the most important.
What makes you wake up in the morning? Another opportunity to “get it right”. Trying to get closer to what God would have me be and not miss the mark.
Who’s your family? I have several families; my immediate family, my true friends, my church family, my Life FM family and my Calvary family.
What’s your favorite food? I absolutely love seafood.
Favorite band or music? Jazz
If you could travel to any place where would it be? I actually love Maui
What’s your favorite season and why? Summer, because I do not like cold weather
Favorite book? The Power of a Praying Husband by Stormie Omartian
What are you reading right now? The Help
What’s your favorite movie? Pursuit of Happiness
First job? Dishwasher at the House of Ale in New Orleans in 1975!

Joann Patricoff, Underwriting



When did you meet Jesus? Heard Key Life and Steve Brown on WMCU in 1987/88 and would listen each morning. Although I was a Catholic believer, I did not feel like I had a personal relationship with Christ. In April, 1989 I made the decision to trust Christ and believe He died for my sins and is my personal savior.
How long have you been in radio? Worked part time at 89.7 WMCU in 1996 and came on full time in 1997 until they went off air in 2007.
What inspires you? Stories that ask us to be better than we think we can be and people that do it.
What’s your role in Life:FM? Underwriting
Who do you love? My family, friends and pets
What makes you wake up in the morning? I usually wake up myself, sometimes the dogs or cat does.
Who’s your family? Husband Pat, step children, Lisa, Eddy and Terry and our pets, Fritz, Elkie and Willow
What’s your favorite food? Italian and Chipolte Grill’s veggie salad with their salad dressing
Favorite band or music? Casting Crowns, Third Day, Beatles, Motown and R&B
If you coud travel to any place where would it be? Italy and the Holy Land
What’s your favorite season and why? Fall, great temperatures and right before Christmas Season
Favorite book? Other than the Bible, Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Caves, Hollow Hills and subsequent books.
What are you reading right now? The Prodigal God, The Screwtape Letters, Jane Eyre
What’s your favorite movie? Lots of them – but probably “Gone with the Wind’ is all time favorite
First Job? Working for a land company who developed Cape Coral, Florida.

Rosa Gonzalez, Community Relations



When did you meet Jesus? I was 8 years old.
How long have you been in radio? 3 weeks, not kidding…
What inspires you? The fact that I have something to rely on: Prayer!
What’s your role at Life:FM? Community Relations and Underwriting
Who do you love? I love God, my husband, my children, my parents, my in-laws, this country… and I love you, too.
What makes you wake up in the morning? The fear that my 8 year old is going to take my 18 month old out of his crib and fall on him. No, but really, they are the reason I wake up in the morning and I am humbled by God’s grace that He would choose me to be their mother. My husband and I could sleep all day! ;)
Who’s your family? I am married 11 years with 3 kids, my parents live in Miami and I have wonderful friends in many places who I love dearly and would like to recruit them to be part of my family.
What’s your favorite food? Lentil Soup and CHOCOLATE anything.
Favorite band or music? I still love to listen to DC Talk. I also like the David Crowder Band, Rebel Band, Adriam Lobaina and I absolutely love these two ladies: Sarah Kelly and Yadira Matos. I also like Spanish folklore and other native sounds from the Andes.
If you could travel to any place where would it be? Machu Pichu (Peru), OCC Distribution Trip anywhere in Latin America.
What’s your favorite season and why? Summer, because Miami is an endless summer, except for that one day in January that it gets cold (like 75) and I send my kids to school in parkas.
Favorite book? Rebel with a Cause, Franklin Graham, and Island of the Blue Dolphin, because it was the first book I ever read cover to cover as a child.
What are you reading right now? The Bible!
What’s your favorite movie? I’m stuck on this one, let me get back to you…
First job? Marketing at Kodak.

Jennie Hernandez, Office Manager



When did you meet Jesus? He’s been pursuing me all my life…But then in 2008 is when I realized I could not live life without Him and have been His ever since and will be forevermore!
How long have you been in radio? 3 months…
What inspires you? Only God really, because even if it’s people, the real source of their act is God. (Even the dictionary says “to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration”)
What’s your role at Life:FM? Office manager
Who do you love? Jesus, family, friends and anyone God puts in my path and tells me to love…which actually is everyone!
What makes you wake up in the morning? I wish I could say something profound, but it’s only the alarm clock, which I seem to think is a person because I get mad at it each morning
Who’s your family? My favorite person and husband of 26 years, three adult children, three grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 1 daughter in law, 1 son-in-law and two dogs.
What’s your favorite food? Seafood, especially smoked salmon and sushi
Favorite band or music? Hard to choose just one…Shachah, Third Day, Chris Tomlin, Dominic Balli
If you could travel to any place where would it be? Aruba
What’s your favorite season and why? The season called Miami. I don’t like cold.
Favorite book? The Shack
What are you reading right now? These questions…
What’s your favorite movie? Braveheart
First job? Babysitting