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.

Alex Perez, Community Relations



When did you meet Jesus? As I reflect back in my life, He has always been there even though I did not know him personally but it wasn’t until 2000 that I made the personal choice to accept Him as my Lord and Savior.
How long have you been in radio? Since the beginning of 2016 and loving every minute of it.
What inspires you? The end of the day, when I look back and see God’s imprint on my day.
What’s your role at Life:FM? Serving as God’s tool in making “matches made in heaven” as a Community Relation representative.
Who do you love? God, my wife, son and daughter and through Jesus my neighbors. Matthew 22:36-40
What makes you wake up in the morning? My phone and knowing I have a blank canvas to improve from the day before. I would love to say the smell of fresh brewed coffee but that is not the case.
Who’s your family? My beautiful wife, my Jedi son and yes, Jedi daughter. My Life FM and Miami Vineyard family.
What’s your favorite food? Wow, where do I begin but if there is one food I have consistently crave is a Cuban Frita ONLY from the best, El Rey de las Fritas.
Favorite band or music? Casting Crown because my life song is “Praise You in the Storm”, Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Chris Tomlin and Israel Houghton. In this position I have learned to expand my love for so many other bands like Crowder, For King and Country, Sidewalk Prophets, NF and Matthew West.
If you could travel to any place where would it be? Australia.
What’s your favorite season and why? Our so called Winter in Miami because I can drive my old convertible with the top down.
Favorite book? Other than the Bible? The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings collection.
What are you reading right now? Various textbooks for my journey as a proud psychology student at Trinity International University.
What’s your favorite movie? Other than the obvious blockbuster movies like the Star Wars sagas, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit, Matrix there is a surprise a musical movie called Grease.
First job? Working as a camp counselor at Centro Mater, a place that I see now was God sent.

Alexandra Perez, Office Manager



When did you meet Jesus? I have always felt His presence, but I gave my life to Him in 2000.
How long have you been in radio? 2 months!
What inspires you? God’s creation.
What’s your role at Life:FM? Office Manager
Who do you love? Jesus, my family, and I try to go by… “Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both” 1 John 4:21.
What makes you wake up in the morning? My husband, he wakes me up every morning… I’m not really a morning person.
Who’s your family? My husband, son and daughter, I can go on and on and on…
What’s your favorite food? I really enjoy eating, so it is hard for me to pick just one.
Favorite band or music? Music that allows me to worship God.
If you could travel to any place where would it be? Greece.
What’s your favorite season and why? I can’t pick between spring and fall.
Favorite book? The Book of Revelations.
What are you reading right now? The Biblical Metanarrative.
What’s your favorite movie? Romantic and inspirational movies.
First job? Working with my mom at her store.