STAR 93.3 Air Staff
Spouse - My husband and I met in college, at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, while working at the school's radio station, WNZR.
Kids - My son, Spencer, is in college at MVNU and my daughter, Regan, is in high school. Not surprisingly, they both love music!
Pets - I love dogs, and we've had several pets through the years, from dogs, to hamsters and even some kind of tiny frogs, and all of them had names of characters from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (ha), but at present, we have no pets. That is always "subject to change"!
Testimony - I probably have one of the least dramatic testimonies you'll ever read. I'm a "Pastor's Kid"...you know...a "PK". But I'm not one who ever rebelled or got "crazy" with my newfound freedom once I left home. I have definitely done a few things that I know God was not too pleased with, but nothing "tabloid worthy"...ha. I was young when I accepted Jesus as my Savior, and as a teen, I recommitted myself to Him. I've had painful experiences and disappointments in my life, and have been in more than one â€˜pit of despair', but God always, always, ALWAYS pulls me out! So many times I've felt anxious about my circumstances, but He gets me through it or out of it, or just turns the whole thing around in a surprising way, that, once again, makes me realize I have no reason to ever doubt Him!
About DONNA CRUZ...
In 2002 Donna left mainstream radio in Minneapolis to begin a new chapter in her career in ministry radio.
"I have worked in rock and top 40 radio, was an entertainment reporter and even took a spot on the set of VH1's Rock Across America.
I was born in California and have had the opportunity to live and visit all over the world. If I could take another trip anywhere it would be back to Brazil to visit with the families and children there. Plus the authentic Brazilian steakhouses aren't bad either!God has walked me through some pretty incredible life events and I look forward to sharing those stories with you and hearing YOURS!" ~ Donna
Director of Programming
Spouse - I met my wife Christie back in pre-school. I told my mom one day when she picked me up from school that I was going to marry Christie one day... and I did! Our anniversary is February 6, 1999!
Kids - We have 4 amazing kids! Two girls and two boys...Ashley 19, Taylor 16, Austin 12 and Michael 8
Pets - We have an over sized weenie dog - Snickers! He's not fat... he's just well loved!
Testimony - I grew up in church, but it wasn't until I met my wife Christie that I realized that I could have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I always believed in God, but never realized I needed to confess my sins and ask him into my heart. I grew up very much thinking that the harder I worked at pleasing God and trying to obey his commandments, the more likely I was to make it into heaven. My wife helped me understand that it's not about works. It's about having a personal relationship with Him and simply asking Him to live in you heart and forgive your sins!
Delilah, the most-listened-to-woman on radio in the U.S., embraced the medium when she was a middle-schooler in Reedsport, Oregon, reporting school news and sports on KDUN-AM, a small station in her hometown. Delilah's soothing voice, open heart and love of music have expanded her audience from the folks in Reedsport to more than eight million weekly listeners on more than 200 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. Delilah, who celebrated the 25-year anniversary of her nighttime radio program in 2011, was honored at the Alliance of Women in Media's 37th Annual Gracie Awards Gala where she took home the trophy for "Outstanding Host - Entertainment/Information."
Her distinctive blend of story-telling, sympathetic listening and encouragement - makes her top ranked in most markets among women 25-54.
Delilah says her show is a "safety zone where listeners take off their armor, slip into a â€˜Mr. Rogers' cardigan, sit around the electronic hearth and share their secrets."
She adds that her audience is "just like me and the two women working on the show, who were once listeners. We are single parents who work hard to strike a balance between family and work life. We also enjoy our friendships and remember to laugh as much as possible."
Often referred to as the "Oprah of Radio," Delilah is also the author of three books, including "Arms Full of Love," which was released Sept. 25. Published by Harlequin Books, it features a poignant and emotional collection of heartfelt listener stories and Delilah's own tales that demonstrate the importance of family.
As a single mother of 13 children, 10 of whom she adopted, Delilah has established a foundation called Point Hope as a voice for forgotten children everywhere. The immediate focus of the Foundation is on refugee children in Ghana and on special needs children in the foster care system nationwide and in her neighborhood of White Center in Seattle. Delilah also recently partnered with Feed The Children, an international non-profit relief organization which distributes food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to those in need. Delilah has joined the effort to help provide food and necessities to hungry children in America by raising awareness of the heartbreak of hungry children with her millions of nightly listeners.
In addition to a passion for children and radio, Delilah is devoted to music because "it touches the heart the way nothing else can." Her father had a Country-Western band, and her brother played in a Jazz band. Though she writes lyrics, she cannot sing. Delilah says, "I always wanted to be a performer, but I can't sing, dance or act. Luckily, I found I could talk!"
Delilah, loves her work "because it has allowed me to bring together a distinct community of people who reach out to help one another. We don't try to fix people. We listen. We sympathize. We empathize. If the show has a message, it's listen to your own gut. Trust your own intuition. Go where it leads. Don't give up."
Daily broadcasts, caring for her children, running a foundation, writing books, traveling and public speaking add up to a very busy life for Delilah. And she wouldn't have it any other way.
Assistant Program Director
Favorite Scripture - Proverbs 17:22 "Laughter is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired."
Weakness - Kryptonite
If I were in the Bible I'd be - Peter. Always talking before thinking. Still working on that.
Testimony - I've been in church since I was an infant. Fortunately, in recent years I have finally thrown off the religion that weighed me down and found a real relationship of my own with God. If you haven't found that freedom and security yet I encourage you to talk to Him outside everything someone else has told you that God is and get to know Him for yourself!