President / CEO
Tracy has been passionate about Christian radio since childhood. He was born one month after WEEC started broadcasting, listened to the station at his home in West Liberty every day, all day, and he was creating radio dramas complete with sound effects by age 7. He dreamed of returning to the station he loved as an announcer one day, but he had no idea how much God had in store for his life.
He earned a degree in Radio Production and Broadcast Management from Liberty University to help him pursue his passion, and he landed his dream job as afternoon announcer on WEEC in 1988. Later, he succeeded Mike Maddex as General Manager, and in 2011 he became the CEO of Strong Tower Christian Media, the parent organization of WEEC and WFCJ. Tracy also serves on the Board of Directors for The Rock Radio Network, a mission radio network in Puerto Rico, and thanks God for a career beyond his wildest dreams.
Vice President of Radio Operations
Jeff has over 30 years of experience in American Christian Media, but the kicker is that he is a Canadian from southern Ontario! He graduated from Moody Bible Institute and started his career as the Director of Radio Production at In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley. After that, he managed stations in Michigan and Colorado, became the Senior Manager at Briargate Media/Focus on the Family, and served as the Director of Client Services at Walter Bennett Agency. To add to all of that, Jeff currently serves as our Vice President of Radio Operations.
He is married to Anne and has five children–three from his first wife Ruth Ann, who died of brain cancer in 2003, and now Thomas, and Michael. “Strong Tower’s commitment to the spoken word radio content along with music is one reason I’m here! Also, serving alongside some wonderful and talented people helps me grow each day.”
Vice President of Development
Cristy began her full-time development work as a part of the STCM Executive Team on February 8, 2016. She is professionally trained and experienced in leadership, business, education, and ministry development. Her education degree is from Tennessee Temple, and she is certified by John C. Maxwell as a coach, trainer, and speaker.
Cristy’s understanding of the value of Christian radio began in the late 1970’s when her husband Ken worked at WFCJ and then later when they both worked for its television ministry in Springfield, WTJC-TV 26. “I love this ministry and thank God for the incredible blessing of serving Him here again. My desire is to add value to our staff and to serve and build relationships with our wonderful listeners and supporters.” Cristy has been married to husband Ken for over 40 years, whom, along with their 4 married adult children and 11 amazing grandchildren, she dearly loves and enjoys.
Vicki grew up in the Kansas City area and came to Christ as a young teen. She attended Liberty University in Virginia, where she met her husband Tracy on a singing team. She graduated in 1985, and they married ten days later. Vicki officially joined the staff of Strong Tower Christian Media in 2011 as Executive Assistant. Her primary role is to provide administrative support to the Executive Team. She enjoys interacting with listeners, volunteers, and donors. Prior to 2011, she worked in the field of Christian Education for sixteen years. She says, “The environment here is a lot different from teaching school, but it’s so exciting to see firsthand what God is doing in the lives of our listeners through the ministries of WEEC & WFCJ.” Tracy and Vicki have three grown children and one grandson.
JumpStart Host / STCM Production & Studios Manager
Ryan Freed first got into radio while attending Cedarville University. Since graduating in 1998 with a degree in communications, he has worked for Cox Broadcasting in Dayton, 880 WRFD in Columbus, and founded WCYC-LP, a low power radio station in London, Ohio, which he managed for 4 years. Ryan has been with WEEC since 2006, serving as co-host on JumpStart, the Production and Studios Manager, and executive producer for the station’s annual SHARE fundraisers.
STCM Music Director / WEEC Afternoon Drive Host
Daryl grew up in a little town in northeast Ohio called Andover. He graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and while there felt God leading him into Christian radio. While at MVNU, he met his wife Julie, who also works in Christian radio. Daryl and Julie have two children, Spencer and Regan. After graduating and running the NVNU campus radio station, Daryl left to help put WNLT in Cincinnati on the air. He later joined STAR 93 (WAKW) in 1992 and worked there until 2014. Daryl began his fulltime work at STCM in October of 2014. Daryl says he “loves working for STCM because of their passionate focus on ministry.” You can hear Daryl Pierce in the afternoons on 100.7 every weekday.
Jon Skillman started in radio with WEEC in 1965, while he was a student at Cedarville College. After being stationed in Fort Greely, Alaska, and serving with Armed Forces Radio and Television, he eventually worked his way back to the Midwest with stops at WCMR in Elkhart, Indiana, WBCL in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the CDR Radio Network out of Cedarville College. He returned to Alaska, managing KYKD in Bethel, before returning to where it all began. Jon can currently be heard Monday through Thursday nights beginning at 6 p.m.
STCM Receptionist and Office Manager
If you have ever called WEEC/WFCJ, you might have wondered who you were speaking to. Meet Cathy Ackley, our Receptionist and Office Manager. She came to WEEC years ago when she and her husband Steve moved to Springfield to be closer to their church. She heard there was an opening at her favorite station and started working in 1983. She left a couple years later to be a full time mother, only to return to Strong Tower Christian Media 21 years later. She says, “I was so thankful to be able to return after my kids were grown, I consider it a joy to work for the Lord in the ministry here.” Today, Cathy and Steve have two grown children, a granddaughter, and a grandson.
STCM Graphic Designer / Social Media Manager
Lauren is busy using her gifts and skills to advance the kingdom work at Strong Tower Christian Media! Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, Lauren and her younger sister were raised in West Virginia by Pastor Mark and wife, Valarie Pyles. She always knew she wanted to be an artist, aspiring to someday work for Disney. When she began studying at Liberty University, God changed her direction and grew within her a passion for logo design and branding. She graduated in 2013 with a degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Studio Art. In October of that same year, she was hired “completely by God’s sovereign & perfect timing” by Strong Tower Christian Media as the Graphic Designer. Her duties include serving as the WEEC and WFCJ Social Media Manager, designing all of the ministry’s graphics, logos, etc., managing/designing both websites, as well as preparing the occasional e-mail newsletters sent out by each station. Lauren says she “is looking forward to continuing the brainstorming of brand new ideas that engage & equip the community with the online media our listeners encounter daily via Strong Tower Christian Media.”
STCM Financial Specialist
Patti joined the staff at STCM in November, 2016. She grew up in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and came to know Christ as her Savior at the age of four. She has been married to Steve for 35 years, and they have three adult married children and eight grandchildren.
Patti’s desire has always been to serve Christ wherever He leads her. She comes to Strong Tower with 25 years of experience as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper. She is excited that God has led her here and is looking forward to seeing how He will use her in this ministry of reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ.
STCM News and Listener Engagement Director / WFCJ Afternoon Drive Host
Ken has over 30 years of professional experience in secular and Christian radio and television as a news and sports director, anchor, announcer, reporter, and program host. Ken began his broadcasting career in Chattanooga at WDEF-TV, after graduating with a degree in broadcasting from Tennessee Temple University. Ken moved to Dayton in 1978 to work for Miami Valley Christian Broadcasting at TV 26 in Springfield. His face became even more familiar when he joined WDTN-TV2, spending several years as assistant sports director under Omar Williams and later spending another 14 years as a Fox 45 news anchor and host of their weekly public affairs program “In the Area.” “God is so merciful and good to bring me back to Christian radio at WEEC & WFCJ. I love this ministry, our dear listeners, and the wonderful communities we serve.” Ken has been married to Cristy for over 40 years. They are the proud parents of four adult children and eleven grandchildren.
John has been working in radio for over 45 years, but he started working at WFCJ in 1984. He has helped with several transitions and lots of new technology. John experienced his biggest radio engineering challenge when The Source moved from Miamisburg to join its sister station WEEC in Xenia. He supervised the relocation and set up studios for both stations in the new location, and currently serves as the Chief Engineer for Strong Tower Christian Media. When he isn’t working, John enjoys time with his wife Kathy of over 40 years, two sons, and six grandchildren. He has also helped develop radio programs in other parts of the world.
STCM IT Manager
Jesse Diller joined the Strong Tower Christian Media team in December of 2012. Before becoming the IT Manager for WEEC and WFCJ, Jesse served at Rosedale Bible College in central Ohio, of which he is an alumnus. He helped design and start a new department of Online Education, as well as serving as a Webmaster and IT Specialist. Jesse also has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to that, Jesse worked as a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, where he worked with patent applications dealing with Computer Memory Circuitry and Architectures.
Marketing Consultant & Sales
Kelly O’Brady became a Christian while in college and has since used her creative gifts for God’s glory in a multitude of ways. Over the years she has dabbled in theatre and comedy, been a weekend radio announcer and disc jockey, served as a public relations specialist in the National Guard, and had the happy job of full-time mom. Kelly and her husband have four children and four delightful grand-babies. She currently serves as Marketing Consultant and a Sales Representative for STCM. She’s looking forward to this new journey, meeting more listeners and business owners in the area!
Kelly St. James
Kelly’s relationship with Jesus is her number one priority and her first calling is to be a mother and is blessed to have three young adult children!
She has been working in radio broadcasting since high school and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Northern Kentucky University. She has worked in Cincinnati radio for over 35 years with 19 of those being in Christian radio. Her experience includes research projects, event management, promotions, on air, business development, ministry relations, and volunteer coordinator. She is very excited about her new roles with STCM and is looking forward to meeting listeners, ministries, and business owners in the listening area.