Keith Stevens grew up in Northern NJ listening to legendary AM top 40 radio station WABC and dreamed of one day being on the air. At age 11, he started his own radio station from his basement and broadcast to the neighborhood; playing records, taking callers, and developing his skills! He later attended Westminster College and hosted his first CCM show called “Covenant” which won an award as the best Christian college radio show in the nation.
Keith graduated with a BA in Broadcast Communications and his dreams came true as he was hired at America’s most listened to station, Z-100! In the mid to late 1980’s, New Yorkers came to know and love Keith Stevens, as “Bubba”, on the Z-Morning Zoo with Scott Shannon. Keith says, “I went from being the “promotions kid”…to entertaining millions of listeners on the Z-Morning Zoo and hosting my own show on Z100 on the weekends! Not bad for a 22 year old kid just out of college.” Keith gave all his thanks to God for opening that door and letting him live his dream. But the journey had only just begun.
In the early 1990’s, Keith felt God’s leading for something deeper, which led him back into Christian Radio where he connected with his audience in a new and personal way, hosting Afternoons at WWDJ-AM, New York, where he later went on to Program Direct and host Mornings with Sharon Davis. Keith’s radio journey also led him to stops along the way at Y100 and “ALICE” 104.5 Philadelphia. He also developed Web Radio for Lucent Technologies while holding down weekends at Q104.3 –New York, classic rock. But all along, Keith trusted Christ as his savior, and still dreamed of a Christian Music FM for New York.
“I remember praying for an FM Christian Music station for NYC. People told me it would never happen!” “Never doubt God,” says Stevens. “He’s the Lord of the impossible!”
In late 2002, Keith Stevens was the first major air talent hired to help launch STAR 99.1, New York. For 8 years, the Keith Stevens “Family Friendly Afternoon Show” enjoyed high ratings as listeners poured their hearts out to him every afternoon. “Keith’s compassion and love for our city is so genuine. His impact is far reaching.” Keith also hosted the weekly show “Made for Worship” and served as Music Director and Assistant Program Director.
Keith Stevens has a vision to reach millions for Christ in our nation and the world. In November of 2010, Keith accepted a new call to become Program Director at KTIS Minneapolis/St. Paul. Keith says, “I am humbled to be given the opportunity to serve at KTIS. It is an opportunity that far surpasses anything I could imagine.” As Program Director, Keith is already impacting the Twin Cities for Christ in a huge way.
Keith and his wife Sue have 4 wonderful sons; Daniel, Matthew, David, and Thomas. (and two really cool black labs! “Buddy and Jake”) His joy in life comes from being a husband and a dad, and sleeping downstairs on the family room floor with the kids (and dogs) for “movie night!”
Listen to Keith Stevens every week on “Keep the Faith” as he shares stories about life and inspires you to live YOUR dreams!
Donna Cruz left mainstream radio about a decade ago, where she was a big deal in Minneapolis. Her career has spanned from rock and top 40 radio, plus she’s worked as an entertainment reporter and even took a spot on the set of VH1’s Rock Across America. But then God called her to Christian Radio – and she's never turned back!
Donna claims Texas as home but was born in California, then moved to Maine, Montana, then Canada, Texas, New York, back to Texas, Germany, back to Texas, (see a pattern here?), then to Minnesota, South Florida, Nashville and now lives in Austin (yes, Texas, again). And, fyi, Dad was in the military!
Donna has a passion for helping homeless men, women and children. She and a handful of friends founded a homeless ministry in 2009 called "People Loving People". In addition to co-hosting KeepTheFaith, Donna also hosts "Afternoons with Donna Cruz" on Spirit 105.9 in Austin, Texas.
Join Donna as she shares stories of hope, comfort, and encouragement each week on Keep The Faith.
“Heart of Worship” On-Air Contributor
Dan Wilt, M.Min. is a "storyteller of spirituality." As a pastor, worship leader, artist and author, his life's work is to communicate important ideas about the worshiping life in a variety of creative ways–including through books, music, media, radio, teaching and poetry. He has pastored for over two decades, and continues to train worship and creative leaders in churches, university settings and through his online training media at WorshipTraining.com.
With over 20 years of ministry experience, Dan brings a uniquely powerful and broad view of worship to the 21st century Church spanning themes of personal devotion, battling fear, living justly, caring for the vulnerable, rising above depression, worshiping through music and art, and more. Seeing great mystery and majesty in the mundane activities of life, he cares about helping Christians and non-Christians understand what the worshiper's life is all about–through the telling of simple, hopeful, every-day stories.
Dan lives with his wife Anita and three children Anna, Abigail and Benjamin in Franklin, TN, USA.
"The Heart of the Story" On-Air Contributor
Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist. There are more than 25 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen’s recent dozen titles have all debuted at or near the top of the New York Times Bestseller’s list. She is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen lives and works outside Nashville, Tenn., with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom were adopted from Haiti. Also living nearby is their only daughter, Kelsey, an actress in inspirational films and married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. For more information visit www.karenkingsbury.com. Karen is also on Facebook and Twitter, where she regularly interacts with nearly half a million reader friends.
Karen is best known for her Life-Changing Fiction™ and for creating unforgettable characters. When speaking before women's groups – some with more than 10,000 in attendance – Karen makes audiences laugh and cry with her compelling story-telling. She likes to tell attendees they have, "One chance to write the story of their lives," and her talk focuses on reminding women to live every day loving well, laughing often, and finding true life in Jesus Christ. Karen routinely speaks before more than 100,000 women each year. You can hear Karen's segment "The Heart of the Story" every week on KeepTheFaith.