For the last 8 months, if you’ve listened to the SPIRIT 105.3 morning show, you’ve heard Tom & Ana kicking off the day (Tom Pettijohn and Ana Kelly) … but there is a season for everything, and of course, new seasons bring change.
We are incredibly grateful to both Tom & Ana for their willingness to share their talents—on the morning show up to this point—and now moving forward, in different areas. We are excited for Tom to continue in his off-air role of programming SPIRIT 105.3’s listener-supported music service, Pure Music Radio. This channel is hand-crafted music from across mainstream pop and rock genres, with music that has something solid to say about humanity and faith. And great news! Ana will continue on the SPIRIT 105.3 Morning Show. We’re eager for her to continue serving listeners each day.
If you’re a new listener to SPIRIT 105.3 let me pull back the curtain a little for you, so that you can see the larger story—some perspective on what this change means (and what it doesn’t mean). In 2017, SPIRIT 105.3 switched morning shows, from Steve & Amy, to Tom & Ana. This was for two reasons: 1) We desired a local, Seattle morning show (Steve & Amy originate out of Austin, TX, Tom & Ana are native Seattleites who live and work here in Seattle), and 2) syndicating a show to only two markets (Seattle and Austin) is an incredible investment of people and resources. In order for Steve & Amy to be able to focus completely on the success of their Austin show, we felt a change that would give them some relief from carrying both markets, was a good thing.
When we made that change, we knew that it would be a necessary step to help SPIRIT 105.3 transition from a syndicated morning show, to a fully local, Seattle-based morning show. Tom & Ana were excited at the prospect of helping the station get back to its roots of “Live & Local.”
We are currently in the middle of the hiring process to help build the next long-term SPIRIT 105.3 Morning team. Rather than speculate on what may or may not take place, and how things may or may not turn out, I’d just ask that you join us in prayer. God always knows all of our needs, and he is amazing at bringing the right people to SPIRIT 105.3, at the right time.
Thank you, Tom, for being a voice of hope and encouragement, these past few months. We love you. And Ana, thanks for continuing to inspire us and help us get our days started off on the right foot. You are amazing.
The complete SPIRIT 105.3 on-air lineup, is as follows (as of July 2, 2018):
6am-10am – Ana Kelly
10am-2pm – Sarah Taylor
2pm – 7pm – Sam Kelly
7pm – Midnight – Lifting Your Spirit
Overnights – Joe Michaels
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment below!
SPIRIT 105-3 Program Director