Interview With Moody Radio South’s Martin Houston Airs Thursday

This Thursday and Friday, I will be interviewed by Pastor Martin Houston, a University of Alabama alumnus, on Moody Radio South about partnerships and alliances as part of a weeklong series “For Such A Time As This.”

This Thursday, I’ll make a return to morning radio after more than a  20-year absence.

I have fond memories of doing morning radio news and interviews for a now-defunct all business news station back in my hometown of Richmond, Va. in 1992.

Though the station changed formats and my first full-time job after college was eliminated,  God had something bigger and better in store.

So I was thrilled to receive the invitation from Martin J. Houston, co-host of Moody Radio South’s “New Day Cafe,” to be interviewed about the value of partnerships and Christian alliances as part of a weeklong series “For Such A Time As This.”

I had no idea what would happen late last month when I walked into a North Tuscaloosa radio studio for the interview.

That’s when I first met Houston, who was not only part of the 1992 National Championship Alabama Crimson Tide football team, but also a local pastor here in Tuscaloosa.

After praying together, Houston and I started the interview  about partnerships and alliances and the interview went on and on.

I didn’t have a prepared script or any “talking points.”

Our conversation was so long that Houston is airing it in two parts this Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 at 7:40 a.m. 

If you’re in Tuscaloosa, you can listen over the air at 88.9 FM or listen online via Moody Radio South’s Web site.

“For Such A Time As This”

This week’s series of interviews is based on a passage of scripture in the fourth chapter of Esther (4:14).

While the segment was about the value of partnerships and alliances like the ones that I have been able to forge between my classes at the University of Alabama and local community groups and churches, I believe a new professional relationship was born just in that interview.

It’s always great any time I meet one of our thousands of outstanding Alabama alumni.   But, to connect with Pastor Houston, one who is about the same age as I and yet has accomplished so many great things in his ministry, was extra special.

Empact4Life is the ministry of Martin J. Houston, a star football player in the Southeastern Conference who played on Coach Gene Stallings' 1992 National Championship team. In addition to co-hosting the morning show, New Day Cafe on Moody Radio South, Houston leads a men's Bible Study at Tuscaloosa's First Wesleyan Church.

Alliances and April 27, 2011

In talking about the University of Alabama’s community engagement efforts, I had to reference how alliances we built before and after the April 27th EF-4 tornado that came through Tuscaloosa influenced the teaching and learning we’re doing in the classroom.

Little did I  know that the place where Houston’s brand new church started meeting last Easter was swept away days later in the April 27th storm.

The story of Houston and his Catalyst Community Church was included in at least one local news account back in December.

Now Pastor Houston is leading men’s Bible Study at First Wesleyan Church, where the members of his new church have united in a way they probably would never have conceived of a year ago.

The words “For Such A Time As This” can have lots of different meanings to those us who realize our jobs and careers are mere tools for what God purposes to do in and through our lives.

Going behind the radio microphone again after 20 years is great,  even if just for a single interview.

But even greater than the radio experience is watching how God can forge new alliances and relationships in a way we never thought possible.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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