Jae Williams, Director of Youth Ministries, makes sure the youth program doesn't feel like another day at school.
As a teen, Jae
wanted to be a singer, loved to dance, and started DJ-ing dances in the ninth grade.
first shot on the radio while helping his
grandfather clean radio stations.
loved watching the radio DJs at work.
listened to them talk into the microphone and watched them set up the records to play on the air.
But one night, the man on the air was drunk and the record he
was playing got stuck - playing the same phrase over and over.
Lucky for him, Jae
Romey's Alive and Kicking
"I had been watching this guy every time we came there so I knew how to do it," Jae
said, gesturing how to slide the record backwards to get just at the start of the song.
, who was 14 years old at the time, selected a Stevie Wonder album and set it up to start playing the song, "Signed, Sealed Delivered I'm Yours."
I know he's
gonna kill me because the manager didn't want anybody talking," Jae
made it perfectly clear that was not going to happen," Jae
says, 'I need to tell you something, boy,'" Jae
recalled, lowering his
voice to a deep baratone.
"What's that sir?
"Mad wears off," his
"I thought he
was trippin.' This was my time to shine in America.
This ain't wearing off," Jae
said, remembering that day.
The start of something big
So eventually the station manager called back and asked if Jae
could do DJ a gospel radio show on Sunday mornings.
grandfather said yes.
And that was the start of a prestigious 29-year career in radio.
is the executive producer and host of the number one urban inspirational talk show on WHKW 1220 AM titled "What's Up with the Church?