By Grace King, Layout Editor
Born and raised in Illinois, Christian radio personality Brant Hansen is returning home – at least through his voice.
“The Brant Hansen Show” began playing on Shine.FM Nov. 3, and broadcasts on around 50 other stations as well. Hansen is on Shine.FM Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Fridays from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Hansen grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1991 with a journalism degree. He has broadcasted on stations all over the United States and recently finished a three-year tenure at Air1 Radio to pursue his next calling.
Now working for Cure International, a non-profit organization that helps people receive surgeries, Hansen is using his radio talent to spread the word about the organization.
Hansen is not paid for his radio shows, but continues to record because “I love talking about who God is and I love telling people what Cure [International] is all about,” he said.
Hansen holds nothing back from his listening audience, as he banters back and forth with his producer, Sherri Johnson, who began working with him at Air1. Hansen and Johnson broadcast from California, where they make content for different stations every day.
When beginning his radio career, Hansen worked for a station in Champaign, Illinois with now-Shine.FM morning host, Kurt Wallace. Wallace said Shine.FM has already received calls from listeners who were touched by Hansen’s show and that listeners tune into Hansen because people gravitate toward people who are real.
“I don’t find it hard to be so honest on the air. If anything I feel like I hold back sometimes because I don’t want to overwhelm people. I don’t know how else to do it,” Hansen said. “I had a friend tell me I have the worst poker face. I can’t mask it.”
Hansen and Johnson are still ecstatic and honored by every phone call they receive from listeners. Johnson said that time is the one thing you can’t get back, and if people spend their time listening to you, that means everything.
“The weird thing is, if we had five people listening, we would do the exact same show,” Hansen said. “It’s such a personal thing. We’re not performers. We have enough performers. People are looking for something a little more tangible, a little more real. They’re looking for hope.”
Hansen and Johnson continually rely God for every broadcast they record. Johnson said with a laugh,
“I don’t know if I’d trust me with a microphone; I certainly wouldn’t trust Brant.”
Hansen is excited to be on Shine.FM because, growing up in the Midwest, he feels like he relates well to the people listening.