Thanks to my three young boys (Elijah, Maxwell and Isaac), you'll often find me busy peeling spaghetti off the wall or getting buried under piles of laundry! My pastor husband, Eric, and I LOVE our boys beyond belief. In fact, we love lots of kids. Over the past 16 years, we've worked in youth ministry, and while I've enjoyed summer camps and late night pizza, I never forgot what I said as a child in Council Bluffs, Iowa, 'I want to be the next Barbara Walters.' Okay maybe not the blond hair (I like being a brunette), but the interviewing part. I enjoy getting to know people - sitting down for a chat over cheesecake. With a degree in broadcast journalism, I tried radio, TV and Public Relations, and a decade ago God gave me the privilege of joining the team at K-LOVE. Now, I can chat with my friends and off-air I can sing to my best friend Jesus at the top of lungs! I am thankful that everyday I can live out God's promises in my life verses, Jeremiah 29:11-13: “'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.'"
If you are like most people, you're wondering if my name is real, and yes it is! Kankelfritz is a goofy and funny sounding name that was once sort of embarrassing. But over the years, I have grown to love it. One benefit is, I can spot a telemarketer a mile away! "Is Mr. kan-Ke, Kanker, uhhhh Kinkle-zits there?" I can honestly say, "He's not here," because, that's not my name! I grew up in Seattle, Washington, where you don't tan, you rust. I got my start in radio at a high school station, and then moved to tiny little Siloam Springs, Arkansas to attend John Brown University, a small Christian school. After college, I moved all over the U.S. working in about every type of radio station; country, rock, light rock, when finally I relented to God's plan for me in Christian radio. I am married to my super hero, Becky! She has given up her entire life to our family and its unique demands. About 10 years ago we had Abby Grace. Obviously, a new baby changes every marriage. But this change was a little more challenging because Becky would have a very difficult pregnancy, followed by Abby spending over a month in the NICU. Upon discharge, they diagnosed Abby as profoundly deaf, and soon after with cerebral palsy, and a visual impairment. She was also diagnosed with a heart defect, of which the Lord has healed her! We believe that God is still in the healing business and that she will be healed of the rest as well. Oh, and I can't forget our 4-year-old son Sam. He has a miracle story as well and at this age, he really is the head of the household.
10 Questions With Skip:
K-LOVE: First of all, thanks for taking the time to do this.
Skip:: No problem, happy to do so.
K-LOVE: Shall we get started?
Skip:: Yes, and that's you're first question
K-LOVE: Okay…what brings you to K-LOVE?
Skip: A 2006 Jeep…but seriously, after years in secular radio I got The calling. And when He taps you on the shoulder, you gotta answer.
K-LOVE: So this is your first ministry?
Skip: Yes. It's kind of a natural progression. I did country radio for decades and country is one of the only places on the radio where you are allowed…encouraged to have and show your faith. There are a lot of similarities in the personal values of the country audience and the Christian audience…God, country and family. Does that make sense?!?
K-LOVE: Absolutely. Tell us a little about yourself.
Skip: Is that a question?
Skip:: I'm a fun-loving left-hander who loves pizza and movies…see what I did there? Just seeing if you're paying attention. Really I'm just an average guy. I was born in Shreveport, grew up near Los Angeles. I'm a frustrated musician, a lousy athlete, I love movies, TV and eating what's generally bad for me. I have this obnoxious ability to remember all sorts of useless things. I'm not a sports geek but I do love baseball and football. I listened to a lot of radio…a lot!
K-LOVE: How did you get into radio?
Skip: It was the result of a friendly wager…
Skip: Yes, and that's a question…After a failed attempt at Seminary, I was studying political science and theater when my girlfriend at the time heard an ad for a broadcast school. She wagered me a home cooked fried chicken dinner that I would be accepted if I auditioned. Going to that audition was the second smartest thing I ever did.
Skip:: I married that girl. We have three grown kids and a dog…Franklin. Radio has given me this unbelievable opportunity to raise my kids all over the country. From LA to Tulsa to Tucson to Phoenix to St Louis to San Diego back to LA to Columbus to Tampa to Dallas. We're one move away from U-Haul Platinum status…if there is such a thing
K-LOVE: SO what's it like to be a member of the K-LOVE family?
Skip: That word right there; "family." From the moment I walked into the building, I've been welcomed with open arms. Everyone has been amazingly kind. And working with Amy and Kanklefritz is an absolute joy. They are two of the most genuine people I've ever met.
K-LOVE: What can we expect from the K-LOVE Morning Show with Skip Mahaffey in the mix?
Skip: My goal is to entertain...just make people laugh. There is so much negativity out there and I think the best way to spotlight the positive things in life is with humor. I take what we do very seriously but I don't take myself seriously at all. I believe we have to see the humor in our own flaws. Humor and sarcasm don't run in my family…they gallop. Laughter is one of God's greatest creations…along with butter. I'm also a big believer in celebrating the accomplishments of the common man. We need to shine His light on all those around us.
K-LOVE: I think that's a great note to end on, is there anything else you'd like to add?
Skip: Yes. I am deeply humbled and honored to be part of this K-LOVE ministry. I hope I don't let anyone down.
K-LOVE:: Thanks Skip…
Skip: You have one question left.
K-LOVE: I do?
Skip: Not anymore.