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AVE MARIA RADIO’S

Dedicated Team

Al Kresta

PRESIDENT AND CEO; HOST OF KRESTA IN THE AFTERNOON

Start Date: January 1997

Al Kresta is a broadcaster, writer and author who is, first of all, a missionary. He is President and CEO of Ave Maria Radio and host of Kresta in the Afternoon. He draws upon his unique faith background to create what is, arguably, the most fascinating — and most spiritually constructive — talk radio program on the radio today.Contact Al with questions on apologetics, doctrine, theology, or quandaries of a more personal nature.

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734.930.5201

Michael P. Jones

VICE PRESIDENT / GENERAL MANAGER

Start Date: July 2001

Mike oversees the day to day operations of Ave Maria Radio and enjoys working with each member of the team. He is the liaison for outside partners, vendors, the FCC and other government entities. He and the entire staff work to continually improve the production, outreach and tools provided by Ave Maria Radio to their listeners and members, with the goal being each person experiencing growth in their faith and a closer walk with God. Together, we will build the church and bless the nations. 

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734.930.5201

Cheryl Nael

OFFICE MANAGER

Start Date: March 1999

Having been with Ave Maria Communications since 1999 (Ave Maria Radio went on the air in 1996) I’ve lived a lot of its interesting history. What I enjoy the most is helping Listeners get resources to help them in their faith journey. A close second is telling people how they can listen to Ave Maria Radio when they aren’t in range of our radio signal in their home or on their car radio. Third would be suggesting to Listeners how to use our promotional materials to tell others about Ave Maria Radio. 

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734.930.5201

Steve Clarke

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Start Date: July 1997

Steve oversees all aspects of our Operations Department, both technical, and personnel. He also produces Food for the Journey, Fire on the Earth, Notes from Above, Church and Culture and MOST of the announcement you hear. Steve has been with Ave Maria Radio since 1997…only Al has been here longer. Contact Steve for information on reserving studio time and for technical assistance.

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734.930.3169

Gene Leger

GENERAL SALES MANAGER

Start Date: March 2001

Deacon Gene Leger has worked for Ave Maria Radio since 2001. He and his wife Sue have seven children and five grandchildren (2020). He is responsible for developing our Underwriting and Advertising Sales Partners. Give Gene a call if you would like to become a business partner too. Contact Gene with any questions regarding on air or online advertising.

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734.930.4536

Tony Gerring

DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT SERVICES

Start Date: February 2010

Contact Tony if you would like to make a donation or have any questions regarding your current pledge or donation or if you would like to update your address, phone number, email address, or other information in our records.

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734.930.4528

Scott Rouse

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/NEW MEDIA

Start Date: October 2014

Scott oversees all the video production, website content, mobile apps and analytics for Ave Maria Radio. He works closely with our partners in creating video content for their apostolates, businesses, and groups. Scott comes to us from Florida with his wife and two daughters, since moving he has had to get used to our cold Michigan weather.

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734.930.3182

Bryant Schoenle

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Start Date: September 2014

A graduate of Franciscan University, Bryant has worked on the Kresta team since 2014. He is particularly interested in Church history and current events. In his free time he enjoys working on the leadership team for Pine Hills Boys Camp and following the local sports teams. Contact Bryant with questions and comments on Ave Maria Radio content; program guest or topic suggestions; or further information about a guest or topic you heard on Ave Maria Radio

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734.930.3171

Matthew Handley

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Start Date: July 2020

Matthew is the Associate Producer of Kresta in the Afternoon. He started working in radio in 2017 as a DJ in North Carolina. He has studied Theology and Political Science at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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734.930.3164

Andrew Kruczek

PRODUCER

Start Date: June 2003

Andrew joined our team in September of 2003 and is the talented Producer of Catholic Connection and The Doctor Is In. Contact Andrew with questions and comments on program guest or topic suggestions or further information about a guest or topic you heard on Catholic Connection.

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734.930.3136

Dan McGraw

PRODUCER / AUDIO ENGINEER

Start Date: February 2013

Dan is the Technical Director for Kresta in the Afternoon, Producer for More2Life, Editor for Food for the Journey, A Place of Peace and Power from the Pews. Contact Dan with any questions about a guest or topic you heard on More2Life.

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734.930.3172

Erik Dumont

PRODUCER/TRAFFIC MANAGER/AUDIO ENGINEER

Start Date: January 2018

Erik is the Producer of our Day Sponsors. He is the Traffic Manager integrating all announcements (advertisements, underwriting and promotional spots) you hear on the radio into the programing flow. I work the board, call screen, edit, and work on various audio projects. I am particularly fond of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, video games, making funny videos, and writing stories inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien and Lord of the Rings

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734.930.4526

Melissa Florian

PRODUCER

Start Date: November 2018

Melissa is a radical lover of God. She is the Associate Producer of Epiphany and operates the board on Saturdays for Mast Appeal. She calls screens, voices spots, and updates the media archive. She willingly supports Steve Clarke and the Operations department in any way they need her. By God’s grace, she joins Cheryl Nael at 3pm daily to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. All are welcome to join us for this very special and important prayer. Contact Melissa if you have questions about Epiphany or have guest ideas.

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734.930.3183

Janna Schoenle

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH ANN ARBOR/DETROIT

Start Date: March 2018

As a Community Outreach Director, I promote Ave Maria Radio through parish outreach, community events, and the Care2Share program. I’m a clinical pharmacist with a background in mental health and addiction, so I understand and appreciate how programs on Ave Maria Radio can help people’s lives as they connect with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through our programs, and incorporate Catholic teachings into their everyday circumstances. Married with 6 children, I’m a parishioner at Christ the King, Ann Arbor.

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Tom Hornacek

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH SAGINAW/BAY CITY

Start Date: May 2018

In the summer of the year 2000, I learned my favorite sports station turned into Ave Maria Radio, a Catholic radio station, I didnt even know Catholic radio existed. Every time I tuned in, I learned what little I knew about the depth and beauty of our Catholic faith. Ave Maria Radio led me to an encounter with Christ through their programing, along with books, conferences, and mission work. Ave Maria Radio changed my life.

I consider it a great privilege to serve Ave Maria Radio as a Community Outreach Director and to anchor their Membership Drives. Knowing that every minute of every day somewhere in the world, someone is encountering Christ, just like I did. That is the great gift of Ave Maria Radio!

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