Meet the Contest Judges



AJ Michalka – Star of Grace Unplugged

AJ MICHALKA stars in GRACE UNPLUGGED, a moving and inspiring new film that explores the true meaning of success. She plays Grace Trey, a talented young singer and aspiring songwriter whose Christian faith and family ties are tested when she defies her worship-pastor father and pursues pop-music stardom in Hollywood.

Michalka has achieved her own musical success. As a member of Aly & AJ, the duo she formed with her sister when they were both teenagers, she released two hit albums and became platinum-selling recording artist. The sisters have regrouped under the name 78Violet and recently released a single, “Hothouse.”

Michalka, 22, has also acted in SECRETARIAT, THE LOVELY BONES and SUPER 8. She recently wrapped production on the independent feature film JESUS IN COWBOY BOOTS.


Bret Stevens – Radio Show Host

Bret Stevens is co-host of the Morning show with Bret & Sara. He’s been at Salem Communications since 2005.

Bret has worked on the air in radio stations since he was 16, and knew as a young boy that he wanted to be a Dee Jay. He began his broadcasting career in Walsenburg, CO. His job has taken him to Monterey, CA, Medford, OR, and Austin Texas. Bret’s voice can also be heard on radio and TV commercials throughout Colorado.

Bret’s main priority is his family. He’s the father of three and has been married to his wife Melissa since 1995.

Bret’s other passions include collecting comic books, writing comic books, long walks, movies, and eating chili fries. He also makes a “killer” guacamole dip.

He finds writing about himself in third-person is kind of strange.


Taylor Scott – Radio Show Host

What a gift to hang out with the “best listeners in the world every morning”. The goal of the show is to mirror the “welcoming heart of God”. We try to offer you a good laugh on your way to work too because life brings so many challenges and laughter is the best medicine. I’ve been doing mornings at the Fish since October, 2000. Kevin is the brother I thought I always wanted. LOL.


Doug Griffin – Radio Show Host

I was born in California, in Newport Beach.I grew up in the SF Bay area, in Northern California.One big year in my life was my senior year of High School.I spent that year in Minden, Germany as an exchange student.(Class of ’85).

I’ve been in radio since 1988, with many stations including KSOL (where I was Doug EE Fresh the traffic rapper) 6 years as “Jungle Doug” on KRTY/Country in San Jose, and 3 years on the syndicated “Doug & Connie / Doug & Karla” morning show.I also worked with our Christian music channels on XM Satellite Radio.

My favorite verse is Phil. 4:6-7 which in the “Message” reads “Don’t fret or worry.Instead of worrying, pray.Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down.It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”


Beth Bacall – Radio Show Host

I love raising my busy family, yep mutli-tasking in my middle name. However, I believe balance is key and taking time to ‘be still” is “not an option” I’m a self-proclaimed “foodie” always seeking out something new to cook or eat ….thankful that my Boot Camp workouts balance that out :) I love my Fish Family too! It’s so cool when you call, email, find me on Facebook or Twitter. I’m so honored to hear all about you, your kids, your life..the good, the not so good and the silly, really, thanks for blessing me more than you could know.


Tom Brown – Radio Show Host

Mr. Brown is a 30+ year radio veteran working numerous formats and stations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Stuttgart Germany, Texas and Arizona.

Tom started his Valley broadcast career in 1987 at KRDS playing Contemporary Christian music hosting ‘Tom Brown and the Smile Club.’ Tom started with Salem Phoenix in November of 2000 and has worked several positions including station engineer, commercial production and hosting weekday and weekend talk shows on both AM 960 KKNT and KPXQ 1360 AM.

Tom and his lovely bride Mary have been married since 1988. They have no children (unless you count the 50+ stuffed animals!) and attend Living Streams Church.


Joy Miller – Radio Show Host

I absolutely love God first and enjoy His awesome presence in my life! I grew up as a P.K. (Preacher’s Kid) and have loved God from a very early age. Thanks Mom and Dad!
Born a Hoosier, raised as a Buckeye and marrying a Wolverine has proven to be a unique building block of depth and texture especially on University of Michigan and Ohio State game days!
Now, living in Texas has added a fresh southern flair and awareness for “Hook-um Horns!” Having over 25 years of experience in Christian radio and television, I have enjoyed seeing God do marvelous things in media over the last couple of decades. Being a part of sharing His gospel through broadcasting and writing has been a joy and a call on my life since high school.


Brooke Taylor – Radio Show Host

Brooke Taylor is an eight-year veteran of the “Family Friendly Morning
Show” which she co-hosts with Len Howser. In addition to radio, Brooke
hosted the televised Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant, guest co-hosted WKYC’s
“Good Company” and has appeared on local and national commercial
campaigns. During her career, Brooke has interviewed such notables as
the Rev. Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Newt Gingrich, Raymond Arroyo,
Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, and many more.
Brooke often speaks to Christian groups and has emceed the Cleveland
National Right to Life Symposium, moderated political and religious
panels and has spoken at MOPS conferences and Christian women’s events.
Brooke and her Army Veteran husband Jim have five children: four sons
and a daughter they adopted from Poland. Brooke shares stories of her
day-to-day adventures, life as a special needs mom, her favorite
recipes, and prayers at her blog “The Sacred Sink.” Learn more at: