Jim Houser committed his life to Christ at six years of age. The grandson of a Pastor, Jim grew up in New Jersey with a passion for radio as a young boy, DJ’ing with his Mom and Dad as his audience, and a loyal listener of Casey Kasem each week. He faced a crisis of faith at age 16, upset with God at his father’s death. Houser attended Cedarville University to study broadcast production, and there God used mentors, friends, and His word to show Jim he could not outrun His love.
Houser’s career began in college radio and led to an opportunity with national Christian radio ministry, Focus on the Family. While editing Focus’ daily broadcast, Jim and two partners created a weekly syndicated Christian hit music show that quickly became an industry favorite airing in over 300 markets. Next, Houser joined Sparrow Records (now Capitol Christian) in radio promotions and advanced to marketing and artist development roles. Jim recruited to join Creative Trust and rose to Managing Partner, where he led the team to grow and support the careers of Steven Curtis Chapman, Mary Beth Chapman, Brandon Heath, Britt Nicole, and others.
In 2020, Houser became EMF’s first Chief Content Officer. Jim sets the strategic direction and oversees all content for the K-LOVE and Air1 radio networks, which currently broadcasts on more than 1,000 signals nationwide. Additionally, Houser leads EMF’s streaming strategy, oversees the AccessMore podcast platform, all marketing strategies including web, apps, social media, and the integration of EMF’s digital assets with its programming initiatives.
“Radio was my first love,” Houser shares, “and I’m humbled to have this incredible opportunity and join this stellar broadcast group. I’m excited to join the EMF executive team and thankful for the prospect of collaborating with, and serving, the Christian music community, advancing redemptive art and music.”
Jim and his wife, Sarah, live in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the CFO of a healthcare company. They have three children, sons Stephen and Grant, and their adopted daughter Katie. The Housers have been involved in racial reconciliation in their community and are adoption and foster care advocates.