Dan Sheldon is an on-air personality, DJ and self-proclaimed “all-around good guy” at WCTL. Dan has worked at WCTL since 2011 when he did his first shift during the Firecracker 500. Listeners can hear Dan Sheldon from 10-2 on weekdays, although he likes to “stir things up on the last hour of the Wake Up Call, as well.”
Dan was born and raised in Erie and graduated from East High School in 1990. He has worked at just about every local radio station, as well as holding various jobs in the area. Dan currently resides in Erie with his wife Jenn, who he finds to be the “most wonderful woman” and their two children. Dan adopted his wife’s daughter Kayla in 2010, and Dan and Jenn had a son, Glen, in 2009.
Q&A with Dan:
Favorite scripture verse:
Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (See my testimony below as to why this is my favorite).
Why radio? How did you get into radio?
I was born in 1971. In the late 70’s, I remember listening to the radio and really enjoying the music. By the 1980’s, my love was solidified. I would listen to the radio nonstop from the time I got home from school until the time I went to bed. I loved the music and the DJ’s and everything about radio! I would buy the hit records of the day and play them on my parent’s record player and pretend I was the DJ. I was working as a DJ at a country establishment. A lot of the DJ’s from the local country station would come there. One time one of them told me about an opening at the station. I called to set up an interview while I was at my day job. When I got home that day, there was a message on my machine saying “Never mind the interview, you have the job.” I started on overnight weekends.
What hobbies do you have in your free time?
I have been collecting records for as long as I can remember. I also love to watch professional wrestling (I know, I know). My dad got me into it in the early ’80’s, and now I take my daughter to the matches when they come to town. She loves it, too. It’s a daddy/daughter thing for us.
What is your favorite TV show from your childhood?
The Match Game!!! Gene Rayburn, Charles Nelson Reilly, Brett Summers and Richard Dawson! What’s not to love about that show? I loved the silliness of it all.
What do you love about working here?
As much as I liked working at the other stations, there is definitely a difference working here. The fact that it’s not just a job, but it’s a ministry. We care about our listeners and their salvation. I also like working for a single station building, where I feel like more than just a number.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
This will probably surprise you, but I wanted to be a Disc Jockey for as long as I can remember!
I want to share my testimony because I feel it can give hope to others who struggle with the same problem! I will try to stay honest without getting too graphic. For most of my adult life I was addicted to pornography to the point it was running my life, and it was all I ever thought about. This was before I was married or even knew my wife. One night while I was on the internet looking at inappropriate material, I heard a voice say to me, “This is not how you are going to be a good husband or father someday.” I later found out the inaudible voice was that of the Holy Spirit. I clicked off the internet that night and decided to get back to Jesus. A few months after that night, I went on a train ride in Titusville with my friends who are born-again Christians. We stopped by a restaurant in Meadville on the way home, and I just poured my heart out to them about my problem. My one friend said, “All you have to do is confess your sins to Jesus and accept him as your savior.” I said to her, “I think I just did that.” The walk hasn’t always been easy, but with God’s grace, it has been well over three years since I last actively searched out pornography. I take many steps to make sure it never comes back into my life, including accountability partners and a web tracker called Covenant Eyes. Without Jesus it never would have been possible! This was a very short version of my testimony. There was a lot more to it. If you have this problem too, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me for my complete testimony and for some addresses of websites that can help!