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Life with Jerry Williams

Life with Jerry Williams

By Jerry Williams
Radio veteran and author Jerry Williams shares what's been on his mind and his heart. Commentary on what's in the news, politics, baseball and more with a spiritual twist. Jerry also features occasional interviews.
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A Quick Recap

Life with Jerry Williams

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Life with Jerry Williams

Toby Mac - A River Called Music
Jerry reaches into the archive for an interview with Toby Mac from October 2015. Toby had just released the “This Is Not A Test” project and was touring. They talk about the then recent loss of Toby’s dad, the possibility of a dc Talk reunion and how Toby views music as a river that he wants to keep floating along in.
March 29, 2021
With A Promise
Jerry shares thoughts generated by a recent trip to visit family, and how the commandment with a promise impacts family relationships.
March 22, 2021
A Quick Recap
Jerry provides a quick recap of the past week’s activity at The JOY FM. Find out more on the website. And check Jerry’s blog too. Website: Jerry's Blog:
March 15, 2021
Hollywood Henderson: A Faith Journey
Keith Avallone, known to CHR radio listeners in New York City, Minneapolis, Dallas and other cities as Hollywood Henderson, shares how he went from a rising radio star to working in Christian radio, becoming a seminary student and now develops his own sports simulation games. Learn more about Keith’s games on his website, And read more on his story here.
March 08, 2021
The Call
On this episode Jerry shares this week’s good news and some thoughts on what it means to be called by Jesus.
March 01, 2021
Andrew Peterson, A Conversation
Jerry catches up with singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson. They talk about music, Andrew’s songs and influences and more. Find out more about Andrew, his music, books and concerts on his official website: You can see the videos Jerry and Andrew talked about on Andrew’s YouTube channel:
February 22, 2021
A Conversation With Mark Lowry
Jerry talks with Christian comedian, singer and songwriter Mark Lowry. They discuss Mark’s role in helping to discover the family act The Martins, Mark’s long history in Christian comedy and more. Learn more about Mark on his official website:
February 15, 2021
Mike “Big Daddy” Weaver
Mike Weaver of Big Daddy Weaver is Jerry’s guest on this episode. Their conversation covers being away from family while on the road, touring with Plum and We Are Messengers, and news on Mike’s brother. Find out more about Big Daddy Weave on their website:
February 08, 2021
Jamie Grace And Morgan Harper Nichols
Singing sisters Morgan Harper Nichols and Jamie Grace are Jerry’s guests on this episode. Plus a special Super Bowl reference from Luke Smallbone of For King & Country. Find out more about Jamie on her official website: Find out more about Morgan on her official website:
February 01, 2021
A Conversation With Darren Of We Are Messengers
Jerry talks with Darren Mulligan of We Are Messengers. Find out more about the band at their official website. On the next episode Jerry’s guest is Luke Smallbone of For King & Country.
January 25, 2021
Meet Sara Niemietz
Singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller Sara Niemietz is Jerry’s guest on this episode. She talks about her latest project, “twentytwenty,” how the pandemic has affected her touring schedule, her time with Postmodern Jukebox, Nuggets the chicken purse and how her faith has sustained her through it all. You can find out more about Sara, order “twentytwenty” and all of her previous projects plus get Sara Niemietz and Nuggets merchandise on her website: You can see all of the videos Sara and Jerry discussed, plus many more, on Sara’s YouTube channel here: Subscribe to Sara’s podcast, “Saranade,” on Apple Podcasts here: And here’s the Postmodern Jukebox version of “Don’t Stop Believin’” featuring Sara:
January 18, 2021
Jerry Talks With Kathy Troccoli
Jerry catches up with old friend Kathy Troccoli. The singer, writer and speaker shares what she’s been up to and details on upcoming projects. Find out more about Kathy and some of the things she talked about with Jerry on her website: If you’d like to invite Kathy to your church for an event you can call 615-478-0247. Jerry shares some of Kathy’s videos on his blog here: On the next episode Jerry talks with indie artist, writer and actress Sara Niemietz.
January 11, 2021
I Have Hope
As we begin a new year and say good-bye to one of the most trying years in recent memory, Jerry shares reasons to have hope. On the next episode Jerry shares a conversation with an old friend, artist and author Kathy Troccoli.
January 04, 2021
2020 Review
Jerry takes a quick look back at this year’s podcast and shares some reflections on reflections.
December 28, 2020
George Bailey’s Wonderful Life
He had a wonderful life, but didn’t appreciate it until it was taken from him. In this final episode focusing on Christmas, Jerry looks at the character of George Bailey from the classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Plus Jerry investigates the reasons we say “Merry” Christmas and how the plan for the original Christmas came to be.
December 21, 2020
Something About Mary
Jerry takes a look at the role of Mary, mother of Jesus, in the original Christmas story and her place in the life of the church today. Plus the story behind another Christmas tradition and the symmetry in the Christmas story.
December 14, 2020
A Lot Like Scrooge
In this second episode of Jerry’s focus on characters associated with Christmas, he shares about the one character in Christmas lore with whom he most readily identifies. And a new Christmas feature, the story behind the Christmas tradition. In this episode, the Christmas tree.
December 07, 2020
Joe The Carpenter
Jerry starts a mini-series of episodes focused on Christmas. In this episode he looks into the story of one of the most pivotal yet often overlooked characters in the Christmas story.
November 30, 2020
Russ & Nancy Brooks: How We Met
Jerry talks with Russ & Nancy Brooks, the award winning husband and wife team who host the afternoon show on The JOY FM Alabama. They talk about how they met, Russ awkward attempt at a first kiss, and how their faith has sustained them through trials and triumphs. Find out more about Russ & Nancy on their blog on The JOY FM Alabama website here:
November 23, 2020
Mark Hall: Only Jesus
Mark Hall of Casting Crowns talks with Jerry about the band’s Only Jesus album, the visual album and teaching videos that accompany the project, plus a potential title for Zach Williams’ allegedly upcoming cookbook and more. See the videos from the Only Jesus visual album here: The teaching video for the song The Bridge is here:
November 16, 2020
She Walked Away For Family: Erin O’Donnell
Jerry shares a (fairly) recent conversation with Erin O’Donnell. Erin was a singer/songwriter in the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s. She recorded 6 albums and was establishing herself in a crowded field of female singer/songwriter artists. Then she walked away. The desire to be at home with her kids when they got off the school bus each day was greater than the desire to perform. Jerry caught up with her in late 2017 and they talked about that decision. Here’s the link to the audiobook Jerry narrated, “The Haunting Of Monnview Speedway” by Carrie Bates:
November 09, 2020
Jerry Talks With Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell is featured on this week’s episode. Jerry shares a conversation he had with Glen in 1991, shortly after Glen released a Christian album. They discuss Glen’s faith, his background, including the TV show The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour, his time on the set of True Grit with John Wayne and more.
November 02, 2020
Jerry Talks With Danny Gokey
Jerry shares a conversation with Danny Gokey from the archives. Danny is an American Idol alumnus and Christian recording artist. They talk about the then current season of American Idol, Danny’s everyday life struggles and more. Next week Jerry goes back to the 90s to share a conversation with the late Glen Campbell. Here’s the link to the article on the top honey producing nations in the world:
October 26, 2020
Luke Smallbone Of For King & Country
Jerry goes back to the archive for an interview with Luke Smallbone of the band For King & Country. The interview took place in January 2016. The band was going to be part of Winter Jam and would play Atlanta the day before the Super Bowl, which lead to a brief discussion about American football. They also talked about some of the wacky things the band had been up to and how they’ve been handling all of the attention For King & Country has garnered. And Jerry reminisces about the late New York Yankees great Whitey Ford. See the video of For King & Country performing on a Southwest flight here: You can see the details of the auction of the original Rudolph and Santa puppets used in the original 1964 stop action TV special “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” here:
October 19, 2020
Jack Griffin, Food Finder
Jerry talks with Jack Griffin, the founder of the Food Finder app and website and one of the 30 people featured by Lay’s Potato Chips in this year’s Smile With Lay’s campaign to raise funds and awareness for Operation Smile. Find out more about Food Finder here: You can vote for the movie “I Still Believe,” based on the life of Jeremy Camp. It’s been nominated for a Peoples’ Choice Award. Vote here:
October 12, 2020
Remembering My Dad
Jerry observes the third anniversary of his father’s passing away by sharing an interview with him recorded on the publishing of his first book. The book is available on Amazon here: On the next episode, a conversation with Jack Griffin, the founder of the Food Finder app and website and one of the 30 people featured by Lay’s Potato Chips in this year’s Smile With Lay’s campaign to raise funds and awareness for Operation Smile.
October 05, 2020
Grandkids, Christmas & Steven Curtis Chapman
Jerry goes back into the archives nine years for a chat about becoming a grandfather and the challenges of celebrating Christmas with a family spread out over two continents with Steven Curtis Chapman. And, of course, there’s this week’s good news and some thoughts on overcoming evil in this episode of Life With Jerry Williams. Here’s the link to the website with the schedule of all the Christmas movies and specials on TV this year: On the next episode, a conversation with Jerry’s dad on the occasion of the publishing of his first book, “Been There, Done That.” That innterview was recorded on 5/16/17, and Jerry’s dad would die on 9/8/17.
September 28, 2020
A Goober Flipping Burgers: Matthew West
They met in the parking lot of a radio station in the early 2000s. Matthew West was cooking up burgers on a charcoal grill, trying to win his way into the hearts of radio program directors. That’s how Jerry met him. In this episode Jerry shares some archive interview segments with Matthew, plus this week’s good news.
September 21, 2020
70 Years Of Romance
In this episode Jerry talks with Bill and Betty Murphy who recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. The couple shares their story and some advice for maintaining a loving, healthy and happy marriage. , Jerry also has details on the National Honey Board’s Queen’s Choice Awards, and of course, there’s this week’s good news. See the full list of winners from the National Honey Board's Queen's Choice Awards here:
September 14, 2020
Jerry Talks With Jeremy Camp
In this episode Jerry talks with singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp about the changes Jeremy has seen since he began recording and what he and his family do when he’s not on the road. Jerry also shares some thoughts on our responsibility to recognize and meet needs, and of course, there’s this week’s good news. Here's the link to Vin Scully's Twitter profile:
September 07, 2020
Cooking With Zach Williams
Zach Williams is Jerry’s guest this week and he shares about his side hustle as wannabe chef and cookbook author. Interested in learning more about Apitourism (a travel concept combining bees, beekeeping and memorable journeys)? Check out this article on Here’s the link to the station in the UK that’s been playing all Christmas music since August 25. You’ll need a UK postal code to be able to stream it.
August 31, 2020
Jerry Talks With Amy Grant
Jerry pulls another conversation out of the archives, this time with the incomparable Amy Grant. They discuss how Amy keeps busy when she's not in the studio or on the road. If you have a romantic “How We Met” story that you’d like to share, email Jerry with details at Keep up with Jerry on his blog for The JOY FM:
August 24, 2020
Jordan Feliz: Romance and the Green Couch
Jerry introduces a new recurring feature, “How We Met,” with a little help from Jordan Feliz who tells the story of how he and his wife Jamie became long distance high school sweethearts. And Jordan shares the saga of the green couch and more on this episode. If you have a romantic “How We Met” story that you’d like to share, email Jerry with details at Here’s the link to Raina Jain’s website with information on her Hiveguard invention that helps save honey bees from varroa mites.
August 17, 2020
Lauren Daigle Looks Back
Jerry shares an interview with Lauren Daigle from the archives. Recorded before Lauren had her first #1 single or a platinum record, in this conversation Lauren talks about how she landed her first record deal. Here’s the link to the window swap website Jerry talked about: And check out Jerry’s TikTok here: And his Instagram here:
August 10, 2020
The Listener Engagement Specialist
Jerry kicks off season 3 getting to know Amy de Graaff, the newest employee at The JOY FM Georgia. Plus some of the items in the news that got him thinking, and a scriptural call to do justice, especially for those to whom it has been denied. Jerry shared a lot of external information, so here are the links he mentioned: His blog on The JOY FM GA website: Information on The JOY FM GA Joy Crew: Submit a form to be considered as talent for "It's A Southern Thing" unscripted comedy videos: And here's the link to the American Bee Project:
August 03, 2020
The Ladies: Recap
Jerry shares highlights from three episodes from Season 2, conversations with co-workers Paige Long, Jules Smoak and Carmen Brown. You can hear The Jules Show Podcast here: Carmen's podcast, Off-Air With Carmen is here: Keep up with Jerry on his website: and his blog on The JOY FM website: Season 3 of Life With Jerry Williams begins on August 3, 2020.
July 27, 2020
The Educators: Recap
It's another highlight episode from Season 2. This time Jerry talks with three educators about a couple of hot topics for this year. First, it's Dr. Nancy Hinkle of UGA discussing Murder Hornets. Then Jerry talks with two public school teachers, who just happen to be his brother and sister, about the challenges of online learning during COVID-19. Season 3 begins on Monday August 3, 2020! Keep up with Jerry on his website: and his blog on The JOY FM website:
July 20, 2020
The Guys: Recap
In this episode, highlights of conversations with two of Jerry's co-workers, Rob Langer and Benji Shepherd. The three of them also host The Finding Joy Podcast, which you can find here: Keep with Jerry on his website: and his blog on The JOY FM website:
July 13, 2020
The Comedians: Recap
Jerry features highlights from conversations with three comedians from Season 2: Juan Devevo, who also happens to be the guitar player for Casting Crowns, Michael Jr., and Jeannie Gaffigan, wife and writing partner of Jim Gaffigan. Keep up with Jerry on his website: and his blog on The JOY FM website:
July 06, 2020
Vacation Memories
In anticipation of his vacation, Jerry shares some memories from childhood vacations. Plus, his two cents on some of the new rules that Major League Baseball will employ in their newly announced short 2020 season. You can see Jerry's blog with highlights from his daily radio show on The JOY FM here:
June 29, 2020
Jerry Talks With Carmen Brown
Carmen Brown of The Morning Cruise on The JOY FM joins Jerry to share her faith journey, from daughter of the town drunk to one of the most respected people in radio today. Find out more about: Carmen’s podcast, “Off-Air With Carmen” Information on Team Freedom Hope For Justice
June 22, 2020
Be Angry
Jerry shares some thoughts on anger, especially in light of recent events in America. Check out Jerry's blog on The JOY FM website:
June 15, 2020
A Little Introspection With Benji Shepherd
Jerry is joined by co-worker Benji Shepherd. Benji and Jerry, along with Rob Langer, co-host The Finding Joy Podcast (link below). On this episode the discussion looks at the value of self examination, a support system and shared experiences. Find out more about Benji on an episode of The Jules Show Podcast here: And here's the link to The Finding Joy Podcast:
June 08, 2020
Selfie Dad: Jerry Talks With Michael Jr.
Michael Jr. is a comedian and actor. His new movie, "Selfie Dad," releases on June 19. Jerry talks with him about the film, his background in comedy and how he came to faith. For more details on the movie "Selfie Dad" click here: Visit Michael Jr.'s website here: This episode was recorded via a Zoom video call, so there may be some bonus video material on the way. You can always find that stuff on Jerry's YouTube Channel here:
June 01, 2020
I Call Her Schultz
On this episode Jerry talks with co-worker Jules, and explains why he has started calling her "Schultz." Jules talks about life as the mom of 3 young daughters dealing with COVID-19 and more. You can hear Jules' podcast, "The Jules Show Podcast," here: This episode was recorded via a Zoom meeting, so there's video and the plan is to have some bonus material available soon on the YouTube channel:
May 25, 2020
A New York State Of Mind
Jerry talks with fellow former New Yorker and co-worker Rob Langer. They discuss their parallel careers as well as life away from the Big Apple. You can hear The Finding Joy Podcast, hosted by Jerry, Rob and Benji Shepherd, here:
May 18, 2020
Murder Hornets
They're the world's largest hornets and they've been spotted in North America. Jerry talks with University of Georgia entomologist Dr. Nancy Hinkle about the Asian giant hornets, how deadly they really are and the very real risk they pose to honey bees.  If you live in Georgia and think you've spotted an Asian giant hornet (which, honestly, is very unlikely) you can email a photo to the UGA insect ID specialist, Lisa Ames at Or you can ship an actual specimen to: Lisa Ames Diagnostic Lab 210 Cowart Building 1109 Experiment St Griffin GA, 30223-1797 Dr. Hinkle suggests putting the specimens in just a spoonful of alcohol (any type), placing them in a waterproof container, then placing that inside a ziplock bag (just in case the 'waterproof' container really isn't), then boxing that up for shipment.  Include your name and contact information (cell number, email) so Ms. Ames can let you know the identity. Also, please include your county and the date it was collected. You can hear the Lila McKenzie episode of "The FInding Joy Podcast" here:
May 11, 2020
Abundant Comfort
Sometimes it's the littlest things that can provide the most comfort, especially when you're sharing that comfort with someone who is going through something you've already experienced. Jerry shares some examples of that. Also, a little good news from the past week and Jerry spends a little time talking with his middle grandson, Travis, about one of his new creative outlets, and Instagram account featuring a green skeleton. Here's the link to the Harold The Skelleton (yes, he spells it with 2 Ls) on Instagram. And here's my Instagram: Contact me at: Check the website for bonus material and other goodies: 
May 04, 2020
Together While Apart
Jerry talks with two teachers, who just happen to be his brother Michael and sister Deborah, about how they're keeping their students engaged through online learning. Recorded via Zoom, which means video, so there's bonus material coming.
April 27, 2020
Jerry Talks With Paige Long
Long time friend and co-worker Paige Long chats with Jerry about dealing with the coronavirus in a multi-generational household. Get details on the Virtual Bible Study that Paige leads every Monday at 8 PM Eastern here: See bonus material from this episode here:
April 20, 2020
Truth And Kindness
There is good news to be found even amidst the coronavirus and all the bad news associated with it, and Jerry shares some of that. He also looks at two things largely absent from today's public discourse.
April 13, 2020
Three Words
As we prepare to celebrate Easter, Jerry shares three words that take on special significance at this time of year. Plus there is some good news to be found during the pandemic and Jerry shares some of that too.
April 06, 2020
Do Not Fear
There's a lot of uncertainty and fear in the world today, especially in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. In this episode Jerry shares thoughts on fear and how to learn to live beyond it. Visits Jerry's website:
March 30, 2020
What Hope Looks Like
How do you define hope? Do you know it if you see it? Jerry looks at hope, in light of its two sister virtues, faith and love, and tries to describe it. Plus, Jerry shares his personal philosophy on the seasons, and why he only observes two of them.
March 23, 2020
Jerry Talks With Jeannie Gaffigan
Jeannie Gaffigan, wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan, is an actress, writer, producer, director and mother of five. She's also an author. Her book "When Life Gives You Pears, the Healing Power of Family, Faith and Funny People," traces her journey through being diagnosed with a brain tumor, emergency surgery and recovery. Jerry and Jeannie talk about the book and each of the areas that helped see Jeannie through her ordeal. Find out more about Jeannie and the book at her official website:
March 16, 2020
Trenton Did Math
Jerry shares a lesson he learned about the joy of discovery, and the importance of discernment when it comes to learning new things. Plus a little bit on Jerry as beekeeper.
March 09, 2020
Holding It Together
A comment from a friend has Jerry thinking about lessons learned, and challenged, in fourth grade science. Plus, good news for nappers.
March 02, 2020
Activation Required
Jerry visits with Juan Devevo, guitarist for the group Casting Crowns, and a budding stand up comedian. They're joined by Rob and Benji from Jerry's other podcast, "The Finding Joy Podcast" for a cheesecake taste test. And Jerry draws some spiritual applications from a recent upgrade to his mobile phone. Hear the Juan Devevo episode of "The Finding Joy Podcast" here:
February 24, 2020
The Night Is Coming
When Jesus healed the man who had been born blind, He warned the disciples of the coming night. In the following verses we see the battle between dark and light play out between the man who was healed and the religious leaders of the day. Jerry shares some thoughts on how this story is still relevant today. Plus, with baseball's spring training getting underway Jerry reveals why he's a New York Yankees fan.
February 17, 2020
February 13, 2020
February 13, 2020
I Have Called You Friends
A hastily answered question inspired this week's topic on the true cost of friendship. Plus, Jerry finally divulges how he came to be obsessed with Hostess Twinkies. You can find bonus material and more information on some of the things Jerry talks about on this podcast on his website:
February 10, 2020
A Time For Nonsense
Jerry shares some thoughts on why so many times the things of God seem foolish, like His plan should never work, and yet it always does. Plus a story about a life saving rubber chicken. See a photo of the original life-saving chicken here:
February 03, 2020
The Lost Are Found
Jerry takes a visit to the celestial lost and found department in this episode. Plus another installment of the Curmudgeon Files and a little reminiscing about his grandmother. Learn more at Jerry's website:
January 27, 2020
How To Be Happy
Jerry shares some common attributes of happy people. And he embarks on yet another quest for a Twinkies snack cake flavored product (yes, he is probably a little obsessed with Twinkies). You can find video documentation of that Twinkies quest on Jerry's YouTube channel:
January 20, 2020
Light And Dark
Jerry shares some insight on the seemingly never ending battle between light and dark. He also has a story that his daughter will not let him live down and another case from the Curmudgeon Files.
January 13, 2020
Reflections On Purpose
OK, it's been a minute since I produced a new episode, but now I'm back. I do a little reflecting on purpose as we kick off a new year. There's also a new recurring feature in this episode, The Curmudgeon Files. And I tell you about another podcast I'm now part of, The Finding Joy Podcast. I hope you'll check it out here:
January 06, 2020
I Don't Know What That Means
Jerry has to ask a coworker to explain an abbreviation he used in an email, plus signs that Spring is on its way.
March 02, 2018
Heroes Wanted
Jerry talks with Rodney Bullard, author of the new book "Heroes Wanted."
March 01, 2018
Robotic Paranoia
Is it paranoia if they really ARE after you? Jerry shares a cautionary note about the future of robots (they are going to revolt!), plus how you can learn to perfect the Winter Olympic sport of curling and more.
February 28, 2018
Three Things Today
The Adventures of Donut Boy, Quiet Cars & Wreck Rooms are the topics we look at today.
February 27, 2018
The Flamin' Hot Episode
Flamin' Hot, the movie and the Cheetos flavor, Cookie Delivery, A Student's Act Of Kindness, Mom's Secret Snacks
February 26, 2018
A Friday Upadte
Wrapping up the week with some feel good stories, and weird one or two as well. Happy Friday.
February 23, 2018
Remembering Billy Graham
Jerry shares thoughts & memories of Billy Graham, Today We Remember Billy Graham \u2022 Thank You Billy \u2022 The Life Of Billy Graham \u2022 Memories Of Billy Graham
February 21, 2018
Tue 02-20 Update
Coming up Tue 02/20 \u2022 Why Did The Chicken? \u2022 New Sitcom: Living Biblically \u2022 Chick-fil-A Undercover
February 20, 2018
Weekly Highlights
Bad Days \u2022 Muting Twitter Strategy \u2022 Muting Twitter Update \u2022 Trenton Walks To Work \u2022 Unhappy Meal
February 16, 2018
Lasagna-Valentines Thoughts
Thoughts On Valentines Day
February 14, 2018