Thursday, 27 February 2020

CWD Member Interview – Eric Skattebo

Most Thursdays this year we will be interviewing one of the members of Christian Writers Downunder – to find out a little bit more about them and their writing/editing goals.

Today’s interview: Eric Skattebo

Tells us three things about who you are and where you come from. 

  1. I love stories!  Especially, stories of faith and how God helps us overcome challenges of life.  And that’s why I love interviewing people about their faith on the radio programs, “The Story” & “Real Faith” on Vision Christian Radio.
  2. I am married to my wonderful wife, Jean, who is from St Lucia in the Caribbean.
  3. I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin – the Dairy State – and am proud to be known as a “Cheesehead.” 

Tell us about your writing (or editing/illustrating etc).  What do you write and why?

As a full time radio producer, the hardest part of my job is writing the radio scripts (i.e. introductions, conclusions etc.)  It is a challenge to write for the ear and try to capture listeners’ attention so they want to “lean in” to the radio and hear more.

Who has read your work? Who would you like to read it?

Technically, nobody “reads” my work (except for the program descriptions on the website – ).  But, hopefully, many people hear what I write.  I would like as many people as possible to hear what I write and be intrigued to want to hear the guest’s story and how God has worked in their life.  

Tell us something about your process. What challenges do you face? What helps you the most?

I view myself as a “Packager.”  That is, someone who takes an experience of how God has worked in a person’s life and tries to “Package” them with words that make it as attractive as possible for a listener.  Hopefully, in doing this, the listener is inspired to want to know God more and get closer to Him.  The challenge is to write for another person and still make it sound conversational and comfortable, rather than formal and stilted.  I try my best to put myself in the listener’s place and ask if I would be able to understand it and enjoy it.

What are your writing goals for this year? How will you achieve them?

My goals for this year is to continue to capture listeners’ attention with compelling introductions and content.  Also, at the end of “The Story,” I write a mini-devotional to wrap up the program and give a Bible verse or spiritual truth for the listener to dwell on as the program closes.  My goal is to take this to the next level with spiritual insights that go beyond the cliché or the most popular verses.

How does your faith impact and shape your writing?

Well, as you can see above, bringing glory to God and nudging listeners’ hearts toward God is really central to everything I do.  I trust that God will bring me the right guests with the right information/testimonies that people need to hear to inspire them to take that next step in their spiritual journey to the Lord.  Obviously, I can’t do anything unless God works in peoples’ lives in amazing ways and we have something to make a program about.  The Good News, of course, is that the Lord never ceases to do amazing things in peoples’ lives and my cup runs over with fantastic guests with wonderful stories!

Eric is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and became a Christian in high school when he attended a retreat led be international Christian speaker Ravi Zacharias. Shortly after graduating in 1983, Eric went to the West Indian island of St. Lucia to visit his brother serving in the Peace Corps and met his future wife Jean.
Jean had become a Christian when she was twelve years old. She was involved in her local church where Eric’s brother attended.
After their marriage in 1987, Eric finished his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications – Radio and TV and they began to serve as missionaries at the radio ministry Jean had grown up listening to: WIVV FM located on in Puerto Rico. Jean and Eric served there for a year and a half and Eric hosted the afternoon children’s program, “Club BMJ with Uncle Eric.”
Later, Jean and Eric attended New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin and this exposed them to missionaries from all over the world while learning God’s Word. After graduation, they served as radio missionaries with HCJB World Radio (Now Reach Beyond) in Quito, Ecuador before eventually relocating to Melbourne, Australia in 2003.
They have since served at various radio and family ministries – hosting and producing Christian radio programs heard on stations throughout Australia and internationally on short-wave radio.


  1. Wow. What a joy it has been to learn about you and your work, Eric, and the incredible scope of influence you have. Your love for God and your heart to reach people with the amazing truth of his influence comes through loud and clear. I rarely sit still and listen to radio, but every night I go to Vision Radio's written link to "The Word for Today" and I'm always blessed by the encouragement there. I'll be sure to check out the website link to find out when your program goes to air. Thanks for taking the time to share about your calling and journey with us.