The Petersen Page

Donald Miller-Author of Blue Like Jazz
November 26, 2007, 6:36 am
Filed under: Quotes

timg_1645_blue.jpg  Something to ponder:
“Imagine how much a man’s life would be changed if he trusted that he was loved by God? He could interact with the poor and not show partiality, he could love his wife easily and not expect her to redeem him, he would be slow to anger because redemption was no longer at stake, he could be wise and giving with his money because money no longer represented points, he could give up on formulaic religion, knowing that checking stuff off a spiritual to-do list was a worthless pursuit, he would have confidence and the ability to laugh at himself, and he could love people without expecting anything in return. It would be quite beautiful, really.”-Donald Miller author of Blue Like Jazz


Pool of Superstition
November 19, 2007, 8:30 am
Filed under: Quotes


“If your heart be not right with God, you shall perish with
the sacramental bread in your mouth, and go from the
baptismal waters to the fires of hell. Beware of the peace
which is drawn from the stagnant pool of superstition.
It will carry death into your soul.” -C.H. Spurgeon


Quotes To Live By-Former Ohio State Football Coach-Woody Hayes
November 16, 2007, 8:48 pm
Filed under: Quotes

hayes_snow.jpgOhio State Former Coach-Woody Hayes Quotes- “I’ve had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven’t run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can’t outwork you, then smarts aren’t going to do them much good. That’s just the way it is. And if you believe that and live by it, you’d be surprised at how much fun you can have. “Any time you give a man something he doesn’t earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.” “There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” “A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough.” When asked why he went for two despite a 34-point lead against Michigan, Hayes quipped, “Because I couldn’t go for three.” “Football represents and embodies everything that’s great about this country, because the United States of America is built on winners, not losers or people who didn’t bother to play.”

Then Feed Just One-Mother Teresa
November 14, 2007, 7:44 pm
Filed under: Quotes




“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”  Mother Teresa

The Day My Name Appeared In Billboard Magazine
November 4, 2007, 7:18 am
Filed under: Articles


10 Questions-All Access Radio Website
November 4, 2007, 7:13 am
Filed under: Articles


So I was asked to fill out some questions about my job for an Online Radio Website called All Access. So here it is:


NAME: Josh Petersen
TITLE: Manager of Marketing and Radio Promotion
COMPANY: Centricity Records
FORMATS: Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Worship, and Rock
BORN WHERE? Granville, Ohio
RAISED WHERE? Granville, Ohio, Rochester, MI, and Minneapolis, MN

WNZR-Mt. Vernon, OH (non reporting) AC-Radio DJ, Production staff
Waterfront Entertainment-Product Manager
SRE/INO Records-Marketing Manager
Weekend22 CHR Countdown Show-Script and Research Writer
Centricity Records-Manager of Marketing and Radio Promotions

1) What made you want to get into the music business? Who were your early mentors?

-I got into this industry because I fell in love with Christian Music when I was in High School, and I wanted to be surrounded with Men and Women who loved music and wanted to advance the Gospel. I wanted to serve artists, and that is what I still feel called to today. Hugh Robertson, John Fry, Ken Farley, Vince Wilcox, and Steve Ford were some of my most important mentors and industry folks that I looked and still look up to on a daily basis.

2) What’s your favorite thing about Centricity Records?

-I love the freedom to sign artists that I believe in. Artists with a message and the talent to get that message across to their audiences. I love working at a “Family” label where we are all part of the team. Every voice is heard, considered, and implemented. Steve, John, Guy, Penny, and Caren are the best people to get in the trenches with everyday.

3) What do you think is the most important topic facing the music business and radio right now?

-How do we breathe life back into a dying music model? How do we continually break artist’s careers in a shrinking radio, and retail environment? How do we still make people passionate about music again?

4) What do you like the most about your job? The least?

-I love the creative freedom I have. I love getting to interact with Christian radio stations, and retail friends all over the country. These people have amazing hearts for their jobs, and I am proud to do my part to serve them.

5) What’s your current take on the music in general? Is it sounding better, worse or the same as one year ago?
-I think Christian music is getting very competitive these days. I love the resurgence of artists wanting to create entire records….instead of just going for radio hits….even though that still happens a lot too.
I also love the fact that Christian music is becoming way more acceptable to mainstream audiences.

6) What are the most important tools/resources you use to stay on top of the format’s growth and daily changes?

-Myspace, R&R Tracking, Soundscan, Internet Music Bloggers such as Bob Lefsetz, and most importantly the conversations and creative dreaming that my staff is constantly engaged in!

7) What book (other than the Bible) have you read that has touched you or taught you the most?

-Two books have shaped me lately. One being The Ragamuffin Gospel, which deals with learning to truly rely on God’s grace. The other book would have to be “Leadership” by Rudy Giuliani. This has really given me some interesting prospective on business, leadership, and working in a group setting.

8) What’s your favorite quote?

-“A friend is never an imposition” Frank Sinatra

9) Who has had the biggest impact on your life spiritually, personally and/or professionally?

-Spiritually it has probably been my mom and dad. My mom would sit down with me and read me the bible almost everyday for breakfast in highschool, and my dad has led by example….having the highest integrity of anyone I know.

-Personally it has probably been my good friend Tom Stauber. He has taught me a lot of how to be overly generous with my time and money, and how important faith, community, and friends are.

-Professionally it has to be two people. Steve Ford, my current boss, has probably taught me more about the industry then anyone else. His support for me, his constant attention and drive has grown me up a lot professionally in the last 2 years. The freedom and responsibility he has given me has been amazing and have kept me passionate about music.
-Hugh Robertson was the man who gave me a chance when I first came into the music industry. His excitement, sense of entrepreneurship, willingness to let me get “hands on” with my first record company from the start has really taught me a lot. He taught me the value of working hard, doing things for myself, and thinking outside the box have really played a big part into who I am know.

10) If you can imagine your life outside the music business, what would you be doing?

-Working on a political campaign
-Working at a small church as a youth pastor
-Starting my own small business back home in Ohio
-Working for The Ohio State University’s Athletic Dept.


1) Do you read everything? Nothing? Newspapers, magazines, books, etc.

Drudge Report, Tennessean, Columbus Dispatch, Q Magazine, Spin, Rudy Giuliani Leadership, Ruthless Trust-Brennan Manning

2) What’s in your CD player right now? Kate York, Jason Gray, Anberlin, Bob Dylan, Ohio State Fight Song ☺

3) If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want with you and why? My dad-cause he is smarter then me, Food-lots of PB&J, Water-cause I wouldn’t want to die

To Be Alive Is To Be Broken
November 4, 2007, 6:49 am
Filed under: My Devotionals


“I come into this place
Burning to receive your peace
I come with my own chains
From wars I’ve fought for my own selfish gain

You’re my God and my Father
I’ve accepted your Son
But my soul feels so empty now
What have I become?

“Lord, come with your fire,
Burn my desires; refine me
Lord, my will has deceived me
Please come and free me
Refine me” “Refine Me”-Jennifer Knapp

To Be Alive Is To Be Broken
Tonight is a peaceful night. I am laying in my cabin and its 2am here in Winthrop, Washington. I am in the middle of the Cascades and life has been hectic but hopeful this week. Outside of my window you can hear the coyotes crying if you listen intently, and the rush of the river behind me lulls me to sleep at night. This must be God’s country.
I am figuring out each day it seems that I am wreck. Not only am I physically a wreck but emotionally, spiritually, and mentally….i am not the person that God created me to be.
This week we have faced a ton of trials here in the mountains. Accidents, drunk drivers, crashes, hardships, heartache, loneliness, and uncertainty. I used to be afraid of all of these things, and I still am to a certain degree….but that is all changing.
I have been a Christian since I was 5 and prayed for Jesus to come into my life on the way home from school. Thursday school I think they called it. But I have misunderstood what a Christian is all about. The older I get, I understand that it is about realizing that we are all broken and in need of refinement. We are all a little nuts.
My best friend is struggling with so many things, and in the midst of it all sometimes can not see how God has a hold of their life. Can not see how He is mighty, and His burden is light. Sometimes I cover myself up…like a mask…..hiding the real life that is going on. From the outside…to my church, work, friends, and family….I am put together and whole….but inside my heart I am a mess. And God rejoices with this, because it allows Him room to sculpt our hearts and minds.
“To be alive is to be broken. And to be broken is to stand in need of grace. Honesty keeps us in touch with our neediness and the truth that we are saved sinners. There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are.”
-Brennan Manning-The Ragamuffin Gospel
Uncertainty is a scary place. But faith is trusting in what we CAN NOT see. I wish I had more faith…..but I guess I am like Thomas. I want to put my finger in Jesus’s hand to prove to myself that He is real and telling me the truth sometimes.
I love the fact also that God brings people into our lives to challenge us in times of trial. To stretch us and mold us and push us closer to the Cross. He brings people to comfort us, and weep with us and guide us to the feet of our Maker.
Being broken means that God can FIX us. What a concept?
That the Maker of the Universe cares enough about us to put us back together…..even the messy parts and the areas of our lives that remain rebellious and pessimistic.
Tonight I challenge you to accept the fact that no one has it together. There is great relief in knowing that everyone struggle and goes through the valley…but those who put their trust in Jesus will never have to walk it alone.
Psalms 147:3 says,
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
I heard this story a couple weeks ago.
Sheep are very stupid animals, slow-witted and prone to following nearly anything that they perceive as leading them. Sometimes, in order to teach sheep a lesson or to take them to a certain place that they are too dull to go to themselves, the Shepard must break the legs of the sheep. It sounds like a cruel and unusual thing to do, but the sheep cannot learn otherwise.
The Shepard then takes the sheep and carries it on His back. He feeds the sheep from His pocket. He gives the sheep water from His flask. He speaks to the sheep and cares for it. He patiently and lovingly nutures the sheep back to health so that, when the sheep is healed again, it has completely forgotten that this same Shepard broke its legs earlier.
As the sheep is healed, the Shepard teaches. The dull sheep hears its master speaking all day long and all through the night. The sheep, though dull and slow-witted, gradually understands; gradually learns the lessons that the Shepard saw fit to teach in the first place. The dull sheep learns and grows and strengthens so that when it is recovered and set back on its feet again it knows more than all of the other sheep.
The sheep can now lead the flock, it can now teach the flock what it has learn. It can help grow the flock and demonstrate love, compassion, and impart wisdom to its fellow sheep.
The Shepard never broke the legs of His sheep merely to put Him back where He was before. The Shepard broke His sheep’s legs so that He could keep him near to teach him and guide him. To impart knowledge and to love and to grow the spirit of His sheep. The sheep isn’t put back where he was before. Instead, the sheep now runs ahead of the flock, guides the flock right next to the Shepard, and is endlessly blessed.

I am so proud to be a broken follower of Jesus.