Anita Lustrea is originally from Blue Hill, Maine and studied Bible and Theology at Moody Bible Institute. Since 1984 Anita has worked in various roles at Moody Radio—music director, Friday Sing producer and host of Sunday Praise—before hosting Midday Connection.Anita is a sought after speaker for women’s conferences and retreats and loves meeting Midday listeners in person. Anita’s first book, What Women Tell Me, released from Zondervan. Her second book, Shades of Mercy, co-authored with Caryn Rivadeneira, released from Moody Publishers. Anita, along with her husband, Mike, and son, John, live in the Chicago suburbs where you can often find her drinking a Venti tea at her local Starbucks.
Melinda Schmidt grew up listening to Moody Radio's flagship station, WMBI FM. As a kid, she was eager to grab the mic of the family's Wallensak tape machine to record make-believe news broadcasts and imaginary radio shows. Early tapes have her announcing the arrival of "the Beagles"—aka "the Beatles"—to America. In addition to her undergrad work in Broadcasting at Moody Bible Institute and Calvary Bible College, she is currently pursuing an M.A. in Intercultural Studies at Wheaton College Graduate School.
Melinda has served with Moody Radio since 1980 in various hosting capacities. Married with two young adult children and a long-haired Chihuahua/Min-Pin "blessing" named Pippa, Melinda loves reading, developing her creative interests and continuing to be a life-long learner.
Midday Connection is a live radio program designed to build relationships and mentor women through intentional programming, web presence, social media interaction and book publishing, creating a safe place for authentically processing life's journey as we come to know who God is and who He created us to be, while growing toward spiritual freedom and personal transformation.