I was two weeks out of school and interviewing to be a morning show reporter/host in a remote town in Alaska. While the people there and the job seemed great, I decided I’d rather go with my gut (and ignore my parents’ advice), and move in with a good friend in San Diego. The day after I moved, I had an interview scheduled at a radio station with a program director who had told me a month earlier that he had no jobs available, but he’d meet with me to get my feet wet in the interview process. When I went in for the interview he told me that the previous week the producer of ‘KYXY Love Songs’ had given his two-week notice and they needed someone. The program director was impressed by my resume, seeing as how I was fresh out of school. He offered me the job of my dreams and I took it. Two months into the job, the overnight DJ was sick and they called me to do the air shift from midnight to 6 am. My boss told me I could be on air if I wanted, and now in addition to being the producer of the #1 evening show in all of San Diego, I’m the weekend fill-in personality on air. I love my job, and haven’t yet had a day when I thought, “Ugh, I don’t want to go to work today!” I plan on staying here as long as possible, and making it to a regular slot on air. I like working at KYXY, which is owned by Infinity, a pretty stable radio owner in a rather volatile market. I may eventually move on from San Diego entirely, but have no plans as of yet. Radio in San Diego has been very good to me so far!
ATVN positions and duties:
Producer, writer, camera operator
What are the top three skills college journalism students should be working on in order to be prepared for their first broadcasting job?
Focus on accumulating a lot of practical work experience while still in college and develop contacts with people who have important names in the business you’re going for. Also, students should be able to write a good cover letter and be politely persistent about getting interviews.
What is the most important thing a college journalist should know when he or she is trying to negotiate his or her first job?
I think the most important thing in considering any job is whether or not you’ll like going to work every day. If you think you’ll love the job, and it will lead you where you want to go, take it!
What prepared you most for your current job?
Having read a lot and being “in the know” makes me better at my job. I work really hard and give 100% on the job, and I am always available to come in early, stay late, or pick up others’ slack. My music industry classes and internships helped prepare me for my job because they pointed out a lot of the nitty gritty stuff and gave me opinions on the business (so I could talk with my new co-workers and not sound like a kid just out of college, which I am!).
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