Since last week, I have worked at the station a lot more than my first two weeks here, especially since I don’t have any more vacation days planned. After learning the basics of Audacity, I got to learn how to work with the program Audition. At the station, we use this program to load mixes into the system so that they can be queued up on the radio. They also taught me about the different types of commercials that they record for the radio. One last thing I learned this week was how to segue the show. This is the process where you arrange the tracks so there aren’t any silent breaks while the station is on air. You also have to make sure the music flows together and does not sound choppy, otherwise the station could lose listeners because the could potentially think something was wrong with their radio.
Since segueing the show is so important and was a new concept for me, I struggled trying to get the show to flow how I wanted to; however, like with the issues I had last week, it just took a little practice to get everything down. After working on it for one day, I can now say that I am confident enough to segue the entire show on my own. Another challenge that I am noticing is the impact this schedule is having on me. Because I work another job immediately before this one, I’m noticing how exhausted I am getting after arriving back home. While it would be nice to sleep more, I still very much enjoy the internship and will continue to push so I can get the most out of this experience.
After being here for a few weeks, I’m starting to see how much I love this part of the entertainment industry. There’s so much that goes into it and it just fascinates me how it all comes together to its final product. Before interning here, I never took the time to think about how much is put into creating a smooth radio show. I thought the music just played automatically and everything fell into place due to an algorithm or something of that nature, but now I see how much effort is actually put into the radio station and it’s made me appreciate working here even more.
So far, the last few weeks at my internship have been amazing. I’ve learned a lot about being a radio personality and it’s made me appreciate the radio side of the media much more than I used to (and I already had a strong appreciation for it to begin with). I’ve learned many new terminology that will come in handy in the field, as well as how to use programs like Audacity more in depth as the only knowledge of the program I had before was how to speed up music. I also learned how to use the queueing system to organize the songs that are going to play as well as how to record voice tracks into said system in order to create commercials and breaks.
One of the biggest challenges I faced in the beginning was learning the new system. I was lucky enough that they switched to the new system after I started there so I was able to learn it along with everyone else; however, since I didn’t have any knowledge of the previous system, I was essentially learning everything from scratch. After getting the chance to sit down with two of the team members and get an in depth tutorial of how the basics work in the system, I was able to basically catch up to speed and now I feel proud as some members come to me when they have questions about it. Now that I had the basic knowledge of the system, it made learning the new aspects way easier.
The experiences I’m getting from this internship not only helps me develop a better understanding of the radio industry, but it also allows me to create valuable connections that will be useful if I decide to pursue a track in the radio industry. On Tuesday this week, I got the chance to speak during every break from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and I noticed that as I did each break, I felt more confident than the last. Even if I still feel a little shy, seeing how much I improved in just a few hours was very reassuring. It makes me believe that I actually may have a chance in this industry.
For my 2018 summer internship, I will be working at WBTJ 106.5 The BEAT, a hip-hop/R&B radio station located in Richmond, Virginia. Throughout my time working at the radio station, I will intern with some of the radio personalities that work there, learning the basics of what it takes to be a radio entertainer. As an intern, one of my main responsibilities will be to come in everyday and search for a few stories within the entertainment industry and a few local stories that can be discussed on air by the entertainers. I will also be personally speaking on air some days about the stories I find. One of my other duties will be to learn about all of the equipment and systems used within the station (they will all be taught to me throughout my time there).
One of the most important parts of being a radio entertainer is being able to speak on air. Public speaking has never been one of my strong suits. When I took my public speaking class as a freshman, it was one of the most stressful classes I have ever completed because I am a shy person. Since I’ve been at the radio station, I have spoken on air already, which was a very nerve wracking experience, but it is definitely a skill that I hope to improve during the course of this internship. I strongly believe that working with the staff at the station, since they all have such outgoing personalities, will definitely help me gain the confidence I need in order to speak on air without feeling nervous. They have already discussed with me to feel free to ask questions whenever I have them because they are more than happy to help me learn everything I need to know. As I work with the different team members, I plan to ask them what their best advice is for someone like me who is nervous in front of a microphone, which will also help me improve my skills as an intern.
Another skill that I hope to improve on is multitasking. I take pride in my multitasking abilities, but working at the radio station requires a whole different level of multitasking, While on air, the entertainers have to record and piece together commercials, cue up music, all while still keeping their composure on air. I hope that learning how to complete all these tasks simultaneously will allow me to improve my multitasking abilities, which in return will improve my qualities as a worker no matter what part of the entertainment industry I decide to continue my career.