The overall experience is something that I wasn’t expecting. I had interned at a television station two years ago and I thought radio would be a lot like that. For radio, there really is no practice on what you are going to say. There’s no teleprompter to read from or anything. Once you are on the air, there’s no stopping and starting over. That’s the biggest adjustment. I’ve stumbled on words, but there’s nothing I can do except keep on going. Also, I’ve had the opportunity to produce the show. The production looks really confusing when you look at it, but once it wasn’t that bad when I got the hang of it. There’s a lot of buttons and different controls on the board, but I only have to use three or four of them during the morning show.
There is something else that I get the opportunity to do and I had no idea I would. All of the guys that are part of the sports team has the chance to produce the baseball games for WUMR. Jeff Brightwell is the play-by-play announcer for the Tigers baseball team, so we have to produce in the studio. It does get a little lonely when I produce because baseball is a really slow game and there isn’t much excitement. We are the ones that set up all the commercials during breaks in the games and also in charge of the opening music and closing music during the games as well.
The most exciting time for my internship was when I got the opportunity to be one of the announcers for the Tulsa/Memphis basketball game a few weeks ago. I was producing a game with another member of WUMR and he asked if I wanted to announce the game since it was my last time and I told him that I would. It was probably one of the best experiences I had ever had. Being a sports reporter/broadcaster is my dream and calling that game will always be a big moment for me. I am looking forward to the last few weeks of the internship. There’s always room for improvement and I plan on using the last few weeks to improve as much as I can.