Cumulus Broadcasting in Macon Georgia
First of all, I'd like to say HELLO to everyone! Yes, I am finally updating my blog since my last post in June. I read the last post and a lot has changed since then. I was working at Froggy and an integrated marketing firm, then I got another job in Pittsburgh that didn't work out. I was hoping for something to turn up full-time at Froggy or in Pittsburgh, but nothing was open and I just realized that in order to really do what I wanted to in the broadcast industry, I had to go to Dr. B's infamous checklist for success, and I had to pack my bags! I decided to move here to Macon, Georgia with my Mom and to save up some funds since we don't make any money in this business. Anyway, while I was in Pittsburgh, I called and stalked the Operations Manger here at Cumulus. When I got here, I just drove to the station the next day and I talked to him without even having an appointment. He told me that a traffic and news position was open and I said great!
That is the awesome thing about coming from Wetminster College and taking advantage of all the opportunities i had there in the Broadcast Department. Of course, I am a DJ in my own right, but because I used my knowledge and experience from radio news at Westminster, I am versatile. So, that was open and I knew I was able to do it! I didn't have to wait for a DJ air shift to get in and get my foot in the door. Anyway, he said great, and I started within the next couple of days! So tell me my fellow classmates, does it pay off to be persistent and aggressive? I think yes!
WHAT I DO HERE:
I am officially the news and traffic reporter and anchor. But, it doesn't end there! I report, write, produce, anchor, I interview, I go to meetings, I do it all! I anchor and report for the News talk station...WMAC Newstalk 940 AM. For traffic, I call all the surrounding county dispatchers to see what's going on. Here, we just updated to the Scott 32 system. We use cool edit and TLC. It's great because besides Cool edit, the other systems are new to me, so it gives me more software that I'm getting experience in that I can add to my resume. The only people in the news department are me, my News Director, and another part-timer who is here occasionally. I do 3 newscasts a day and do wraps and actualities and readers for my News Director for the morning news. I do 4 traffic reports in the afternoon. Macon, GA fluctuates between a market 156 and a 154. Right now, it's a 154. The nice thing about being here is that I have a market 23 on my resume infront of that thanks to Froggy. The other great thing about being here is that I have experience in a lot of different areas, so I can dab into everything since it is small market radio. I do the news, yes. But, an entertainment segment on the Top 40 station is in the works, I work promotions, and I on-air for the country or AC station is in the works. And I've only benn here 2 months! See what can happen!!!!! I'm just taking advantage of everything that comes my way. I'm hoping to at some point in time get promoted to a management position cause I do think I am a very good leader. I do have to say though that I never thought I would enjoy news as much as I do. I used to think that news was the last thing I wanted to do and I now I love it! Of course you have those days when things are slow and they don't seem to be working, but I just stay positive because I know there are days like this. But, in this business, you can't let them get to you! I like it here, everyone is really nice and I'm looking forward to my opportunities growing here! I'm also looking forward to building my resume to move to the next highest market. My ultimate goal is to work in a top 30 market as a PD, News Director, or Promotions Director, and a morning show co-host! I love it all, and I can do it all! Hire me and you'll find out! :)
POP CULTURE UPDATES:
I saw two movies this past weekend. One was very good and one was very bad! I went to see History of Violence with the PD for the Top 40 station. I have to say it was very disturbing, but really really good! I recommend this one! My parents wanted me to see The Fog on Sunday and it was AWFUL! Don't go see it! What is happening to movies these days?
*Everyone knows that I am the reality show junkie! I love Laguna Beach, The Real World, So you Think you Can Dance, Girls Next Door, Taradise, The Fabulous Life on VH1, I love the 80's, Best Week Ever, What not to Wear, The Soup, Regis and Kelly, Oprah, the new Tyra Banks show, America's Next Top Model, Breaking Bonaduce, and the best reality show ever right now....MAKING THE BAND 3 Season 2! This show is on Thursday nights on MTV on the 10 spot! It's SOOOOOOOOO Good! Diddy ain't play'n either!
*What have I noticed with music this week? Madonna is back! Destiny's Child's Number one's is GREAT! I've actually been going through a country music phase lately. I've noticed that a lot of country stars are remaking old pop, rock, and even using some ghetto words in their songs! I'm really excited for where country music is headed. The country station here at Cumulus gets the most remotes and does really well in ratings. I notice that the country music audience is changing not only in Pittsburgh, but everywhere. It's getting younger, and country artists are definitely catering to the younger audience more and more by allowing the rock and pop influence in their songs. Big and Rich is a perfect example of this!
HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE HALLOWEEN COLORS! I'll update more and more now! Don't forget to go on Hay Rides and go to Haunted houses and to celebrate fall! FALL IS MY FAVORITE AND IT'S A GREAT SEASON!
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