The Hit Music Princess

Started off as PD at my college station WWNW in New Wilmington, PA. My first paying job was board opping at CBS Radio's Star 100.7 in Pittsburgh. I part-timed at Star 104 in Erie PA for over a year and at Froggy in Pittsburgh. I just started my first full time job doing middays in Meridian, MS at WJDQ (CHR). Every step in my career is exciting!

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Radio Girl of the Week 8

Jen Toohey...This radio girl is originally from Pittsburgh, but now works in Cleveland. She graduated from John Carroll in '97 and is now the mid-day girl on Infinity's Q104. The station runs on a Hot AC format. A cool promotion going on right now? Ticket giveaway for the Q104 Jingle Bell Ball with the Barenaked Ladies! Jen also has several ongoing promotions herself: "Toohey Tuesday's at the Melting Pot" where callers can win dinner discounts is one example. And even though she's in Cleveland, she still roots for the Steelers!
The Q104 website...

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Feelin' Good!

Now that I've earned a few interviews, I feel like I'm in a really good place right now. I am making new contacts literally every day. I also decided to start applying for job postings on All Access just to see what happens. One PD had harsh things to say because the position was for a day-time spot, but I really applied because the station was in Florida which is where I'd like to end up and I really had nothing to lose by emailing my stuff. Even though it was a little harsh, he told me the truth and I really liked that! He could have just deleted my email, but he took the time to listen and give feedback. That was awesome! He also said that I wasn't right for his station now, but that didn't mean I wouldn't be in a few years. He also told me I had a lot of potential. This guy even gave me tips on what to work on and I just started infiltratting these techniques this week. So I really didn't have anything to lose, because now I have a contact from a station where I'd love to work!

I feel so good about all the contacts I've been making--some are people who were in my shoes a few years ago, some are PDs in large markets, some are even GMs in smaller markets. I also have a LOT of people right now who I'm close enough to that can give me feedback on my stuff. My new buddy at Star, Jason, has been really great. He evaluated my demos for me and gave great feedback. For the things he didn't like, he told me what I could do instead. My friend Amanda Oliveri (Westminster '04) is in New Jersey, and she convinced me to mail her my resume CD's so she could pass them along to the right people.

On-Air Interview #2

Even though we only had 2 class days this week, it's been broadcast-filled! I adjusted all the clocks so that I could schedule the Christmas music to start after Thanksgiving. We're starting with 2 Christmas songs an hour leading up to the 24-hour Christmas music for the holidays. This first part is most confusing because there are so many different clocks. I also trained more kids on Sunday after my shift at Star. Monday was killer because I had 4 radio shifts between 7 AM and midnight. Four in one day! That has to be a record! The first shift of the day was my guest-hosting of Megabeast Monday with Liz. I enjoyed sitting back and letting her control all the aspects of the show. Yesterday I had Board Op Boot Camp and my boss sat down with me to look at old resumes and demos. It was extremely helpful because he told me which ones were decent, which ones he wanted to throw at the wall, and why.

I also had my first weekend on-air interview yesterday. It went pretty well, but I won't hear anything until next week. And today I learned that I scored another interview with a different station for next week. If nothing else, I will meet new contacts and get even more interview practice. At my first one, I thought I answered the PD's questions on the spot really well. Plus, it's great to know people listen to my demos and actually want me to come in for interviews.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Radio Girl of the Week 7

"Geena the Latina"...This week I decided to pick a female radio star from the #1 pop station (102.7 KIIS-FM) in the #2 Arbitron market (L.A.). All of the girls there seem really cool, but I ended up picking "Geena the Latina," the evening entertainment extraordinaire, reporting live from Hollywood premiers and all the hottest events. She went to Loyola Marymount University in California and worked at her college station, KLMU. "Geena the Latina" also interned at the station for which she now works. What really caught my eye was how hard she worked to get into a more permanant position with KIIS-FM. She answered phones for one of the DJ's for a year and then joined the KIIS Street Team. Geena put in her time setting up and lugging equipment until the call-in position opened up! She also hosts an entertainment television show, LAXlarge, on LATV.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Making Strides

This week in broadcasting...I moved right along. The important thing was I finally redid my resume CD to include the items Tandi suggested and sent them off for evaluation. But also this week, I helped make a commercial at Board Op Boot Camp, sent out more demo's and resumes to local stations, and even set up an interview! In addition to these steps, I trained more freshmen, had my regular shifts and morning show, made the new music promo, and set up a remote for Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Interviews were hard to get at some points because the Sexual Assault Task Force had people from different organizations man the banner so they didn't know what was really going on. I told them I would ask them questions they could answer, but they didn't feel comfortable talking about it. We also ran our chicken soup promo for a few days this week and continued the give-aways during the remote. I was very proud of how the DJ's handled board opping the remote and taking calls on the 360 simultaneously.

Broadcast Electives...Personally, the Anouncing class was the pique of my being. I grew a TON in that class as an announcer and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be on-air. But for those who are more interested in behind-the scenes action, Producing and Directing is also a great class. It helped me pull everything and everyone together, which was also a help to my role as Program Director.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Radio Girl(s) of the Week 6

Virginia & Mariana...These two women make up the female half of a morning show in West Palm Beach, Florida. Their station--Wild 95.5--is owned by Clear Channel and runs on a Mainstream Top 40 format. Virgina grew up in New Orleans and attended LSU. She's been all over radio in the past 10 years--Huntsville, NYC, Biloxi, and eventually Florida! Mariana hails from Texas but came to Florida when she transferred to Florida Atlantic in 2000. She graduated just two years ago with a communications degree.

Movin' & Shakin'

This week in broadcasting...I talked with many people in the industry. On Sunday, I met a new friend at Star--Jason Bradley. He worked at a few different places, including Hot 101. He's a really nice guy and I'm looking forward to getting to know him better. Before Board Op Boot Camp on Tuesday, I met my friend Craig Rechichar for dinner ('04 Westminster grad who works for Clear Channel in Pittsburgh). I also corresponded with a few PD's in Youngstown and Erie. Cuurently, I'm working on scheduling a visit to a station in Erie that I'm interested in learning more about. And of course, I talked with my friend, Tandi Lane, who is doing very well with the radio business down south!

What I did...Like usual, I had my two radio shifts and anchored the news on Monday, made a New Music promo, and had another successful morning show with Hauger on Wedesday. Tuesday was the second session of Board Op Boot Camp where my boss taught us how to enter music into Audio Vault and explained interesting business aspects of radio that I hadn't previously known. For the County Line, I filled in as camera operator, and on Friday, I trained more freshmen in the radio station. They are too cute! I also went through my airchecks and picked new pieces for my next resume CD based on info Tandi had given me earlier. This week coming up, Titan Radio has a big promotion for chicken soup and a remote for Sexual Assault Awareness week.

Sweet Job Links...I know I've mentioned this before, but is a great way to look for radio jobs. I check it every few days, but Tandi yells at me and tells me to check it at LEAST once a day. Anothersite I like to check is I did an internship here, and while radio is my real love, I'm not ruling out options as a television news producer. When I interned, they had a few producers who were either still in college or recent grads.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Radio Girl of the Week 5

Heather for WAYV--a Hot AC station in Southern New Jersey (Atlantic City Arbitron market)--as the mid-day personality. She's pretty young, but she has a stellar resume! She started out at a local college radio station, then transferred toTemple University in Philadelphia. She first worked as a producer for various shows for Star 104.5 in the high profile market of Philadelphia. DeLuca then moved to television producing for Glass/Difede Productions before returning to radio as an on-air personality on 106.3 The Shore in Atlantic City. She started working at WAYV in 2002 as the nighttime jock, eventually working her way up to daytime!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Big Week

This week in broadcasting...was jam-packed, yet not stressful at all. I handle stress well. Saturday we gave tours of the station to prospective students and explained the Westminster Broadcasting program to them and their parents. Monday was the big promotion day for "Scream for Your Pizza." I was on the first shift to give away the pizzas and got to use the 360 to record the callers. We gave them away with no problem! I love saying “Nope, you’re called #2. Try again!” Tuesday was a big day as I went into Pittsburgh to start Board-Op Boot Camp at Infinity. I must say I was very nervous! However, it’s turning out to be an awesome experience!! Already I’ve learned how I need to re-work my emphasis on dramatic listener connection. This is something I'm consciously working on. Going OVER the top to connect to the audience is key!

I also produced The County Line (30-minute live television newscast for those who don’t know about it) this week. We had a lot of great content, but the quality seemed a little weak at first. The underclassmen have been awesome in contributing to the show, but they are still in the learning process and some things didn't turn out as planned for them. There were some stories with breaking news, including a package that Liz went to shoot just a few hours before the show--just like a commercial news station. We also had some technical difficulties with the 3/4" and one pre-recorded segment was eaten, so Luke and I re-did it at the last second. The show actually turned out really well, and timed out to the second!

Tonight I began a three week training period in on-air shifts for the freshmen. I had two girls so far, and they were both technically able and willing to learn. They just make me feel like a dinosaur!