Mark Yanoschik- Air Show!

I had the privilege with getting to be on the Ranger Joe’s God and Country Show on 106.5 FM and 1420 AM last weekend during the Columbus in the Valley Air Show. It was an enjoyable experience that not only helped me build up my resume, but my media skills as well. PMB broadcasting gave the professors and students of the Columbus State University Communications department three hours to talk about the air show and the NPACE Center.

The air show was definitely an interesting place to broadcast a radio show live. Keeping the show going was not easy because there is only so much to say and you have to always stay interesting. Dr. Gibson and Dr. McCollough really helped the students who came to stay both informative as well as interesting. I am interested in working in media so I looked forward to the challenge. It was an incredible experience that truly epitomized why I chose the communications department of Columbus State University.

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Courtney Mason – Where have I been? NPACE

I took this picture when I hung out with the Friday Night Sports Focus people this week! Josh Pate in the zone!

I took this picture when I hung out with the Friday Night Sports Focus people this week! Josh Pate in the zone!

It has been quite some time since I have sat down and written a blog. I apologize to my many fans. My internship at NPACE has turned into a bit of a full-time job since the week before Spring Break. That is not a complaint. I am loving every minute of working down here. I feel like I am running around like a mad woman since the start of Art Beat, but according to people around me, things are going much better than last year.

A couple weeks ago I developed a new equipment checkout system. It has been going okay. It really does amaze me how people just don’t seem to read or comprehend simple instructions. That is probably my biggest complaint. I have to constantly remind people of the proper protocol.

We also got a GIANT cabinet for all our equipment with a lock on it. That was obviously needed more than anyone realized, as I went through our equipment list and we seem to be missing a few items that never got checked back in.

Anyway, the reason I have not been blogging is because I have been working around the clock with students and events, coordinating equipment, shooters, and everything else. It has been a real Murphy’s Law kind of week, that’s for sure. Still, I am enjoying myself, even if there is no sleep to be had! I work here from 9 until I have to go to my other job, and then I work there until 10 pm. What a wild time! I just have to keep my eyes on the prize, as they say!

Charissee McKee- Kickoff for Artbeat

This Thursday was the kick off for Artbeat! Everyone was excited about the opening event. The mayor was going to be there, as well as local news stations and present the Before I Die Wall, which was created by seniors from the Arts Department. I have never been a part of something of this magnitude, but I am excited about learning the ins and outs of what to do during Artbeat. I really see now that it takes a lot of work and planning. Thursday we were just trying to look for some blogs and invite them to Artbeat. We want people from different areas to know about this two week celebration.

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I got a little experience with social media, by actually posting a status on one of the pages. I had to thank those students who created the wall for Artbeat. One thing that Hannah told me is that it is always best to acknowledge those who have helped with anything publicly. If not, it can cause some major problems. We learned in PR to always be transparent, instead of letting an issue go unrecognized. Hannah has been a lot of help with trying to teach me about social media. I know I will be able to apply these tips in my future career.

Hudson Thompson – Sales. Maintaining old relationships and starting new ones.

This week at WCJM was awesome because I got to participate in sales!

I’ve been there for weeks and the one branch of radio I feel I have not gotten to get into was sales, so I asked Steve Wheeler, our station manager, if I could go out and participate in that. He said yes, so Friday, I got all dressed up and went out with Dr. Dave. He is a DJ here that also does sales, just like Smoot. There is also Mike, whom I have never mentioned, that works at the Bull who is strictly sales. And, lastly, Gator  is the production manager.

Friday, I was able to go out and participate in sales with Dave. The first place we went to was the new Merle Norman in Valley, Alabama. They have done advertising with us in the past a few times, and plan on doing it in the future. Now, that of course was mentioned in the 20+ minutes we were there, but what I found out Dave’s approach is – he likes to talk and make people feel comfortable. He talked about what was going on in his life lately, he told her about his niece and other recent happenings, etc.

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After we left he told me that for him, sales is really is about finding common ground with people and making them feel comfortable. I applied what I am learning in my Intro to PR class and we talked about how one must maintain old relationships while also starting new ones with new clientele. We also got to talk to some potential new clientele in Valley at Jin Express for a moment before we were basically shot down and he told us, “I’ll talk to Smoot.” This is something Dave said to never get offended by or worry about, because this happens all the time – some people want to deal with a certain person or could even NOT want to deal with you because of some other person. It is just the way it is in small town radio.

It was a fun and interesting time, and I could feasibly see myself working in sales!

Malinda Shamburger- The Night of Stars

As part of my internship, I attended a talent show at The First Presbyterian Church. The young ladies from the Anne Elizabeth Shepherd home put on a top-notch talent show. For those not familiar with the Shepherd home, it is a residential program providing services for abused girls ages 7-17. The girls live on the campus and they also attend school there. There can be such a stigma attached to children that grow up in this type of environment.

What we have to remember is they are victims, and places like the Shepherd home is a safe haven for them. The Shepherd home has a long history in Columbus. In the 1800’s it served as an orphanage. Over the years, it has evolved to what it is today a home for young ladies.

Now back to the talent show, the girls had a wonderful time displaying their many talents. There were artists, a christian rapper, dancers, hula hoopers, etc.

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It is evident that the girls had a great time, but they were not the only ones. The members of First Presbyterian had a great time as well. What made the night special was that the girls got a chance to just be girls in the midst of old friends and new friends. I think the smiles on their faces tell a story of its own. Great job ladies, we cannot wait to see what you have for us next year!

Cory Veal-Youth of the Year dinner and more PSAs

This week was one for the books. I had the pleasure to attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley’s Youth of the Year dinner at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. It was very fun and exciting. I was able to mingle with the children from all the Boys & Girls clubs in the area as well as Board member and my colleagues from the administration office where I intern. The dinner announced which club member would advance in the Youth of the Year competition in Atlanta to compete for the $1,000 scholarship.

Megan McLellan, a senior at Hardaway High School was announced as the winner by the end of the night. All the contestants were great and their efforts to give back to the clubs and the community is well appreciated. I wish Megan all the luck as she heads to Atlanta this Sunday to compete once again.

Here are a few pictures from the night!

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This week at the NPACE center I had the opportunity to write more PSA’s for the radio show. The PSA’s were centered around Artbeat and the activities they will have going on this week. I can’t wait to attend some of the Artbeat events these next  couple of weeks.

Christina Kleehammer – WTVM – Week 8: Producers (Part II)

This week, I had the task of coming-up with the Kicker for the 5 o’clock news on WTVM News Leader 9.  The Kicker is an upbeat story at the end that closes the news show on a positive note.  At first, I was going to write a story about a seagull that landed on the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel and stayed there grooming itself for quite some time as the world watched for smoke.  I had chosen the footage and was working on the quirky script when suddenly, white smoke appeared from the chimney, signaling that the new Roman Catholic Pope had been chosen.  For the rest of the day, this was the top news story with live footage on every major network all over the world.  So, all of the WTVM producers rearranged their shows to make room for it, and as for me, it seemed that the right time for the seagull story had passed.

White Smoke on the WTVM Newsroom Monitors

White Smoke on the WTVM Newsroom Monitors

Back to the drawing board!

In the end, I wrote a short segment about this viral video of baby seals playing on a wind-surfboard.  It was really cute, and the 5 o’clock producer was pleased with it.  Not exactly headline news, but it was a slim-pickin’s kind of day for kicker stories, and the segment accomplished it purpose as the anchors signed-off with a chuckle.  This was also a great experience for me to learn all aspects of producing a news story from start to finish.

My baby seals story going on live air in the WTVM Production Control room.

My baby seals story going on live air in the WTVM Production Control room.