Trusting the Process : Interview with Kirsten King


Today I was honored to interview the CEO of D30 Radio and D30 Entertainment Ms. Kirsten King. This was the first interview that she had ever done speaking on her life , and the fact that she wanted to do it with me was a blessing. I’ve learned so much from this woman over the course of my internship. She’s taught me everything from what it takes to put an effective radio show together, production ,and has helped perfect my interview skills.

There is always room for improvement, and I’m striving for that everyday, but with the help of her she’s shown me that women can do anything that they put their mind too. I’ve learned that you must be able to do everything if there is any chance of sustaining a career in this profession. I’ve learned that an entertainer, especially a radio host, needs to be an asset and not a liability. One must provide its audience with great content that will keep them tuned in every week. 

Promotion, promotion, promotion is the key to make sure that your target audience tunes in! I’ve learned that there will be good days with great numbers, and some days the numbers will not be that great. With confidence just keep trying and that’s exactly what I plan to do. The number one thing that I got out of my interview with Ms. King today was that no matter what trust the process. Rome wasn’t built overnight. 

My internship experience overall has been amazing!

TOOLS for Schools Davis Broadcasting Inc.

Schools are starting back and Davis Broadcasting is always trying to give back to the community in one-way or another. This year they are continuing there giving spirit with the annual back to school “ school supply drive” titled tools for schools. In the past they would ask the local Wal-Mart closest to the station, which is Wal-Mart on Buena Vista Rd to donate school supplies and the community to donate school supplies. Then the station would take the supplies to families in need.

However this year the promotions director here at DBI and the General Manager at the Wal-Mart on Buena Vista Rd, combined forces to make it so that all the Wal-Mart’s in the columbus area donated supplies and set up baskets at all the registers for donations and binds set up at the entrances/exits to the store for people to buy supplies and drop them off in the bins.

We have had about six meetings discussing all the technicalities of the event; in those meetings I was the official note taker! After all the meetings I would type all of my notes and send them to all the directors at the station. I also got the privilege of designing the banners that are at the Wal-Mart’s.

This weekend is the big finally of the event. Friday people from all over Columbus will be driving by the station dropping of school supplies, with the intent to have enough to fill up the FOXIE105 van. Then the next day we will be at all the Wal-Mart’s in columbus driving around in the station vans and we will also be promoting live at the events doing call in’s.I am stationed to help pack the vans with schools supplies this weekend. It is fun to help the community and learn the ropes of planning an event at the same time!


This is one of the bins that are located inside of the station for drop offs!


Last Week Of Interning-WLTZ

I’ve enjoyed my internship and I’ve learned many duties of a production assistant. I’ve enhanced my editing skills and I’ve learned how tonier new software. I was shown how to perform camera operations for news broadcasts as well as how to use an audio board. New software I learned how to use includes Premier and After Effects. My internship was fairly short, being that it was only for the summer semester. However, I still feel as if I learned a great deal. I gained much insight into how broadcast news works and how fast paced it is. I look forward to using the skills I’ve learned to pursue a career in broadcast news.

So far….So Good…More to Come.

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Over the course of the summer, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some very hardworking artists and entrepreneurs who are striving for greatness everyday. They’ve been polite and informative towards me on this journey since my show has begun. Each week there was a new challenge for me to become more and more comfortable with myself, the microphone, and my audience. I have come out of my shell tremendously and also has boosted my confidence.

I always knew that I wanted to do radio, but in the back of my mind I wondered if I had what it took to make it a reality. There are a lot of great personalities that are working in radio right now. They have a fan base that love them for them , and that seems to be the thing that has kept them going. My fan base on social media loves me for me , and the content that I give them weekly. I’m empowered and I will continue to work on my craft daily. Big things are coming.

Real Talk with Chequelle: Midday Monster

The older we get the more nutrition and exercise plays an important factor in our lives. I had the pleasure of interviewing Author Katrina Butler Hill on Real Talk with Chequelle. She is not only an author who has written two books, but she is also a fitness trainer and an aerobics instructor. We were able to discuss many things. She’s been an entrepreneur for 20 years after quitting a stable job to pursue her dreams of becoming a fitness instructor with her husband. She taught me a lot during this interview. I learned more than the importance of working out from Mrs. Hill, but also the importance of women empowerment. 10376921_774922399219182_6237290371520661410_n (1)   Besides providing great interviews and laughs on my show, I’ve been given a nickname from the employees of the station and also my listeners. I’ve been deemed the “cute midday monster,” and I must admit that I really like it. It means that I’m a cute girl with sass and I mean business. I want to provide my listeners with not only great music, but also a good time. When I ask my questions they are straight to the point and serious and they are something that I take pride in. I’ve been told I have a unique interviewing style. From the beginning of this show I can see that I have improved by a thousand. Here’s a picture of how serious my face gets when I’m interviewing guests. Enjoy! 10527503_779244705453618_3826638543825465668_n (1)

Editing, Filming, and Audio-WLTZ


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I’ve continued to edit television promos, film the evening/nightly news, and the sports show. I edited more radio promos this past week. The radio promos are edited using Premier. I’m not too familiar with the Premier software, so I consider this a new experience. I’ve only used Premier once, and I was assisted at the time. I’ve pretty much performed the duties of a production assistant, with the exception of a few tasks such as working the audio sound board. Being that I’m entering the last week of my internship, I hope to learn more about audio!

Cuts for Kids… Traveling in the Station Van!


For the past week we have had to go to basically every barbershop and salon in the Columbus Phoenix City area. So if you have seen the Foxie105 van or the ESPN van outside a salon it was us. The Promotions Director and I have been riding around trying to get salons and barbershops to participate in the annual cuts for kids that Davis Broadcasting has done for the passed 23 years.




I have learned that when putting on a free event it can be difficult to convince people or company’s to provide their services, even when they are technically getting paid. How does this work? Well radio stations don’t get their money from people just tuning in, because we don’t pay to hear the radio. Radio stations want people to tune in to get high ratings, why? Because they get their money from sponsors and sponsors will pay more money to be featured on air when that station has higher ratings. So when a station ask a company to donate their services they intern will provide them with air time which would normally cost them more money that what their services actually cost. However trying to explain that to these companies sometimes is a little bit difficult.




Today the Promotions Director said she was going to send me in alone to try and convince a salon owner into participating in the event. I was extremely nervous, I was also glad I looked the part today I had on a nice black suit and just gotten my hair done. From what I learned in my persuasion class, you have to be the product you sell, going into a hair salon I would want my hair to look amazing and trying to convince them to give us their services away I would need to look professional and trustworthy!




I went into the salon gave them my spill and it was a success!!! I was so happy I got the salon to commit to doing 75 little girls hair for the event! It was very scary but I am so glad she let me do it!




Jazz on the River Success!

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Jazz on the River was a success! I was glad to be apart of making this event possible! There were a lot of different people from all areas and age groups in attendance to the event. I arrived two hours prior to the event to help with set up, posting the stations logos and the events sponsors everywhere! I even was aloud to ride in the BMW that was brought to the event.


When the event was going on I was stationed at the winners tent where the on air winners received their VIP Michelob Ultra passes for the event. Most of the event I was able to enjoy the sweet sounds of jazz from the local and regional artist that came and performed live. It was also fun to network with the press that came to the event, WSBTV and The Ledger Inquire. I also assisted the station coordinator of the event with bringing all the acts to the stage at the proper times.


One act that performed was a band called “Unknown Lyric” they were a band from Atlanta Georgia that just played instruments no vocals which explains their name. They were the closers of the event and when they performed the crowd was raving in applause. It was really nice to be backstage and get to meet them!


When the event came to a close one of the other interns and I went around getting statements from people in attendance about their experience at the event, and their comments or concerns. Finally when the event came to a close the station team and I went around packing up all the banners equipment that we had brought and we thanked everyone that passed by for coming to the event and not to forget to come again next month.

Filming At WLTZ

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My duties the previous week still focused on filming and editing. I continued to edit television and radio promos, and film the evening and nightly news. However, I did learn new skills in filming. Usually filming the news broadcasts just requires me to focus on the anchors correctly. I have to position the cameras to get a good shot of the anchors and meteorologists. Now, WLTZ is filming for a new sports show. Filming for the sports show is different than filming news broadcast. The sports show requires more camera movement and following of the hosts.

Even though I still performed camera operations last week, I learned a new aspect of the task. I feel that I’m gaining new experience that will allow me to not be limited to just new production.

Jazz on the River


Jazz on the River an annual event hosted by Davis Broadcasting and the Civic Center returns again this year and thanks to the teachings of Youngrak Park my interactive media professor at Columbus State I was equipped with the skills to design this years jazz on the river flyer!

This was a really fun project to do, when I was casually showing some of my work to some of the employees at the station word got out that I was skilled in Photoshop. Which resulted in the Director reaching out to me, about designing the flyer. I loved the real life application that I could use from my class to this actual situation. In my class the professor talked about taking what the client wants and making it. They gave me basically a free range of creativity when designing, only asking for the “J” in Jazz to be a musical instrument. When making the flyer I went back to the drawing board three times until I pleased my client. Each time the Director saw something in my visual that could cause communication errors from the audience.


My first design was so different from the ones they did in the past, they did not want people to be confused on if it was a completely different event or not.

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My second design was uniformed with the past, however the dark background suggested a night event versus an evening event,


My third design they were extremely pleased, everyone at the station loved it!



However we did have a issue with the last design when it was time for the Civic Center to display the flyer on the screens outside the building the last design was too colorful to show clearly, making it hard for people to see the information on the poster. So I had to make a simple design just for the Civic Center display monitors.



It was fun to see the communication process that goes into making something like this!