NPACE: I’ll Never Forget You, My Semester Wrapped Into One

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NPACE has been the place that I’ve spent my entire semester in. I’ve done my internship here, and I’ve also made lifelong friends. The experiences that are encountered in NPACE are a once and a lifetime thing. I’ve learned how to better my communication and leadership skills, and also perfect my editing skills. These skills are skills I will take with me forever. I never thought that I would learn how to use diffusers and produce a radio show all at the same time. But here I’ve been able to do that.Just the thought that I’m about to graduate and will never work with these people again as students saddens me. The time I’ve spent here has made me feel like I’ve created a joint family in the Communication Department. I just want to share some more pictures of my experience and time here with everyone.

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It’s Hard to Say Goodbye: Final CPR Recording

This semester has taught me so much about people, their work ethic, and what’s really important to them. I’ve watched the students of CPR go from very shy students to opening up and having the time of their lives recording for their show. That within itself is one of the things that I will take with me and cherish as I prepare to graduate. This week, the final episode of Columbus Public Radio was recorded and it was a bittersweet moment for me. It would be the end of my independent study and internship, but I have built life long relationships with these people.

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For the last time, I sent them all an email telling them “don’t forget to have your segments ready to record next week!” but this time at the end of my message it would say…”for the final time.” They went into overload, and came together to put together their last and final show. I told them to make sure that they made it special and brought out the best them that they could.

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As I asked, they made their final show their best one yet! I’m very proud that I was chosen to be their content coordinator. I was able to lead a group of hardworking and determined students to help them create something that they would have been very proud of. Thank you K’Niqua, Aliyah, Sophie, Brandon, Cayresten, Henry (not pictured), Raigan (Not pictured), Mathew(Not Pictured), and Ventrine (not pictured), for all of your hard work and dedication to Columbus Public Radio.

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Being Well Rounded

NPACE provides a lot of equipment and time for one to perfect their craft. I’ve been working on CPR so long, that I’ve snuck off and got myself interested in some other things…camera production.

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Eric Barnhardt is one of the staff members in NPACE, and he is very hands on with the camera equipment, so who better to learn something from than him. He’s constantly showing me the fundamentals of the camera , and the different angles that I can use to take great video. Today we shot a mini commercial for another intern in NPACE. Although it was just practice, the work that went into it was very real.

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We started from the bottom from setting up the camera, and diffusers, and then it was time to film! Brandi Phillips was a great test subject! I was able to be her “hype-man” and really get her into the swing of things. The bright lights is one of my favorite parts about everything.

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It wouldn’t be right if I did not give it a try myself. You never really know what you’re capable of until you’re forced to give it a try. I must be more than radio. I have to be well-rounded.

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CPR: Girls Say What?!

CPR Radio has different segments of the show which are Music, Entertainment, Politics, and News. “Girls Say Whatttt” is the title of the entertainment segment. The hosts of this amazing segment are Sophie Jones, K’Niqua Browne, and Aliyah Anglin. These three girls all have different personalities, that allow them to come together as one, and produce a great segment.

K'Niqua A.K.A. Diamond K

K’Niqua A.K.A. Diamond K

K’Niqua is 1/3 of “Girls Say What,”  when we first started she was so shy and not too fond of her voice because it is so soft, but now she has progressed tremendously and is taking the lead to become better at her craft.

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Aliyah Anglin is 2/3 of the group and although I love to be in there with everyone while they are recording, with students like her, there’s no need for me to be. She can record her group’s segment and edit it all at the same time. Things like this make me very excited. I teach the girls that it is very important to be well rounded in this field.

Fireball Sophie

Fireball Sophie

The last member of the group is Sophie Jones. Sophie has a dynamic radio voice that is energetic and captivating! When I heard Sophie live for the first time I was immediately blown away. There’s so much talent inside of her and all of the girls that I sometimes sit back and watch them work together in amazement. They are all dedicated to what we do in NPACE and its quite refreshing.

How Do You Expect Someone to Follow if You Don’t Lead?…

CPR has taught me to have patience. Everyone does not learn the same. Some can be told what to do , and execute the plan, and others must be shown. Everything that I know, I did not learn on my own, I had someone to watch and help groom me. I always carry that reminder with me while I’m helping the students of CPR. I make it my business as much as possible, to be in the recording room with them as they record.

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In this picture above, this was the first time that student Brianna Mcclain had ever done any form of radio. She was nervous to sit in the recording chair, and she was also nervous to know what she would sound like, so I decided to be her test dummy. I sat in the recording chair and talked with her, to make her comfortable. It was the exact same thing that Dave Arwood at PMB Broadcasting had done for me.

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I could see that working as she began to ease up a lot more and smile. I’ve learned that building a working relationship of comfort, will go a long way with your team. Always be there to uplift them and motivate them , so that they may work harder and ask more questions. I let my team know that they are important to me, and that I am accessible to them at all cost.20140929_164528

I always have the best time when I’m sitting behind a mic. It’s the best experience ever.

CPR: Training with Mathew and Kim

The primary goal when CPR was brought to the table was to train the students to be able to put on a great radio show. One of the ways we do this is by helping the students with proper one-on-one hands on training. It’s important that they know how to work all of the equipment that they have access to in NPACE. Training with Mathew Gay is first priority. I’ve trained with them, but training with Mathew on the equipment is the best way for anyone to learn.

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During this training session, Mathew was training with the music segment crew. He was breaking down the show concept, segments, and how important it is for them to hit their time mark. This was one of the first times that the students got to really put the headphones on and hear themselves talking through the mic. Prior to training with Mathew, they had to bring content ready to record and practice.

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Kimberly Dutton is another crew member in NPACE that is knowledgeable about the equipment and radio. She and the Entertainment crew got together to practice their first couple of segments. Being the content coordinator I sit and observe and watch the group of students during all of their recordings for their facial expressions, their brainstorming process, and their passion through recording. So far so good.20140926_173425-1

David Pope Visits the CPR team

Throughout the semester, the CPR team has to undergo a lot of training. Several of the students a part of CPR have never done radio before, but it is something that they are truly passionate about. Dr. Gibson set up a list of guest host that could come in and help the students, and David Pope was one of those guests.

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David Pope works at AFLAC in Columbus, Georgia, but he also does a lot of voiceover work. During his hour-long session with the team, he discussed many ways to help us develop better radio voices. Pope made sure to stress the importance of reading any and everything that is in reach. Read in different voices to find the voice that you like. Enunciation is a huge one, and there were a lot of breathing techniques involved. Sitting during this meeting I was just amazed at the amount of things that went into the voice over work. Radio and voice over work are almost completely the same thing. I’ve always wanted to do voice over animation so who knows if David Pope has sparked a new interest. Either way I’m always appreciative when guests drop by.