Hudson Thompson – Saturday Cinema Style

This Saturday I get to go and assist with the filming of “Active Shooter” that CSU’s Communication Department is producing! Now, I have heard that there will be copious amounts of blood in this movie… And, that is great. I’m pretty excited. Hopefully Quentin Tarantino sees it and is so impressed with my assistance solely taking place in the background, he hires me to assist on his next blockbuster.

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Future employer.

Also, next week I am allegedly going to be featured in a video for the Communication Department. The video is for a program that the department is trying to get funding for! Hopefully I will be able to help them out.

Hudson Thompson – Gym Meets Radio

This week has been interesting just because I got to mix 2 of my favorite things! The gym and making commercials on the radio! It was funny, because we were going to make a commercial for 9th Street Fitness (my place of employment), so I got to not only help write the commercial with Gator, but got to talk a little bit about what we have to offer at the gym (i.e. memberships, tanning, classes, etc.). It was definitely fun getting to work on something I knew a good deal about. We even made a fun little slogan for it!

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My workplace…Just a few blocks over from the radio station!

So, this week was fun. Getting to make a commercial is always a blast, but doing it on something you know and love is even better! Yes, my time is winding down. I have definitely enjoyed my time at the radio station and have learned a lot from this experience!

Hudson Thompson – Saturday is Mine

So, this week I got to do the Saturday’s voice-tracking again! This is where I basically have a “show” from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. I talk in between the songs and commercials and “sell the station, sell the music and mainly sell myself” (quote from Gator – one of the DJ’s at WCJM). It was a great time and I definitely was not expecting to do it again! Steve Wheeler, the station manager said he missed my last show, so he gave me the opportunity to do another one!

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Gator adjusting music, etc. after my voice-tracking was completed.

 It is definitely fun being on the radio, but there are some pros and cons about recording instead of being live. I have found that I do like the fact you get to hear what you said, and context in which it was meant – such as 2 weeks ago when I recorded on a  Friday and heard myself on Saturday. That was neat! Also, I like the fact you can re-record if you mess up. The downside of all that, and also the pros of doing it live, is the fact that spontaneity is THE factor. There is no spontaneity when you pre-record; you plan it all out.

Also, when you are recording live, there is the potential of something new coming up every time (ties in with spontaneity). A phone call could come in, someone could walk in and talk, if you are on with someone else doing a morning show (i.e. John Boy and Billy), they could come up with something. There is a plethora of things that could happen. While, with pre-recording, it is all very planned out and it seems it could easily turn in to the same regimen every day, which could get a little boring for me. I really would like to try my own live show one day, maybe with someone else, even! That would be very fun! But, it will not happen here, I will have to be working at a radio station and be brought on as a DJ! Hopefully, one day!

Hudson Thompson – It’s alive

This week has been interesting because of the simple fact I have gotten to work on my very first liner (and actually dig into this software that they use to make commercials and liners a little more and find out some of the more detailed features).

For this liner, I took out a page of CNN’s playbook and we had a guy (with a ridiculously deep voice) named Tavares come in and say “This is not CNN, this is the Bull” and multiple other things.

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The Bull… Not quite as legit as CNN. But, we’re getting there.

Since I am making these liners for Steve Smoot’s show in the morning, “The Little Show,” I edited Tavares’ lines and got him to say “This is not CNN, this is the little show with Steve Smoot.” I had one of CNN’s music beds playing under it, and when the word “not” happened a record needle scratch happened and cue the country music and loud noises. This liner is definitely still a work in process and I am, by no means, “good” with the software yet, but I will get there. Lastly, I have found that the production aspect of radio is definitely my favorite and I really might like to pursue something in that field!

Hudson Thompson – Check me out on Saturdays…

Alright, so this week was super-insane-crazy-awesome!
Tuesday and Thursday, I helped Dave out with his show. Also, I got to help Gator out with some of the usual stuff. The thing that stood out Thursday was we were all listening to a station that the company that owns our station also owns. They had some great liners (the things in between songs/people talking that have explosions/weird noises/sounds/etc. and say the name of the station and have a catch phrase or something along those lines). So, we got to talking and Dave said that the station gets their interns to work on a lot of the promos and liners, etc. I saw this as my chance to yell “I’ve been telling you guys to let me write the greatest liner of all time!”

So, now I have been given that task.

Next week, I will embark on the creation of a liner so delicious, Gordon Ramsey won’t be able to touch it!

Today was especially fun, because, I officially voice tracked 5 hours. From 9 AM – 2 PM – I, Hudson Myles Thompson, will be on 100.9 WCJM The Bull!

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Finishing up voice tracking the 9:00 hour

 I see different DJ’s voice-tracking and I guess it is because I am usually busy with other things, but I don’t notice them taking a long time. But, I know this, it felt like it took me a while to finish those 5 hours. Regardless, it was awesome, and I am stoked to do it again!

If any of you guys get the chance to listen to the station, it is 100.9. And, I’ll be on from 9 AM – 2 PM. It is definitely not my style of music and I had fun with that (mispronouncing names, talking about bands I know nothing about)! But, I had a good time, nonetheless!

Hudson Thompson – Dub & Disappointment

This week was somewhat of a let down when it came to Friday. Earlier this week, I was told that I would get to do some voice-tracking for an upcoming commercial (AKA I’m going to be on the radio immortalized in a commercial)! But, of course, something comes up with work and I have to go to work instead of getting to make the commercial. So, hopefully, I will get my chance to do that on the next commercial that requires extra voices!

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Voice-tracking… You will be mine.

On Tuesday and Thursday, I was put to the testt when station manager, Steve Wheeler, asked me to dub in a commercial.  I would have been able to do it flawlessly IF I knew the email password (which I now know how to enter the email I needed) to access the pre-made commercials. In the past, when I dubbed in commercials and beds they were already where I needed them and I did not have to hunt for them. However, next time I will be ready for sure!  I dubbed in some more commercials Thursday, and Tuesday I assisted Dr. Dave with his show. I am getting great at making bad jokes (his show is filled with funny stories and ridiculous jokes). There is never a dull moment!

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!