Brandon Lashley – “Check, Is This Thing On?”

PMBWe are just 2 weeks away from the steeplechase and I am beyond excited about it! Last week I went with the General Manager and the Executive Director and we went to PMB broadcasting. We ended up being on 3 radio stations, 1 live and 2 recorded. By far my favorite of the three was the live broadcast because it allowed me to talk impromptu about the steeplechase and working with the women of the steeplechase. we joked around for a minute on air and were able to talk about steeplechase in real time, which was an experience. The recording sessions were  interesting in their own right. the first one, the radio personality was quite humorous, and kept us entertained while the second was more structured and information based.

Another thing I was able to accomplish was updating and creating a webpage for the leadership of the steeplechase. I have never actually changed a website before and this was a great experience for me.

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Franchesca Renfroe -The BET Awards! … 7 1/2 Hours??

This was my first year watching the BET Awards as a press agent and not as a regular spectator. I definitely saw a huge difference between the two. EricaVain.com had a completely new look especially for the awards show, since we were expecting higher traffic that night. We were even streaming the awards live from the site so people could watch them online! The team and I were in the newsroom.

BETAwardsI made sure to have the coffee brewing because I knew it was going to be a long night. As soon as the awards show started I was assigning performances for people to cover. Then we had exclusive backstage footage to cover that our boss was sending us from LA. On top of that, we had to cover people’s looks at the awards show red carpet. Throughout the awards show I had to keep track of the winners and anything new that may have premiered during the show.

I was able to glance at what was going on every now-and-then, but in all honesty I didn’t see the entire show. I saw the highlight of performances, and who won each award, but that was about it. Once the award show was over, the work was not done. We were up working to get information out about the winners. We had to move quickly because timing was crucial. Then after all of that I went and wrote the articles for the movie premieres previews that happened during the show. By the time I was done, it was 3:30am. And It had been a whopping 7 1/2 hours to cover the awards show. If I didn’t have to work so late at my other job it would’ve been 10 hours. Whew! It was still a fun experience!

Zach – NPaCE – All coming together!

This last week has been a lot of planning. At this present moment I have been personally engaged in the production of the new NPACE center’s promotional video. Our group will meet sometime this week for a storming session, to include building a rough story board, discussing narrative, and finalizing character ideas. I think that I’m more excited to get the footage into editing and playing with the different video techniques. Fun stuff!

Last week in the workshop at NPACE with Dave Arwood we learned a bit about the view of a radio station from a management perspective and shortly there after we got a chance to play with the new sound boards and software! Now things are getting fun! Wednesday we will get the chance to check out PMB‘s Wynnton Road studio. We’ll be meeting some of the different personalities behind the mics, and getting a chance to see the “how” and “what” of what it is these guys really do. I had a chance last year to hang out in the studio getting some air time for our “Children of Music in Schools” program and it was amazing to see how it’s really done.

Also this week, I am beginning work on some new posters for NPACE. I have had an absolute blast playing around with the different editing softwares in the new (and might I add lavishly furnished) labs in Dillingham Hall.We are playing with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Indesign and a few others. Ever wonder how they doctor (edit) pictures in tabloid magazines? That’s what we’re playing with all week, too fun!!

I’m gonna have to wrap it up for today, but look forward to an early post this week as excited as I am about it’s happenings!! Until then…

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Music of the week; Alice In Chains: Your Decision

Post Layne (Stayle)and these cats are still putting out some great jams. No one will ever BE Layne, but Willy Duvall does a great job trying. This album has been out for a hot minute, but it’s still a must rip album (Black Gives Way To Blue)!!

English: William DuVall - Alice in Chains - Ro...

English: William DuVall – Alice in Chains – Roskilde Festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)