Hudson Thompson – Same ole, same ole

It is week six here at The Bull in West Point. This week was actually fairly slow, I am definitely getting better on being live on the mic (I was there early in the morning again this week on Tuesday and Thursday to be with Smoot on his morning show), more relaxed, but also still having to be wary of what I say. It is interesting to me all the things that you are apparently not supposed to say on the radio, but are still said on the radio …it makes for interesting conversations, to say the least! Today, I assisted both Gator and Dr. Dave with making commercials.

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This is Gator, we were working on a commercial for a local grocery store

I am getting pretty slick with commercials, I am thinking after next week I will be able to make them on my own.  Steve Wheeler, station manager, wants me to finish converting music for the sister AM station before I get on making my own commercials. I am very close to being done with the bulk of the converting, and I am thinking after  some point next week (Tuesday or Thursday) I will be done with them for sure! So, I am excited to see what the next few weeks have in store for me, because making commercials is so much fun! I have found the production aspect of radio is what I have really enjoyed of late, and maybe later in life I can get into that portion of radio, or something related. We shall see!!

Hudson Thompson – Local Celebrity

It is week five here at the radio station. Probably my favorite week so far!! I got to do some really fun stuff!

This Tuesday was fairly uneventful, other than the fact that I made a lot of progress on ripping music for the A.M. sister station. I am very close to being done with that, finally.

This Thursday, which was Valentine’s Day, was the most fun I have had at the station so far. I came in super early to watch Steve Smoot do his morning radio show. Little did I know, he had no real plan for me, so I got to join him on the show. I was there the whole time and we took phone calls from people doing shout outs to their Valentines, birthdays, etc. We also had a lot of people calling in just to talk. We had other people from the station come and join us. We had 4-5 people in the station on at one time, occasionally. While all this was taking place, my phone was blowing up with text messages from people who were listening to me on the radio. It was very fun and intense! The whole day I had people telling me they had heard me on the radio – from people at the gym to my mom telling me she had people calling and texting her. I felt like a local celebrity … It was intense!

On a side note, Smoot said that was the most fun he’d had on the show in a long time. It was an ego/pride boost for me!

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This is Smoot. This is also right before I got on the mic to join in…

 

Today, there was a satellite taking place and I got to “run the board” for a little while which was fun. Also, now that I know how to do that, I will be doing that a lot more, which is great, because learning how to use the soundboard is crucial in the radio business!

So, it was an eventful week, for sure!