Today in the elevator (after I had fetched coffee for a cast member), I started conversation with the host of a sports radio station that shares the floor with us. He asked me something that I hadn’t really thought of: Do you want to be an on-air personality one day?
To be honest, I have yet to outline my goals for this internship, something that my last boss taught me was critical in making an internship fulfilling. As it’s been a few weeks (and after not knowing how to answer the host’s question), it’s time to figure out what I want from this summer. While my mindset has been to learn as much as I can, having specific goals will allow me to plan ways to achieve them, making my learning more organized.
First goal, be on the radio. This may be a littler superficial, sure, but I would love to have a story to tell or a comment to chime in. This is where gaining confidence comes in. As I’m more comfortable with the cast members (who are Atlanta celebs!), I can interject more of my thoughts in conversation and they may include me on-air.
Second is to make connections with members of different stations. Our floor is home to six or seven shows, so that shouldn’t be hard. I run into different people often, so next week I will try to be more intentional.
Third, learn how sales works. Media buying is becoming bigger and bigger through radio, TV and internet. Half of our floor is taken up with salespeople who work with the financial parts of every show here. This could be an interesting and fun career for me in the future (and one I hadn’t previously considered), so learning from them could enrich my experience.
Wish me luck as I try to make these goals reality!
P.S. LOOK WHO I GOT TO MEET!