Below is my history in radio. Obviously a resume does the trick much quicker, but this is a nice narrative of my development over the past 13 years.
– First visit to high school radio station WIQH-FM for Earth Science recording project. Trained for on-air and fill first (and only) on-air shift.
– Continued to fill in from time to time on-air, became involved with sports broadcasts for baseball as color announcer.
– In fall, received first regular radio show titled “Achilles Last Stand” consisting of classic rock 9-10pm Fridays.
– Broadcasted most home football games as color announcer.
– Involvement with WIQH increased.
– Applied for Sport Director and General Manager positions on station management. Sports was first preference, but GM sounded like a good gig. Hired as the General Manager for the 2005-2006 school year.
– Broadcasted more baseball games and all home football games.
– “Achilles Last Stand” continued for a 2nd year.
– Top album: Robert Plant And The Strange Sensation Mighty Rearranger
– As General Manager, increased the amount of total on-air hours by increasing automation of weekends.
– Oversaw the station’s Battle Of The Bands.
– Broadcasted more baseball games and even announced a Girl’s Lacrosse game.
– Arranged the 2nd annual 48 For 88, when two DJs broadcasted for 48 consecutive hours.
– Received Station Member Of The Year Award for the 2005-2006 school year and Rotary Club award as a leader of a school organization.
– Accepted into Emerson College.
– At Emerson, immediately sought out WERS-FM, known as one of the top student run college stations in the country. Started at WERS by organizing music library for upcoming format change to Triple-A. Received Wednesday overnight shift and filled in during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday breaks.
– Dabbled in TV as VTR for Emerson Channel. Accidentally did not record first show after no one showed me how to do it properly.
– Top album: Regina Spektor Begin To Hope
– Moved to midday shift on WERS.
– Increased involvement at WERS by moving thousands of cuts to organize DAD/ENCO system. Also loaded hundreds of songs to update system.
– Became Program Director at WECB Internet Radio, organizing the schedule for the free form station.
– Received Up For Anything Award during Spring 2007 semester.
– Promoted to Assistant Program Director of WERS in April. Became primary contact for all shows and in charge of scheduling. Also oversaw organization DAD/ENCO.
– Organized implementation of DAD/ENCO for full use on all weekday programming.
– Moved to afternoons starting in May.
– Trained on how to conduct on-air interviews.
– Top albums: The Shins Wincing The Night Away and Robert Plant And Alison Krauss Raising Sand
– Top interview: Eric Hutchinson (he may have been my only interview…not sure)
– Left Assistant Program Director position at WERS and became General Manager at WECB. Rebuilt the management and increased expectations of the on-air staff. Organized creative events to attract students to the station. Created budget approved by Student Government Association for 2008-2009 school year.
– Continued on afternoon shift on WERS and moved to a morning shift in September.
– Received Most Improved DJ Award for Spring 2008 semester.
– Interned at WZLX-FM/CBS Radio Boston. Duties included audio editing at the speed of light, driving to Cambridge to seek interview with man living in his gas station so it wouldn’t be closed, and, once, getting coffee.
– Received Best On-Air Content Award in Fall 2008
– Top albums: David Byrne And Brian Eno Everything That Happens Will Happen Today and Delta Spirit Ode To Sunshine
– Top interview: Bon Iver
– Moved back to afternoon shift on WERS.
– Left WECB to pursue other opportunities, mainly a job at a commercial station. Continued to consult on other projects.
– Board-op for second annual All A Cappella Live.
– Received EVVY (a student run Emerson awards show) for Best On-Air Personality.
– Promoted to Program Director of WERS in April. Focused on building up a weak gold library and improving current rotations. Also trained next generation of programmers for the station.
– Held first ever one day fund drive. Produced 4th edition of Music For The Independent Mind, a CD of songs from in-studio performances, for Fall membership drive.
– Achieved 185,000+ cume and 1.0 share.
– Arranged very successful trip to Folk Festival 50 with creative promotions for ticket giveaways and multimedia wrap up material on wers.org.
– Top album: Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
– Top interview: Eric Hutchinson or Regina Spektor
– Left Program Director position to focus on new job opportunities but still assisted with programming and other major projects. On-air during mornings and afternoons.
– Graduated from Emerson College.
– Moved to LA in what can only be described as a “leap of faith”. Worked at the Container Store.
– Top albums: Spoon Transference and Robert Plant Band Of Joy
– Top interview: One eskimO
– Continued to work at The Container Store until May at close to full time hours.
– Hired at WSGE-FM as Assistant Program/Music Director in Dallas, NC. Greatly increased size of the music library and moved mornings from close to no listenership to .2 share in 3 months. Built GSelector database from scratch.
– Switched to afternoons in October.
– Top album: Adele 21
– Top interview: Ryan Bach Band
– Continued work at WSGE-FM
– Built new website with Gaston College’s IT department to replace an outdated design. The new WordPress based design allowed for much greater versatility and more unique web based content.
– Returned to morning shift in August; cume increased from 1,200 to 5,600 in October.
– Top album: Father John Misty Fear Fun
– Top interview: Mike Doughty
– Continued work at WSGE-FM
– Started recording in-studio sessions with renovated studios. Recordings include Kopecky Family Band, Bronze Radio Return, David Childers, and Jesse Dee.
– Continued expanding promotional opportunities on the station by setting up relationships with Live Nation Carolinas and Maxx Music.
– Left WSGE-FM to move back to Los Angeles
– Hired as Programming Assistant at KCSN-FM to assist with programming, social media, promotions, production, and more.
– Created Tracking Triple A blog on TripleARadio.com, interviewing General Managers and Programmers about their non-commercial Triple A stations.
– Voiced and produced promos and spots
– Started voice tracking Sunday 3-6pm shift.
– Top album: Head And The Heart Let’s Be Still
– Continue work at KCSN-FM with increase in hours
– Expanded use of Facebook, Twitter, and, especially, Instagram
– Trained interns with social media for KCSN-HD2 The Latin Alternative
– Created new membership database and digital pledge form with Membership Director and web development contractors. Identified bugs when launched and assisted phone volunteers with questions
– Launched iPhone and Android Apps
– On-air across dayparts during membership drive, which brought more members than any drive previously
– Interviewed The Hold Steady, Augustana, and Needtobreathe on location at Sunset Sessions
– Sent and executed promotional proposals to area venues for ticket giveaways and KCSN Presents shows.
– Met rock hero Robert Plant
– Top interview: The Hold Steady
– Top album: St. Vincent St. Vincent
– Continued work at KCSN-FM
– Created a consistent template for homepage slides on KCSN.org
– Assisted with the shortened Spring Membership Drive, which saw record donations in record time
– Involved with setting up member events surrounding The Lone Bellow at TOMS headquarters and BØRNS private show
– Represented KCSN at previews for Adele, Alabama Shakes, Dwight Yoakam, and Joy Williams
– Promoted to Assistant Program Director in September
– Started booking bands to perform at KCSN’s Stage at The Village At Westfield Topanga
– Top album: Jason Isbell Somewhere More Than Free
– Increased involvement with programming by booking live sessions, reviewing music, and meeting with label promoters and artist managers
– Recorded interviews with Catfish & The Bottlemen, DMAs, and Declan McKenna
– Attended SXSW in Autsin, TX
– More regularly represented KCSN at concerts and other industry events
– Top album (so far): Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide To Earth