Being a pre-med/math major, I spend a lot of my time studying. Radio is a nice escape from the endless hours I spend staring at a textbook. I have discovered this semester that there are countless possibilities to get involved at the radio station, and I have enjoyed learning and taking on new responsibilities.
This year I started doing a Sonic Sunrise show. This is a shift that runs from 7-9am every weekday. It’s different from a normal air shift in that there are a lot more talk breaks and it requires you to do sports and news. As much as I’m not a morning person, I don’t mind getting up at 6am on Tuesdays to come in and share my thoughts to whoever might be listening.
Radio Roulette is a specialty show that airs every Friday night from 9-12. Each week two new guests make a playlist with a certain theme or genre of music, and give talk breaks on why they chose the music they did and some fun facts about it. It’s Radio Roulette- “you never know what you’re gonna get”. I love being able to have the power to play what I want to on the radio and get to express my passion for music.
This year I have also taken on the responsibility of social media director. I help manage our website and social media accounts. I have loved being able to use my creativity to design logos for our specialty shows and format our website. This position has helped me become a little more acclimated with modern day technology use and its importance.
There are also opportunities to record daily news, sports, and music news. This gives you experience with editing and formatting sound waves to produce it on air. If you like doing stuff like this you might also be interested in production. This involves writing and producing promos for events happening around campus.
The radio station has something for everyone. From music, to sports, to news, to just being on the radio, there is a home for anyone who is brave enough to find it. I’m glad I have found my home and have found friends who have become like family to me. Coming to Gannon, never in a million years would I have thought I’d be involved with the school radio station, and now I can’t imagine what my life would be without it.