How You Can Work in Radio: Interview with Angie Irick
Our Columbus, OH campus did a series on how to perform better on camera where they reached out to local television talent with short interview questions. The response was GREAT.
So great - that we thought we'd give it a shot with our other areas.
And here we are! Our Ohio Center for Broadcasting Cincinnati, OH campus did a little outreach to folks in the media community there. Below is a short interview with Angie Irick who does News & Traffic on 103.5 WGRR in Cincinnati, OH!
OCB: When did you realize Radio or TV was your goal?
AI: While taking classes I figured I would end up doing something in TV off camera. Then we took a radio advertising class and when I heard myself on the air for the first time...I thought...I sound pretty good...hmmmm what about radio?
OCB: How do you prepare for a show?
AI: Since I'm a Radio News Director my first priority is news. So I have to keep up on it everyday, even on the weekends because it changes so rapidly. I read the Cincinnati Enquirer online, WCPO's, WLWT' & WKRC's web sites, Pulse Journal, Business Courier and National's like Huffington Post, CNN, Daily Beast
OCB: One Piece of Advice for anyone who wants to work in this business?
AI: Intern! It's the fastest way into any door. Also as with any job your just starting volunteer for stuff and shadow those around you to be able to fill in when asked.
OCB: Funniest or most embarrassing moment?
AI: It involves the grand daddy of curse words on the air. It wasn't a funny moment.
OCB: What technical skills do you need to be successful?
AI: Learn as much as you can about the equipment you'll be using, whether it be TV or Radio, but don't panic because any place you'll end up, they'll have to train you on the equipment they have. Make sure to take GOOD notes when they do though, because you could end up working alone on a holiday with no one to ask for help. But a basic knowledge of the equipment and the lingo is a must.
Hope this helps,
Cumulus Media Partners Cincinnati, OH