Assistant Producer, West Michigan Public Broadcasting (December 1992 – May 1995)
My radio career has been an surprising, interesting and incredible journey. It all began when I was applying for work-study at WGVU-AM/FM in Grand Rapids, MI. When the station manager asked me, “So why do you want to work in radio?” I told him, I had no experience in radio, it just sounded like it would be fun. That was the only question he asked me, and his reply was the beginning of my love of radio.
At WGVU I worked as an Assistant producer which included AM board operation, recording feeds, setting up tapes for broadcast (reel to reel back then), getting live feeds from NPR, BBC and our local newsroom on the air, playing underwriting carts and an hourly nervous 30 seconds of giving live weather updates.
On occasion, I would also fill in for the FM staff to play music during the Saturday Night Blues show.
At the time, it was fun, but it didn’t occur to me then that radio and journalism could be a career.