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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

ESPN Radio

Spring 2012 Site Review

Position: Production Intern
Student: History Senior

I am the production intern for the number one rated sports-talk show in Austin, “The Drive” on 104.9 FM ESPN Austin. I work in the studio during the live broadcast of the program. Each day I arrive at the Border Media office at 3:30 to go to a pre-show meeting with the show’s hosts and producer to be briefed on the schedule of segments the show has planned for that day. I perform my duties during the show, and finish work at 7:00 when the show goes off the air.

One of my main duties as a production intern is to edit audio from people calling into the show. Every show there are three segments at the end of each hour when callers respond to a particular topic that the hosts mention throughout the show. I am responsible for listening to the callers messages on a voicemail and editing the best calls into a minute and a half audio stream. I do this task in my own production room, and I use Adobe Audition to edit the sound. I do this task on a deadline; it has to be completely finished by the 45-minute mark of every hour. Once this task is finished, I begin my other duties of observing, listening, and writing.

The highlight of my internship is writing sports questions that the host uses in the “Buy or Sell” segment of the show. It’s another area where I’m allowed to add a personal touch to the show’s content. A host will ask my questions on-air to the other show host. These questions require me to be up-to-date on all sporting news of the day. Throughout the semester I have learned how to write for others. I receive a lot of feedback from our listeners on my intern Twitter, and it’s the most satisfying feeling I receive when the show uses my ideas.

Aside from those two tasks, my day is spent in the studio leaning what it takes to run a successful radio show by observing the show’s hosts. I bring a laptop every day and I’m responsible to research any stat or story ASAP while on-air. I listen to each guest interview they have in a show and select the best quotes to use as a teaser when I upload the audio onto the show’s social media pages. I am also responsible for keeping an active intern Twitter account where I follow hundreds of sports media members from across the country. The point of the Twitter account is to find the best stories to use on the show, and to gain followers to build my reputation as a sports journalist. Along with the Twitter, I have to follow all national and local news and search sports message boards to provide the show hosts with interesting stories each show.

The internship is very exciting and rewarding. I would recommend anyone who wants to work in sports media to intern at 104.9 ESPN Austin. They use an intern in a variety of ways and you will acquire new skills the longer you work. It’s also a wonderful way to network with some of the biggest names in Austin media.

Spring 2010 Site Review

Position: Programming Intern
Student: Humanities Senior

The ESPN Austin Radio internship is a great starting point for anyone wanting to get involved with sports-talk radio and can give up invaluable experience to jump-start your career.

The ESPN Radio Austin Internship is a great opportunity for students wanting to gain experience in media, specifically sports-talk radio.  Throughout the internship, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the inner workings of a radio station.  As you become more competent and comfortable with the environment at the station, you’ll be given more responsibility and the opportunity to contribute to the show.

There are three local shows on ESPN Austin, a morning, mid-afternoon and evening drive time show.  I was an intern at the morning show during this past semester and walked away, gaining invaluable experience.  On a typical day, I arrive the station at 5:45 am and talk with the producer about the previous day’s sporting events and what the main topics of the day will be.  At 6:00 am, the show goes on-air and I’m busy screening calls and researching any relevant information.  When calls aren’t coming in, I’m observing the producer running the audio board.  At 8:00 am, after becoming comfortable with the show, I would take over the audio board for the remaining two hours of the show.  I would be responsible for getting the show in and out of commercial breaks, playing any necessary audio clips, and controlling the volume coming over the air.  After the show, I would talk with the producer about what worked well and what I could improve upon; I made note of the things I wanted to work on the next time I came in.  Typically, speaking with the producer would be the last thing I do.

The ESPN Austin Radio internship is a great starting point for anyone wanting to get involved with sports-talk radio and can give up invaluable experience to jump-start your career.

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