Have you ever just stumbled upon something that changed your life – something so unexpected and incredible that has brought amazing opportunities to your doorstep?
Well I had one of those experiences last year when I became the intern at a Harrisburg radio station.
BOB 94.9 is a country radio station that broadcasts out of Harrisburg. I interned under Nancy and Newman, BOB’s morning show co-hosts and local celebrities in Central Pennsylvania.
In my internship, I grew to understand and love radio.
The hours were crazy — I had to get up at 4 a.m. to go to my internship — but going into the station was well worth the dark circles under my eyes. You do not realize how exciting radio can be until you actually experience it.
There were some dull parts of my responsibilities, such as cutting clips of songs to play while Nancy and Newman announced celebrity birthdays and documenting live-read commercials on the radio archive system.
But even in doing the mundane tasks, there were so many fun experiences.
For example, I got to talk and be heard by family and friends on the radio.
Hearing my voice on the radio was weird at first, but then I realized that everyone who listens heard what I had to say.
It was a very powerful thing, to say the least.
Because I was on the radio, people began to recognize my voice.
For the time I was on BOB, I became somewhat of a notable figure as well. I use that term loosely, but it was true nonetheless.
One time when I was out to eat with friends, the waiter recognized me and asked if I was “Intern Brittany,” which was my designated name for the radio show. I was shocked and excited all at the same time.
While I enjoyed knowing that people listened to me and heard who I was as “Intern Brittany,” my favorite part of my internship was getting to meet all of the country stars who came to the station.
Over the course of my internship, I got to meet nine country singers — Kellie Pickler, Chris Young, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Jerrod Neimann, Jaron Lowenstein (of Jaron and The Long Road to Love), Clay Walker, Julianne Hough and Darius Rucker.
I was able to watch them perform in the performance studio at the radio station, which provided a small, intimate setting.
I got to meet my celebrity crush, Young, during the first week of my internship.
I also got to meet Hough on my 21st birthday and was even able to interview her, which was nerve-racking and exciting at the same time.
Walker and I hit it off immediately and Rucker and I joked around for the short time he was at the station.
Meeting celebrities and being on the radio were the highlights of my internship.
But I also became very close to Nancy and Newman, as well as other people at the station.
Intern Adam, who was the intern before me, taught me a lot about radio and being a tortured intern. He was the butt of many jokes and pranks, never leaving a dull moment to be had.
Doing an internship with BOB 94.9 was the best thing I have ever done.
I am so blessed to have worked with the people I did, to have been given the opportunities I was presented with — like becoming somewhat of a radio personality — and to have met famous singers through the station.