Kickin’ it with Alyssa

Hey fellow NBS-ers!

This summer, I’m back home in sunny, sandy Sarasota, but the beach is not where I’m kickin’ it (forewarning: I’m writing this late on a Sunday night and I’m replaying Kanye West’s new record, so forgive me if my brain gets weird.)

I’m currently interning for Cox Media Group in St. Pete, working with six different radio stations. In the month that I have been working there, I have experienced new things and learned various aspects of the radio industry and the promotions area. While many of my days are spent calling contest winners and doing other office duties, there are also those days where bands come into our in-office studio and perform. Sure, it’s part of the promotional aspect of the station, but all of the employees are invited to watch – and it’s seriously awesome. In less than a week, we had a boy band (Midnight Red) and an indie alt-rock group (The Dirty Heads) come in for acoustic performances – and it was all great. (Mixing boy bands and alt-rock is basically like watching my iPod come to life before my eyes, so I was so into it.)

Working on the promotions side has also allowed me to move from the cubicle to off-site events. So far, I’ve worked at a fishing competition for our hard rock station and tabled for a Ke$ha/Pitbull concert (the amount of glitter there was astounding – no, really.) Coming up, we are (supposedly) going to start doing contests for Justin Timberlake tickets that incorporate a cutout of JT himself. Trust me when I say I’m fully prepared to go all out for this one.

Surprisingly, a lot of the people in the office are either from Gainesville or know people in Gainesville to get in contact with for other communications opportunities. These have been some of the most interesting and helpful networking experiences I’ve ever had. Just the other day, I went to the program director’s office for our alt-rock station (who I had subsequently grown up listening to, because this was my go-to station, of course) and I discovered he, too, was a Gator. Color me (pleasantly) surprised! After accepting his offer to set up a time to talk all things programming, I was hit with that oh-so-cliché but oh-so-true realization: the Gator Nation is seriously (like, s e r i o u s l y) everywhere.

More than just gaining experience, though, I feel like I have continued to invigorate my love for music. Call me cliché (or at least tell me to quit waxing poetic – but gently, please, it’s late), I’m one of those people who is all about performance. Don’t get me wrong, it’s the record I listen to on Spotify that will get me to the show, but I give major props to an artist that can either replicate that studio sound or make it sound even better.

Alongside my internship, I’m taking a summer class (Principles of Marketing, holla!), writing for College Magazine (where I’m covering all sorts of fun stuff, including my own trials and tribulations in The Intern Diaries – read on here!) and spending time with friends and family. I’m enjoying my time off and relaxing before warping into the hyperspeed that (I am predicting) is my junior year. But despite all of the loveliness that comes with being at home, I am looking forward to getting back to Gainesville and catching up with all of you!

I hope all of your summers are equally as awesome so far and, to follow suit, feel free to follow @HeyHolcomb (or @AlyssaOnTheAir for strictly music news) – I’m always open to sharing thoughts on all things entertainment and general nerdery.

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-Alyssa Holcomb

Gators take over WPTV

Hello GatorNBS-ers!

Boy, doesn’t it seem like this summer is flying by? I feel like I just finished my Spring semester exams! I hope you all are enjoying your time off no matter what you’re up to. I’d like to share what I’ve been up to this summer.

I began my summer break off quickly by flying into St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands the day after my last exam! I spent a nice, long week there with my boyfriend and his family. Once I arrived back to Florida I was busy with my younger brother’s high school graduation. He graduated as the valedictorian of our high school and I couldn’t be a more proud big sissy.

Right after that I began my internship with WPTV News Channel 5 in West Palm. The minute I walked through the doors I knew I was home! I’ve grown up watching WPTV my entire life and have idolized the anchors since I was little. It’s really been a dream to intern back home and my favorite station. I’ve been blogging briefly about my experience on my website.

You can check out my blog by clicking this link, but here’s quick excerpt of what I’ve been doing during my time here.

“My alarm clock went off at two o’clock in the morning that following Monday. I jumped out of bed easily because I was interning with Kait again in the weather center. I arrived at 4:00 AM. I wrote my own forecast, copied it into the iNews rundowns, created graphics, and helped put the show together for the morning. Once the AM shows were over, Kait set me up on the chromakey so I could practice. After a few minutes of me getting comfortable on camera, Kait sat down to me to give me some pointers. Her advice was so helpful! I walked away at the end of my shift feeling confident. I still can’t believe that I’m learning from my favorite weather crew.”

I’m also interning with two other CJC Gators, Stephanie Tinoco and Zak Dahlheimer. I believe I speak for all of us when I say that this is truly an amazing place to spend our summer. Want to share what you’re up to this summer? Email us at gatornbs@gmail.com

Enjoy the rest of your summer and make sure to stay up to date on all things GatorNBS on our Twitter and Facebook! Go Gators.943449_4519682324204_1180217926_n

Xoxo- Your GatorNBS President, Lauren 🙂

Interning with NBC 6 Miami

Hey everyone,

I hope all of you are having a great summer! Just wanted to share a little bit of what I’ve been doing this summer. I’m currently in my hometown of Miami interning at NBC 6 and staging many of our news shows full-time. I’ve been interning here since right out of high school and I absolutely love it! In my three summers here, I’ve interned in the research/ sales department, in producing entertainment segments and now I’m staging and in the control room.  The fact that I’ve interned at various departments here has definitely given me a more complete understanding of the news business. I think it’s so important for everyone (on camera and off) to understand every aspect because they really do play a role with each other.

I’m enjoying what I’m doing this summer because I get to work very closely with the anchors during the day. Not only do I pick up tips from them, but I’m learning the lighting process, reading producer rundowns and working the cameras.  For the most part I’m staging on my own during our news shows. It’s so great because I’ve really gotten a feel for how hectic it is behind the scenes and how many people are needed to put one program together. I’ve also realized how important each and every job is. The work of one person can really impact an entire show, even though viewers don’t really get to see that. Overall, I love it here just as I do every summer. I really look forward to coming in every morning because it’s just a great environment to be in. Everyone loves what they do and take it very seriously, but they also have a great attitude!

Aside from my internship I’m also taking two distance learning classes from UF to fulfill my summer requirements. It has been pretty crazy to balance these classes and my full-time internship but I’m managing it pretty well. I won’t lie- I’m extremely tired by the time I get home around 7:30 pm every day. That doesn’t leave much time for my assignments that are due by 11:59 pm most nights so I have to manage my time really well.

In two weeks I’ll be heading to New York City for a journalism conference and in less than a month, I’ll be flying out to Atlanta for another one. I’m definitely looking forward to these and excited for what else I’ll learn and people I’ll meet.

My internship this summer ends in just a few weeks and I’ll be heading back to Gainesville after all of it. I’m really excited to begin the fall semester and can’t wait to hear about what the rest of you have been doing!

– Amanda Di Lella (NBS Community Service Chair)

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Talk sports with Ben

Your GatorNBS Secretary, Ben Bornstein, is spending his summer writing for an online sports website. I wanted to share what he has been up to!

“My name is Ben Bornstein and I like sports. I like watching sports, writing about sports, and playing sports (mostly basketball). I currently work for ESPN Radio 850 WRUF, Gamedayr.com, and NBC Sports Radio. I work in different capacities with each entity, but they all have one common denominator; sports. I am a rising senior and this summer is going to get very interesting! You can follow me on Twitter @THE_BOOMSTEIN if you want to see my daily rants and raves. I’m also reachable by email at bbornstein@ufl.edu.”

Here are links to two articles he has written so far:

‘Awarding some of the “lesser-known” NBA awards’

‘The official NBS All-Hair Team for 2012-13: Players with the best ‘dos’

‘Karl Malone would choose LeBron James over Michael Jordan as teammate’

‘Gator v. Gator: UF sharpshooters face off in Finals’

Great job, Ben and Go Gators!

Xoxo- Your GatorNBS President, Lauren 🙂