By: Brittany Miller
Working with the Evanov Radio Group has been the most rewarding and educational experience I’ve ever had. The great thing about being a part of this organization as an intern is the fact I am getting to work with a variety of radio stations, and with various platforms and genres. Z103.5 brings the fun top forty vibe that makes you feel like an intern living the dream, going to club events, promoting the station, meeting DJ’s and on air personalities. Meanwhile, working with Jewel 88.5, I’ve been able to enjoy and learn the content heavy side of easy listening radio.
What She Said is a female-driven on air talk show hosted by industry veterans, Kate Wheeler and Christine Bentley, who have taught me so much. Their insight on the industry is encyclopedic, and being able to learn first-hand from such powerful women has been one the most shaping and enlightening moments of being an intern. The show is a small publication, which has allowed me to get amazing hands-on experience with producing and editing – and even the chance to offer my own ideas and suggestions, and watching them be put into action.
The best experience with this team was in February; I had the opportunity to tag along with the executive producer of the show and attend the Juno nomination ceremony. I was on the red carpet interviewing artists about their nominations alongside known interviewers from CTV, ET, Etalk and many more. However, I didn’t snag these experiences at the company by sitting pretty next to the 20 other interns. I had to make myself the “Holiday Hannah”– you know, the girl at work that for whatever reason accepts every shift no matter what the holiday may be.
And that’s exactly what I did. To be honest, I think the best tip to being an intern is being as easy-going and available as possible. If your supervisor says someone is sick, or didn’t show up, just ask how and if you can help.
As an intern, you have to remember you are there to learn and to help, not to be a burden. So I would advise that you don’t come on too strong, but if someone needs a helping hand, give them two. Being the convenience in the midst of their daily inconveniences allows people to see just how beneficial you are to have around, which opens doors to opportunities and possibly a career in the long run.