|An example of the Kids Club Coordinator|
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents
Twenty years ago I was a senior at Southeast Missouri State University. Even though I had a major, Mass Communication, I had no idea exactly what I would be doing once I graduated later that year. I wanted to go into TV or radio, but because there was no broadcasting major at the time, I wasn't sure how to reach that goal.
|The actual ad from the Southeast Missouri|
The Summer of 1995, I came across a job opening at the Fox affiliate in Cape Girardeau. KBSI was looking for a Kids Club Coordinator. It was an on air position, paying $7.00 an hour plus benefits. Remember, it was 1995. I was a college student, working as an assistant manager at Chuck E. Cheese making $5.50 an hour and no benefits. I was one the verge of graduating and getting married less than two years later. Plus, this was going to give me a chance to get my foot in the door in the world of broadcast journalism.
You can see the job duties in the ad. I thought I could relate to kids because I loved cartoons. I was writing for my college newspaper, The Capaha Arrow and thought, even though I lacked the on-air experience, I'd be able to pick it up easily. I sent in my resume and cover letter and eagerly waited to hear back. I was so excited that day when the creative service director called to set up an interview. After a quick trip to the mall for a sports coat and tie, I was ready to claim my new job, or so I thought.
I went through the interview and thought things were going great. Then we headed to the studio. This was my first time visiting a TV station studio, so I was in awe for a few moments. Then I was humbled after he turned on the camera. My future boss (as I was thinking) stood beside the camera with cue cards in hand. He told me to read what they said and they'd be recording me.
|Cindy Brady tripped up by the camera.|
|One of the foxes on Fox|
Nine years after that audition, I returned to this market and became a co-anchor on the morning news. While far from perfect, I've come a long way through the years and hope to continue to improve. If only I could have gotten my hands on a copy of that audition...