Ithaca College senior Sport Media student Matthew Stenberg is interning with Sirius XM radio this fall through the ICNYC program. He will share some of his experiences of living and working in New York City in this blog. Check back for updates.
This entry was originally published September 13, 2012.
New York City is one of the mostly densely populated cities in the world. There are people everywhere you go and something to do at every corner.
So, while it might sound weird to say, after two weeks of exploring the city I was ready to get to work this week. I started my internship at SiriusXM NFL radio station Monday, working on a show called The Blitz. The show runs from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and is hosted by Bruce Murray and former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon.
The show starts at 11, but my work day usually starts around 10:30 a.m. When I get to the office, I check in to see if there's anything that needs to be done and then get started on work for the show. This first week I've mostly shadowed the other producers, getting into the swing of things. Today, I actually did some call screening because the show features a lot of people calling and giving their opinions. That's a significant chunk of the program, so I’ll be doing that this semester.
In addition to the call screening, I’ll do some audio editing with Adobe Audition, which I already know how to do, so that should be an easy transition. Eventually, I’ll be running the soundboard. I’ve worked a little bit with the soundboard at Ithaca, so I’m familiar with the concept but the one at SIrius is three times bigger, so it’s a little more complicated.
The people I work with are awesome. It's a really neat atmosphere because there are like 49 different studios in the same area at Sirius, so you never know who you're going to run into or talk to on the phone. Chris Snee of the Giants called in today. On my very first day, Larry Fitzgerald called in; Wes Welker called in; Mike Tomlin called in. Yesterday, Mike McCarthy called in. Just around Sirius I’ve seen Cee Lo Green, George Takei, and Gene Simmons.
Aside from work, I’ve been exploring the city and taking two classes. I take Direct Marketing, which meets Monday nights at 6 p.m. and Travel Writing, which is an online course. There’s also this internship type class that happens every other Tuesday evening where you discuss your internship and share your experiences.
Well, I’m glad I’m getting settled in and more importantly I’m glad to have finally started my internship. I know a lot of people in the city but they’re all out of school and work during the day. So, I’ve only been able to see them in the evening. It’s nice to be back to work, interacting with my peers. Now, I feel like I’m part of the system.
I’ll keep everyone updated on my semester in New York with ICNYC. Check back for more blog posts.