Danielle, Talk Programming Intern

Thus far my internship at Sirius XM has been great! I’m working for the “Michelangelo Signorile Show” on Progress 127 and the production team has been so welcoming.  The host and producers made the transition onto the team easy. I’ve been handling a lot of audio editing whether it be interviews, listener testimonials, or putting together best of segments for the show. This is perfect because I love audio editing; it’s essentially an art form. I hope that whatever career path I take it entails audio editing. I also ran the boards, handled call screenings and conducted research for interview write-ups, but I’m most excited about the audio editing!


The guests we’ve had on the show are pretty interesting too. Michelangelo covers a range of topics from politics to LGBT rights and authors like Marc Lewis have been on the show. I’ve also gotten to see a range of celebrities from musicians to actors to established authors in the building. My first or second day I was eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich near the fishbowl, the main studio near the entrance, and I saw Phil Collins! It’s funny because I remember being in the car with my mom when I was little blasting “In the Air Tonight.”


This internship has already given me a better understanding of my career path and the staff, especially those I work closely with, have been very supportive of my work. This internship really hasn’t been about seeing all these celebrities, even though it’s an exciting aspect of the job, it’s really me trying to figure out where I’m going to end up. I am excited that we are interviewing Martha Plimpton who played Stef in The Goonies though!


Also, the producer for the “Karen Hunter Show,” has also been helping me out and giving me advice about the direction of my career. He does his work in the same office as I,  so we’ve talked a number of times about his career as a producer. What I’ve taken from this internship is that I really want to work in radio in some way, shape, or form. I need to figure it out soon though because I have to get a job to support my tortoise shell cat, Bella!


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