Coming in on day one at SiriusXM, I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. I knew that I’d be involved in some prep work for the show, although I probably wasn’t able to fully define what the “prep work” was at that time. While I was unsure what to expect, I managed to stay excited, since I’m the type of person who is willing and able to learn new things. My primary goal coming in was to learn enough through my internship to feel ready to work here. I started out doing little things like researching authors who will be guests on the show and finding album anniversaries and artist birthdays, since that usually has an influence on music we play on the show. These small responsibilities eventually grew into bigger ones, like doing “man on the street” interviews to air on the show and pitching segments and game ideas to fill time slots on the show.
As far as the show itself and the work inside the studio goes, I came in with minimal knowledge. I’d never ran a sound board before, but hey, answering the phones was pretty easy! While the sound board looked daunting at first, luckily, I had a great teacher in Xorje, who was willing to work with me. Luckily I was able to learn the board pretty quickly and become comfortable. After about a week, I was running the board mostly on my own, asking Xorje a few questions along the way to make sure I was doing everything correctly. Although now, at this point, I’ve grown confident enough to the point that I rarely have question.
Aside from the job itself, the overall work environment at SiriusXM is absolutely awesome. Aside from making friends on my show itself, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet a ton of new people around the office, which has been amazing. Everyone is friendly and seems driven to do their job well and efficiently. Moving forward, I feel that the next major thing I want to learn is more about how the VxPro box works. That box essentially holds and controls everything as far as the show goes, and I know that sometimes you’ll need to do a few things on it to ensure the show runs smoothly, therefore I’d like to learn more about how it works and how to operate it.
Overall, my experience with SiriusXM has been AMAZING! I feel as if I’m learning new things everyday which will ultimately help me once I graduate and get out into a career. Xorje has been an excellent mentor and teacher and he is always willing to help me when I need it. In addition, it has been a ton of fun getting to know the guys on the show, and being able to joke around with them on-air from time to time. I can honestly say that I’ve learned far more here than I’ve ever learned in a class. I would absolutely recommend SiriusXM to anybody looking to pursue a career in radio. I feel that what I’ve learned here will stay with me for years to come.