Getting up at 5 a.m. almost every day of the week isn’t easy as a college kid. Commuting on NJ Transit isn’t ideal either. However, when you love what you do, it makes small things entirely worth it.
This past fall semester I had the opportunity to intern with Sirius XM’s NBA Radio. I worked with “NBA Today” with Justin and Eddie from 4-7 p.m. on Mondays but spent the majority of my time on “The Starting Lineup” with Frank and Brian . Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday morning I would wake up at 5 a.m., catch a train, hit the subway, and get to 1221 Avenue of America by 7 a.m. I wouldn’t trade it for the world though.
Frank and Scal along with my producers made this internship the greatest experience I could have asked for. I still remember the first day I was there and Frank quizzed me on Seton Hall basketball trivia (that’s where I go to school). Since that first day, I knew that I was going to love this internship; and I have.
I’ve learned a large amount of production work, the main thing that’s benefited me has been learning more about the NBA. I came into this internship with the NBA ranking fifth on my favorite sports list. Now, it’s in the top three. Before this internship, I could hardly name any basketball players; now I could probably give you at least one on all 30 teams. Being surrounded by basketball at Sirius but also at Seton Hall, helped develop me professionally. It’s helped me as an analyst on my own sports talk show back at school, but it’s also helped me as an analyst and as a play-by-play announcer. There is nothing cooler than having Frank and Brian give you advice on how to be a better broadcaster.
I came into college wanting to do television, but that was until I found my school’s radio station. I always wanted to do something in sports, so I decided I want to go into sports radio but then took a switch and focused on public relations. However, after that first day at Sirius and every time I go back, I know that I want to go into sports radio.
Sirius has truly felt like home over the past 10 weeks, and that all thanks to Frank, Scal, and my producers Billy and Victoria. They all made getting up at 5 a.m. as a college student worth every penny.