On the first day of my new job as Morning Show Production Assistant at the radio station of the University of Pennsylvania, I stepped into WXPN’s offices on 31st and Walnut and was amazed by the complexity of its operations. I pursued this work study position because I thought it would be a cool way to explore my interest in music. Prior to my first day at XPN, I didn’t know much about radio show production, but I have learned a lot in the short time I have been working there. Through my experience recording and editing interviews, I have gained a better understanding of some of the core components of radio programming.
To be honest, when I accepted this position I thought I would be involved in more clerical functions, like escorting guests into the station, filing and doing behind the scenes research. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I have been given more extensive responsibilities that contribute directly to the actual production of the Morning Show. At the moment, my main role is to develop featured interviews and edit recordings for the Morning Show host, Michaela Majoun. As I cultivate more experience, I intend to work my way toward producing features for xpn.org, XPN’s online portal. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be involved with WXPN, and I expect to continue working at the station during my four years at Penn.
I encourage everyone to check out “Tune in, Wake up with Michaela Majoun” on 88.5 WXPN’s Morning Show between 5:30 and 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday!
Zac is a current M&T freshman in the Class of 2016. He is currently deciding between Systems Science Engineering and Computer Science as his major within Penn Engineering and has yet to declare his concentration in the Wharton School.