June 12, 2015 – Fort Valley State University’s Broadcasters Club recently visited Memphis, Tenn. for its 17th annual Broadcasters Club trip from April 29 – May 1.
The trip’s purpose was to allow students to visit broadcast facilities in different states to give them an opportunity to get an up-close view of what their futures in professional fields. This is the group’s second trip to Memphis. The organization first visited the “home of the blues, barbeque and Beale Street” seven years ago.
This year, the club visited two broadcast facilities, including CBS-affiliate WREG-TV 3 and the iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel) radio studios. The trip also included a visit to the University of Memphis.
The Broadcasters Club members learned about meteorology at WREG-TV 3. They also attended a live “Mike Evans in the Morning” radio show at WHRK K 97.1. Students also toured the University of Memphis’s College of Communication and Fine Arts campus radio station and television stations at WUMR and attended the department’s Focus Fest Annual Student Film Festival.
“This was a very productive trip. I noticed many changes in the operations in the newsroom at WREG-TV 3 since our visit in 2008,” said Shirley Ellis, Broadcasters Club advisor and trip organizer. “It was exciting to see that the station now has robotic cameras in the newsroom. It was very important for our students to see this new technology because this is the type of equipment they will have to work with in the near future.”
Each professional told students to be open to learning and growing in order to be successful in the media field.
While at WREG the students also has a chance to chat with WREG weatherman Todd Demers, traffic reporter and assignment editor Corie Ventura, web content manager George Brown, anchor Stephanie Scurlock, and Emmy-nominated journalist Adam Hammond.
While at the iHEART Media station, The Mike Evans in the Morning Show’s host Mike Evans and Big Sue, who also serves as the station’s music director, allowed student Dezontavious Bryant, a junior majoring in business management, to share her microphone to announce the live Big Scoop local and national news segment. The students also had an opportunity to meet and speak with Devin Steel, the station’s program director and iHeart Media Memphis Operations director.
Bryant said the trip was an amazing adventure.
“I’m used to being on the microphone performing before an audience, but getting a chance to go behind the scenes was o exciting and energizing ,” he said. “Having the chance to go live on the air with this professional radio team was amazing. And the advice they gave us will stay with me forever and be beneficial to my career.”
Students also spoke to host Mike Evans. The veteran radio personality and former radio personality in Macon, Ga., told students to be themselves on air.
“If radio is something you decide to pursue, I’m telling you to be you,” he said. “Don’t be me. At some point people just want to hear you. If you have a wonderful personality, it’s all about you. That’s what people need to hear. When you crack the microphone put those headphones on and let them hear you.”
Lamashia Davis, a 2014 FVSU mass communications graduate and current FVSU graduate student in the department of history, said the trip was a life-changing experience.
“The trip covered every aspect of broadcasting from marketing and sales, social media, public relations and radio and television broadcasting,” Davis said. “Going on the trip exposed us to the different options in the fields.”
Mykeia Carter, a junior majoring in mass communications, said the trip helped solidify her career path.
The group also had a chance to visit the historic Lorraine Motel, the historic site of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and enjoy some delicious Memphis barbeque.
The trip was made possible by the Broadcasters Club and the Office of Campus Life. The Broadcasters Club is open to all majors and was formed in 1998 to give students a chance to learn about the professional world of broadcasting.
For more information contact Shirley Ellis at (478) 825-6911 or (478)737-6441.
Shirley Ellis, WFVS station manager
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