“The graphic communication program set me up with the
right tools to be able to take my first job as a designer,” said
Genandt. “Thanks to the professors and the hands-on work we did in
class, I knew how to run the programs and knew what to expect in a
“PRSSA was absolutely fantastic because it gave me real-world experience,” says Genandt. “We would work on campaigns and I would help design things for different competitions and clients.”
Communication/Broadcast Telecommunication and Communication/Broadcast Journalism
Vick Travagliante, left, works withSam Foutz during a live broadcastfrom the AMU during PRSSA's annual Deck the Trees even
At Findlay we use a system called Adobe Audition, which is also a system that is used at most radio stations across the nation. At WTAM I spent a lot of time on the Adobe.
This was great because the tutoring I received at WTAM will help me with my ability to pump out some great new commercials for WLFC, and help others as well. The way they helped me out is that they had me cutting interview clips from work they did that day--and then they'd use those clips on the "Sportsline" radio show (which is heard in 38 states and half of Canada).
The best part of working at WTAM was seeing how Kevin Keane, the Sportsline host, and Andre Knott, the Browns beat reporter (who really took me under his wing), interacted with the pl
Kevin invited me to a Cleveland Indians game and showed me how he watches the game from a reporter’s reporter's perspective rather than a fan's. While at the Tribe game I got to meet some of the players and enter a place that some never have a chance to.
Andre, on the other hand, would take me to Browns camp all the time and he would watch the players the way a fan would. However, when it was time to interview them he flipped the switch.
One day in the morning meeting, it was discussed that someone needed to court that day to wait for the results of two cases. I volunteered.
It was quite an interesting day. I sat in on the sentencing of a man accused of murder and I also sat in on the verdict reading for another local murder case. These cases were spread out throughout the day with the verdict being read in the morning and the sentencing in the afternoon. Before that day, I had never been in a courtroom with a prisoner before, so it was a little scary, but I was happy for the experience.
After that I started to serve as assistant producer. This was great experience for me, but the producers were shuffled around and I ended up working with a new producer. Before long I found myself quite at home doing this work.
I had stories to write each day and the producer also pick out my own sound bites for stories and showed me how to use the video source program on the computer.
The producer made me popular person at the station. She told her boss about my skills as an assistant producer, which eventually got me a meeting with the associate director of the station who promised me a good reference and even a good job after I graduated from school.