Note to self:
Psyching myself out to the point of emailing Brody at one in the morning the night before my first day to double check the time I had to be in was probably not the best first impression at the biggest opportunity in my life so far. My eighth grade principle once said, "you never get a second chance to make a first impression," and I completely threw that tip out the window as I was rapidly firing off an email in the middle of the night. But, after surviving my first week of commuting into the city and getting the full experience of being an Elvis Duran and the Morning Show intern, I can truly say I learned a lot already, yet still have so many questions.
First and foremost, I don't know what's going on at the iHeart studios but every single person that works for Elvis Duran and the Morning Show is the nicest person I have ever met. After getting stuck on the elevator because I'm an idiot, I opened the iHeart doors to being greeted by everyone with smiles and handshakes. From the talent to the custodial crew, this positive vibe radiates through the halls and in the studios. It's quite amazing if I'm being honest. I also learned in my first week being in Downtown New York, that it really is an entirely new world. Every dude has really cool facial hair and is dressed like a train conductor from the 1940s. No matter how much I smile and initiate a conversation, no one wants to talk to me on the subway. And although this side of New York all feels so strange to me, everyone at iHeart made me feel at home.
To get really emotional and serious for a second, we all grew up having memories about knowing exactly what pre set we could find this iconic morning show in our parents' car and monopolized our home phone to try to be "Caller 100." The voices on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show through the years have made us laugh with their friendly banter, and even reflect during times of tragedy or loss in our country. To now be interning for a radio station that has been so influential not only to me, but to millions of loyal listeners, is something that's hard to wrap my head around. Out of the many college students that interviewed to be in my position, I am not sure why they picked me, but I'm eternally grateful they did. And although Brody has sarcastically told me to "calm down" as my passive personality makes me appear to not get too excited about many things, I couldn't be happier to be working with Ronnie in Audio Production. Just is these few days in studio, I have started to edit commercials from all the Morning Show hosts and was even able to tell an individual that they were "Caller 100." So here is to the beginning of something great, with many memories to be made, knowledge to be gained, and less one a.m. emails to be sent.
Intern Dennis Brady