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INTERN BLOG: Don't Stop Believing!

posted by Annmarie Gajdos -

Wow! I can’t believe that I’m actually sitting here reflecting on my first week interning for the Elvis Duran and the Morning show.

I’ve dreamed of this day for years. Growing up, music and the Elvis Duran show were extremely important to me. This show has revolutionized the world of pop music, making celebrities household names and reinventing the music industry for over a decade. I listened to the show on my drive into school every morning since middle school. I would spend my school breaks waking up at the crack of dawn to wait outside the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show building, hoping to catch a glimpse of my favorite celebrity on their way in to get interviewed. And now I can actually get into the building, thanks to my fancy intern badge.

I hope I don't embarrass myself. That was the primary thought running through my mind as I walked into the lobby at 6:45 am on Tuesday morning. That and the fact that I might have to start drinking coffee this semester if I want to keep myself awake all day. Surprisingly, even though I am NOT a morning person, the excitement of working for my favorite radio station had me more energized than I thought was physically possible at seven o’clock in the morning.

I was under the impression that my first few days with the show would be an intensive shadowing session. Much to my surprise, this was not the case. As soon as I walked in on Tuesday, Jake told me that we would be filming three stars from the Greatest Showman, Keala Settle, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, in a half hour. It was hard to keep my cool while I filmed Keala belting out heavenly notes right before my eyes. I then edited the video, with a lot of help from Jake, and uploaded it to Elvis Duran and The Morning Show’s YouTube Channel (HOW COOL!!!)

The next day that week, I came in to discover that not only would Jimmy Fallon be on the show, but so would Chef Le T (or Chief La T, as he wrote on his hat)! I don’t know who I was more excited to meet. Filming Jimmy’s interview was an incredible experience; it was like watching a fifteen-minute stand-up comedy routine. It was hard for me to maintain my composure once I spotted him but I think I kept it together pretty well. Truth be told, I don’t know if I will be able to be that professional if a former member of One Direction or Ed Sheeran walks through the door.

I even got a chance to speak with some of the hosts of the show and let me tell you, they are some of the nicest people I have ever met. They were genuinely interested in who I was, where I came from, and my thoughts on the radio industry. It’s safe to say that it’s been a pretty eventful week.

Jake Tuff told me that there is no such thing as a normal day at the show. I’m starting to believe him. In just one week of interning, I have already gotten the chance to sit in on a programming meeting, film two performances and interviews, edit them in Adobe Premier, and create thumbnails for them. I still have a lot to learn but I can’t wait to see what happens next on this exciting journey.

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