Sandra Gagliardy’s Spring 2014 Internship Experience for the Stars Channel

I have been interning with the Stars channel under Holly Palmieri and Tanya Bustos. In the beginning I was extremely nervous and did not know what to expect, but they have both been very good at making me feel comfortable. From my own perspective, and from what they have told me, I’m doing well. In the beginning I would sit in on the morning show I was assigned. For the first few days I observed. I was taught how to use soundcloud, adobe audition, and do the daily wrap. After the first week I was screening calls and learning the operating board. At first I wasn’t comfortable call screening, and sometimes I would get discouraged. After doing it a few times on my own I became comfortable call screening, and I also sat in on two other shows to observe and call screen. I saw how certain shows operated differently, and how producers operate differently with different hosts, new and experienced. Around the second week I was posting to soundcloud on my own and doing the daily wrap. It was also around that time that I began learning how to do thirty second to sixty second show promos for the stars channel.

 I have learned about call screening, I learned how to edit and what each promo for a show should sound like and what should go into it. I’m feeling very good about everything that I am learning, I feel the work environment is very friendly and helpful. If I ever have any questions, there is always someone there to answer them. If I’m ever having trouble someone will always take the time to help me and explain everything as thoroughly as possible.

Tyesha Lespinasse, SiriusXM Intern for the Catholic Channel

This was my first internship ever and I didn’t know what to expect. However, I went in there with open arms and an open mind on the whole experience. I could honestly say that I have learned a lot within the last month that I couldn’t imagine learning. I found it very satisfying hearing the promos I have worked on air and hearing the stories I pitched being conversation starters between the host and callers. It is a motivating experience because it makes me want to work harder so I can have the opportunity to hear the things I worked on being heard on air. I would highly recommend that if anyone is interested in doing an internship for a radio station, go for it!  It is a humbling experience and I am learning a lot from it. You can learn so much and it will help you out in the long run. Don’t take internships for granted!

Yehonatan Pollak, SiriusXM Intern for the NBA Channel

It’s hard to believe a month has already gone by at my internship with SiriusXM NBA Radio. It has already been an unbelievable experience and one that I am looking forward to continuing throughout the next few months.

Being with the NBA programming, even for only a month, has taught me so many things. Though they are a relatively new station at SiriusXM, the producers and board operators have been an outstanding help in teaching me the ropes, even while they try and learn as well. My mentors have been outstanding role models and have already taught me a tremendous amount. I already feel like I am a professional at screening phone calls, editing bits, and uploading pieces onto the Internet.

 The hosts have also been very friendly and willing to teach whenever asked questions. Whether it’s talking about the NBA itself or asking about their previous experiences within the industry, their knowledge has already helped me and I plan on taking advantages of having such experienced people at SiriusXM.

It’s already been a great ride, and it’s great knowing that I still have plenty more time to learn and grow at SiriusXM.

Catherine Diaz, SiriusXM Intern for the Catholic Channel

It has always been my goal to attain an internship at Sirius XM. Now that I’m here, reality is slowly becoming sweeter than my dreams. I intern for the programming department under the Catholic Channel station. My mentor, Adam, alongside his coworkers, Jackie and Nicole, make sure I’m receiving the hands-on experience I truly need. So far, Adam taught me how to write a rundown, how to use Prophet as well as Adobe Audition and how to operate the audio board.

Every morning, I research articles for the station’s shows and come up with questions that will stimulate the listeners. I have also done my fair share of social networking by updating fans on Twitter and Facebook. Moreover, I have edited some audio pieces and uploaded them to Prophet. My mentor even gave me the chance to write my own social media promo! Being able to showcase my creativity lets me know that my mentor appreciates my input.

Lastly, I learned how to run the board in the studio. In the beginning, I feared messing up, but the producers, Jackie and Nicole, helped me loosen up over time. Every time I am observing a live or pre-recorded show, I take notes and screen phone calls. Maybe I will operate the board with my eyes closed someday! Overall, Adam has been attentive of my needs and teaching me everything about the radio industry. Hopefully, I will be able to produce my own social media promo, create show promos and even book talent for future shows.

Robert Iturralde, SiriusXM Intern for the Sales and Marketing Team

A goal of mine was to obtain an internship during the Spring 2014 semester and I couldn’t be happier to have done it at SiriusXM radio. I was a bit nervous during the orientation at 1221  but everything went very smoothly and before I knew it, I was already at my desk in the 5 Penn Plaza office. The first day was really cool! I met my mentor and supervisor who are both great and told me that there was PLENTY of work to be done (which is what I want)! After getting all the paperwork done and obtaining my badges, it’s been a breeze. I’ve kept myself busy by asking Karina and Tom questions and for assignments. It’s crazy that five weeks have already passed, time really does fly. I will not let this opportunity go to waste. Thank you so much Tamara and Bonnie for accepting me into this amazing program. I will work my hardest!

Anthony Rivera, Intern for the David Webb Show

I can’t believe that I am already five weeks into my internship with SiriusXM. It has been such a pleasure working for the David Webb Show. I have learned so much in such a short time. I have to admit, I was very nervous going into my first day. Even though my nerves were bugging out, I still felt very excited. Maybe it was the sense of being overwhelmed or the fact that I was actually realizing a dream of doing something I love. Either way I have enjoyed my time at SiriusXM so far.

From the first day I have been shown how a radio show is run. Whether it is researching news stories, producing audio, call screening, learning the board or even booking a guest, I have learned so much that I will take with me into my future in broadcasting. My mentors Ray and Jameson have provided me with so much knowledge and skills to make it in this industry. I take their advice and look to improve on it each day that I am in the studio.

What a ride it has been and it is only just the beginning. I am very excited to see what the future holds for me. I feel like I have accomplished so much already and I cant wait to learn more. Bring it on!!!

Jiminian Fulbio, SiriusXM Comedy Channel Intern

Since I began at SiriusXM, I have been very eager to grasp any new information  and learn things in other departments. So far, I really enjoy being there and spending time doing tasks that are assigned to me because they are very interesting. I have worked on things such as promos and editing content that the comedy department has, organizing content that is received through the mail, gathering information for a sketch, screen calling and helping out in the Ron and Fez show and several other tasks. Everyone is very friendly, which is very beneficial in terms of networking and meeting new people. Also, they can give you tips on how to better yourself in the company and steer you in a path that can help you in the future. In the Snack and Learn Sessions with the SVP of Sports and an On Air Host for Music , I learned a lot about them and they opened my eyes as to the opportunities that I can benefit from within the company. I really am glad I am interning in this company and hope that I learn many new and interesting things.

Altone Viera’s Spring 2014 Internship Experience with Music Production

This is my 2nd time interning at SiriusXM and this time around I have the privilege to work with the Production Department and help create imaging elements for all the channels. My mentor Tom has been training me on Pro Tools and is showing me advanced editing techniques that I have implemented into the projects that have been assigned to me. I also have the opportunity to work with all of the other producers and each of them has been helpful by offering constructive criticism and positive reinforcement with the works I present to them. I enjoy the idea of being able to produce elements for different channels because it’s making me versatile and exposing me to the different programming that is offered by SiriusXM, one day I could be working on a project for Hits 1 which is the Pop channel and the next day I could be working on a project for the 60′s channel. It’s great to become familiar with what is outside of my comfort zone because it broadens my skill set and could possibly be a benefit to me in the future. A lot of work, time and detail goes into the imaging that is produced for all of the channels and I’m seeing the process of conceptualization firsthand from writing the copy, to recording the vocals all the way to editing and mixing the elements to end up with a complete production that will get aired and reach millions of listeners nationwide. I’m looking forward to working hard the rest of the semester and taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge that is available to me during this time.

Evan Weinstein, SiriusXM Dance & Electronic Channel Intern

About a month into round 2 of being an intern at SiriusXM! Last spring, I interned with the  Dance/Electronic channels that are BPM and Electric Area and this year I picked up where I left off and returned to the same channels. It felt like I never left! My mentors and other staff members were so glad to have me back that it felt like a family reunion instead of my “first day.” Right off the bat I got more responsibilities as an intern and was given more challenging work to accomplish. It was hard work at first, but then the fun started up again. Being a big fan of dance music, and already interning for the channels before, I got to meet artists that I knew all too well. I listened to Above & Beyond talk about their Acoustic album and became good pals with the guys of Cash Cash when they gave us a world exclusive track. I also got to see Deniz Koyu & Danny Avila again. I met them last year when Generation Wild had an Electric Aquarium set and oddly enough, Danny remembered me! All I can say is, round 2 is starting off to a great start!

James Linehan, SiriusXM Intern for the Country Channel

My experience at Sirius XM has been not only educational, but eye opening as well. After learning about radio and media studies in the classroom, I have not learned what I know now until I interned at this company. With the help of Al Skop, Music Director for Country and many other employees on the floor, I have had an excellent experience being an intern. I have learned how to make hooks for featured songs on the Highway, how to research feedback using social media websites, how to create music introductions using Adobe Audition, and much more. I am very confident that my future learning experience at Sirius XM will grow even more during the rest of the semester.