Intern Zach here. Today marks my last day as an intern for X96 and the Radio From Hell program. Before I go, I thought I’d like to share with you some lessons I have learned from my experiences at X96
1. The meaning of “sleep-deprived” Getting up at the unholy hour of four AM everyday has taught me to never take sleep for granted. Not even one hour. Here’s an idea of what I look like right now:
2. Endless experience of audio editing I’ve stared at computer screens like this for longer than I can remember:
3. You will get headphone hair… you’ll just have to deal with it It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend on doing your hair, it will always end up looking like this:
4. "Grammar Nazis" are everywhere
All over the chatroom, all over Facebook, EVERYWHERE. This has helped me become more self-aware of my writing and grammar. Or maybe it has made me become more paranoid. I can't tell.
5. Running remote events is kinda like babysitting You have to watch over expensive items, you explain the same things over and over, and you give away as much candy and stickers as you can in order to make someone happy
I FEEL YOU, FRANK!
However, I did get to go see a lot of cool events like the Reggae Rise Up Festival, RSL games, and Vans Warped Tour for free!
6. You never know who you might meet
I got to hang out with the guitarists of Anberlin, Christian McAlhaney and Joseph Milligan (left), and the vocalist/bassist, Roger Lima, of Less Than Jake (right). Anyone could stop by the studio at any given day.
Okay, that was NPR. But I would freak out if the cookie monster made an apperance at X96. I would probably take his cookies. Maybe just one. 7. Anyone can be a writer or a journalist. I never thought of myself as a writer. I’m just a guy who likes to talk about music. However, I realized that most people who work here at X96, and in music journalism, fall under the same category. Thanks to my time at X96, my writing has been viewed and opened up to a much broader audience.
Going back to school like...
All in all, my experience at X96 was rewarding. I lost a lot of sleep, got a lot of free food and donuts, saw a few concerts for free, met some of my favorite bands, and had a lot of laughs along the way. Sure, sometimes Kerry, Bill, & Gina and everyone else might make you feel like this sometimes:
But, your overall experience here will leave you feeling like this:
… And who knows where you’ll go from there. If you’d like an internship experience similar to mine, email Richie@x96.com
Hey, Organized Intern here. Just wanted to remind you all, in case we haven't discussed it enough, that we're moving today! Which means that for the next week or two, things might go wrong... so it should be exactly what you're used to!!
But seriously, folks, the podcasts might not be up in a timely manner; if you call in - the interns might accidentally hang up on you; the live video feed may go in and out; the possibilities of what could go wrong are endless. So, please, be patient with us as we transition to the new (and hopefully MUCH MUCH BETTER) studio located at:
50 W Broadway (300 South) Salt Lake City, UT 84101
If you have any thoughts on how our magical new station can make your ear holes happy, you be sure to email Richie T email@example.com and let him know how.
And thanks for listening!
X Organized Intern
Hey, it's Organized Intern to share about my most exciting day as a Radio From Hell Intern (so far!)...
It was a morning just like any other Radio From Hell intern day. I got up before the sun and was pulling into the parking garage just as Richie T was arriving, which meant I was late. As he held the door open for me he said, "I have a special task for you today.”
That’s always bad news.
He walked me to a room I hadn’t been in and opened the door. I was mentally preparing my “no means no” speech when I saw the room and was stopped by a pile of crap. I really mean that: a pile of crap was impeding any further movement into the room. It was the most terrifying and glorious sight I’d ever seen – chairs, boxes, papers, chairs, garbage, CDs, electronics, chairs, rubber bands, room dividers, chairs, jingtinglers, trumtookas, slooslunkas, chairs, chairs, chairs, and more chairs.
“I think your mission here is clear,” and he probably said other things but my brain was too busy being excited. It was like the Room of Requirement in Harry Pottr but instead it was the room of Aquirement, because this isn't Hogwarts. Regardless, I got to ORGANIZE it!!
Christmas had come early.
As with any attempt to organize chaos, the first step was to gather my supplies. For this task I needed a sharpie, clean boxes, and some more interns.
To start, we needed to empty the room. With plenty of space to use in the hallway we emptied the room and sorted into two piles: Garbage and Keep. I have to admit, this was the hardest part of the job because you never knew if a rat, or a (shudder) spider was going to crawl out from underneath something.
Here’s some fun/disgusting/weird stuff that we found: A fake Christmas Tree; 4 boxes of white catalog envelopes; a red feather boa; one smut novel; a very old "On Air" light; 17 giant empty black binders; and one slice of half eaten pizza. I guess there is something so disgusting that even Smitty, the X96 Corporate Rat, won’t eat it.
Once we were rid of the garbage, we sorted the remaining stuff into boxes, and labeled the boxes. Sorting and labeling was definitely the fun part – I was so bummed I left my label maker at home! Good thing the nuns beat good handwriting into me! All the neatly labeled boxes were put back in the room, ready for the Big Move.
All in all, it took four interns, three hours, 4 new boxes, 5 old boxes, and 11 trips to the industrial garbage bins outside. Hopefully Richie T has more rooms like that for me to sort this next week – Hey, it’s better than getting paid! For me at least.
x Organized Intern
P.S. Thanks for reading this – you should email Richie T (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he’ll give you a prize!
I don’t want to burst your bubble or anything, but the Internet is a lie. Pretty much everything that goes viral is manufactured and engineered for specifically that. Even this blog posting is being written by a seasoned team of experts that specialize in creating content that will eventually get shared thousands of times, resulting in hits to our website. Well, not really. I’m just sitting here at my computer typing this post all by myself. It’s true. I’ll even take a selfie as evidence.
See? There I am, typing what you’re reading. Or did we cleverly insert a photo into text that was ghostwritten?
You know that story that was going around on Facebook about the little girl that was allegedly asked to leave a KFC because her scarred face was disturbing the other customers? As the story goes, she had scars on her face from a pit bull attack and the family made a big Internet and news stink about how an employee made them leave because her scars were scaring other customers. The world was outraged. Even the owner of the KFC apologized and offered to donate $30,000 to her medical funds. Others pledged donations of another $100,000 after the story went viral. (This is the Internet, and I am blindly regurgitating figures that I’m reading from a variety of articles.)
Well, now it turns out that the whole thing is allegedly a hoax. At least according to what is trending on the Internet today. Now sources are saying (I haven’t actually researched this, either) that there is evidence (that I have personally not seen) that the family never even entered the restaurant at all. Here is a link to an article by someone who may or may not have actually researched this. I’m just blindly sharing.
Let me show you how to get attention on the internet. Think of a headline that will get people pissed off, and then cause them to click on your link and share it. How about this?
City Makes Firefighters Pay For Water When Fighting Fires.
That will spark outrage, don’t you think? I thought it up because I looked out the window just now and saw a fire truck waiting at the red light on 500 South. Then I added something ridiculous, and there you have it: instant Internet outrage. I could post it as fact, share it on the Internet, and we’d have ourselves a three-ring circus! I could also add below the headline “What happened next will make you cry.”
So be wary of anything you find on the Internet. It is usually fiction. Oh, and share this link, please. I need the click-through traffic to increase our web hits for the month.
As far as the whole KFC thing goes, it now appears that it didn’t happen. Or maybe the hoax story is actually a hoax. The only thing I know for sure is this: fried chicken sure is yummy! (This will likely outrage PETA.)