I think back to when I got a radio job back in 1996; I was a gangly 18 year old that was interning at a local radio station with two others. It wasn’t long before it was just me, and I was being tutored by the lead newsreader/journalist at the station. I was pretty excited, I essentially was interning without being in high school or college at this point, and getting some good tips.
An important part of this story is that the newsreader was from the UK. I was lucky enough to make my radio debut reading the news while she was on vacation.
She never made it back.
No, nothing horrible happened to her, other than not getting her visa renewed. So I was the interim news guy until they figured out what to do. In the meantime, I was able to attend an education photo op by Tipper Gore, and since it was 1996, I was also assigned to interview some local and state-wide candidates, which was a mind-blowing experience to this political junkie.
Alas, it couldn’t last forever, and college was calling–which wasn’t going to work with the 4:30am wakeup and 5-9am schedule I had. It was fun while it lasted, and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, and it helped get here, even if it took me 20 years after the fact.