One alum’s experience in radio

Fri, 2010-08-06 08:00 -- univcomm
August 6, 2010

“When I was young I would always get in trouble for taking apart my toys to see how they worked,” reminisced Brian Terrell, 2009 AU alumni and WMDH production director. “That later evolved into writing computer programs and working on audio equipment.”

Terrell knew where his interests led him, and he brought that passion to Anderson University. He served in the production department at WQME and excelled. He created commercials and worked on imaging–the “sound” of the station through jingles and liners. WQME Production Director Matt Rust noticed that Terrell “picked up on things quickly and was advanced for his age.”

Terrell on airSince then, Terrell has secured a job many communication majors envy. He was hired by central Indiana’s Hit Country 102.5 WMDH-FM and Real Country 1550 WMDH-AM in mid-October. His main responsibility is to serve in the production department where he writes commercials, finds a fitting voice, and adds in any sounds effects needed.

One of the best aspects of his job, he explained, is that his responsibilities extend beyond the production studio. “Radio is such a fast-paced industry. When something has to get done, it has to get done,” said Terrell. He can be heard on-air, or found creating graphics, developing software and even repairing equipment.

While every job has its drawbacks, Terrell is at a stage in life that allows him to immerse himself in work. “I put in a lot of hours, which for someone else may be an issue,” said Terrell. “But I don’t have a family that needs me to be home, and I love what I do.”

For those aspiring to enter the industry, Terrell said, “Radio is all about who you know.” Towards the end of his search he started to experience some frustration after sending out numerous resumes and demos. With persistence and creativity, a company finally saw Terrell’s potential and talent.

When graduation was approaching for the class of 2010, Terrell gave one final piece of advice and said, “Be willing to work hard. It’s not going to happen right away, but employers do recognize a good work ethic.”

— Aubrey Helms is a 2010 Anderson University graduate. Helms majored in communication arts and was an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.