Did you know Miami University received the 2012 Presidential Award from The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education? Social justice, service learning and community building are incredibly important at Miami University. Our motto is Love and Honor. Students are given wonderful opportunities to volunteer in Oxford and Butler County through the Office of Community Engagement and Service and Miami Athletics community outreach.
My personal mission for the summer is to demonstrate my commitment to excellence in academics (summer internship course work/3.4 GPA in Spring 2012), athletics (on ice and off ice training), community service, social responsibility and personal health/well-being. I set aside one day each week to volunteer for local and national charities including:
- May 13th Portland SeaDogs Mother’s Day 5K to benefit Maine Breast Cancer Patients and Research
- May 20th Kites Against Cancer volunteer at Hampton Beach to support the Beyond The Rainbow Fund At Exeter Hospital
- June 1st NH’s 43rd Annual Special Olympic Summer Games volunteer at UNH with 950 athletes
- June 11th Assistant to Master of Ceremonies Kelly Brown from WERZ/WHEB at the 20th Annual Paws Walk at Stratham Hill Park, raising over $140,000 for the NHSPCA
- June 21st Producer of the 5th Annual Strafford County Scholarship Program Fundraiser to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
- June 22nd Father’s Day 5K to benefit Goodwin Community Health Center
- July 1st Media Partner at the Boston-Portsmouth Air Show Plane Pull for Wounded Warriors, a “giant tug-of-war” pulling a 130,000-pound aircraft to raise over $40,000 for the www.WoundedWarriorProject.org
- July 4th Fourth of July Spirit of Sandwich Road Race to benefit the Sandwich Recreation Department
- July 8th Welcome Home Parade for returning Veterans
- July 21st Cara’s Crusade Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation FunRaiser
- July 23rd 7th Annual Crescentia Classic Golf Tournament to benefit On-Belay
- July 27th Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Treat Day
- July 28th Fitness.gov “Let’s Move Day”/New England Color Run to benefit http://www.homesforourtroops.org
- August 9th Running on the WMUR-TV team for the Cigna-Elliot Corporate 5k to raise funds for NH charitable health care programs and the Elliot Health System
- August 11th Spartan Sprint in Amesbury to benefit http://www.homesforourtroops.org
- August 12th Jumper Classic to benefit Therapeutic Riding and Equine Rescue Programs
- Weekly local workouts with the President’s Challenge/PALA+ (learn more at Fitness.gov)
My goal for this summer is to take advantage of every possible learning, performance, service and training opportunity. I’m balancing my invaluable (but unpaid) Clear Channel Media Internship with lots of hours at Coldstone Creamery. (I’ve been with the Newington Coldstone Creamery since the opening of the store!) I also participate in Miss America local preliminary programs to earn scholarship money to help pay for school.
Miss Winnipesaukee is:
- The oldest, continuously running Miss America local program in the country.
- A community television show – hosted by WLNH’s Pat Kelly.
- A great source of scholarship money with $9,000 awarded to talented students in 2012.
- An incredible outlet to perform a talent, enhance communication skills and develop meaningful community service projects. If you were wondering, my talent is singing, my favorite area of competition is Interview and I volunteer as a community health advocate with the President’s Challenge (learn more at Fitness.gov).
- Miss Winnipesaukee is also a beloved local tradition, celebrating it’s 88th Anniversary on July 8, 2012. The day begins with play time at FunSpot and ends with a show at the beautiful Gunstock Mountain Lodge.
I was incredibly honored to receive a $750 scholarship from the Miss Winnipesaukee Organization. A second award from the Miss Stratham Fair Scholarship Program helped pay the balance of my summer tuition. Thank you to all of the Miss New Hampshire and Miss Ohio state and local volunteers who work year round to provide scholarships.
The Miss America Organization is also partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Miss America Organization has raised over $7 million dollars to help make real miracles happen everyday at 170 CMN Hospitals nationwide. Each MAO local finalist fundraises $100 in support of CMNH. In 2012, I participated in 5 Miss America local programs, generating a $500 donation to CMN Hospitals in NH and OH.
These past two weeks have been full of lots of great events and experiences. The week of July Fourth was a pretty slow week in the office with no events or beach patrols. One of my co-workers shared that the week of the Fourth is the most common time for on-air personalities and sales representatives to take vacation.
But this week has been a blast. So many great events to help organize and execute. Thursday, July 12th I had my regular beach patrol. I am definitely getting better at prepping quickly for the recorded beach reports. The on-air beach report host/personality is going to let me do all of the beach reports this upcoming Thursday. Hit up www.kiss953.com or look our station up on the iheartradio app if you would like to listen in!
Later that day, I helped with WERZ’s weekly Dueling Pianos. It is almost the same concept as Brick Street’s Piano Man. The piano players come up contests and the interns help distribute prizes. This event was a blast and I believe I’m headed back to support this promotion next Thursday as well.
This weekend was New England’s Largest Annual Sporting Event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Are you a NASCAR fan? The New Hampshire Motor Speedway was home to this weekend’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301, part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. Congratulations to race day champion Kasey Kahne (http://www.indystar.com/article/20120715/SPORTS0109/120715009/NASCAR-Kasey-Kahne-wins-New-Hampshire-2nd-victory-season). The event draws more than 10 million viewers in over 90 countries. WHEB and ROCK101 Broadcast WPRN’s Race coverage all weekend. We were up at New Hampshire Motor Speedway early yesterday and early today setting up our tents in the Fan Zone surrounded by all sorts of Media, Sponsors and Race Team Fan Trucks. WHEB held a live broadcast of our syndicated morning show “Greg and The Morning Buzz” from the center of the race track. Later I was responsible for assisting with Promotions, interacting with race fans, handing out stickers and station swag as well as posing for fan photos. I also had the chance to watch a live broadcast from the SPEED Live TV stage, it was very cool to watch their quick reactions and commentary to the live race.
Last week was a busy one at Clear Channel Portsmouth. I had the opportunity to explore a few different parts of the station beyond my usual tiny intern studio. I helped one of our sales representatives complete, file, notarize, and mail all of the invoices for radio advertising in the month of June. It was eye opening to understand the business side of radio. I was astounded by the top account average monthly spend and quickly realized the power of the branding that radio is providing these clients. One example, Seacoast Harley Davidson’s spent about $3,000 dollars in June (for the record I don’t know if that is supposed to be public knowledge or not, sooo shhh don’t tell anyone I told you). But I recognize this is a very worthy, valuable investment for them because after typing their name I can instantly tell you their slogan as well as their location on Route 1. Their ads certainly have staying power with potential and future buyers.
We also have a set schedule for Beach Patrol now. Every intern has a set day of the week for their days of patrolling. My beach days are Thursdays and Sundays, so if you are ever in the Seacoast area be sure to tune in to 107.1 and 95.3 to listen to my Beach Reports!
The major event of the week was The Boston Portsmouth Air Show. All of the Clear Channel Portsmouth stations have been playing PSA’s and advertisements like crazy to support this event. The Air Show attracts at least 60,000 spectators every year…and this year organizers think it was even more than that. WERZ and WHEB were in charge of announcing one of the biggest fundraising events: a VW Plane Pull for the Wounded Warrior Project. Teams of 25 raced to see how fast they could pull a 150,000 pound FedEx plane down a track.
It was our job to keep the teams encouraged as they tugged the plane and keep the spectators of the event entertained. The Plane Pull raised over $40,000 dollars for Wounded Warriors, an organization that “serves military service members who incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.” It feels great to be helping out such a worthy cause. The organizers of the event were generous enough to let the Clear Channel Portsmouth Team pull a plane. And man it was challenging, the hardest game of tug-of-war I have ever played!
Announcing and participating in the Plane Pull was hands down the most fun and most tiring/inspiring event I’ve been a part of thus far in my internship. To make a donation in support of the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org