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October 12, 2016

Afraid of the Radio

Friday afternoon in the Public Relations office, the director of marketing services for the department, Cheryl Johnston, asks me for my help. She explained to me that on Saturday, Beaver County Radio was going to be at Homecoming and they wanted to talk to some current students about their experience at Geneva.

“I think you’d be good at it! What do you say? Will you do it?” she asks, trying to encourage me.

I check my crowded Saturday, September 24th square in my planner and see an empty space right when she needed me.

“I’m free. Count me in!” I answer.

“Great! See you then!”

I left the office thinking about the interview. Perhaps I would be good at it, but what if I said something silly on air? Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea after all. Hopefully, the other student interviewing with me would be more experienced at this kind of thing.

Saturday rolls around and I find fellow PR office intern, Greg Beechaum and myself sitting on Alumni Hall porch waiting to be interviewed by Bob Barrickman from 1230 WBVP & 1460 WMBA.

“Have you ever done anything like this before?” I whisper to Greg.

“Nope, this is the first time I've ever been interviewed on the radio,” he whispers back.

“You’re up next,” Cheryl says, cutting off our conversation.

We stand and Bob hands us a little microphone to talk into as the interview begins. He asked us where we were from, what our majors are, and what prompted us to look at Geneva in our college search. Greg and I have similar stories because we both have parents who are alumni of Geneva. He asked us what we liked about Geneva and how we knew it was the right college for us. We agreed it was the community of friendly students and caring faculty that made us feel right at home. The interview probably lasted ten minutes, and it was over before we knew it.

As Greg and I left Alumni Hall, he told me how much he had enjoyed it.

“I felt very comfortable,” he said, “I guess because I'm talking about myself and my story and that is something I'm proud of.”

I agreed with him, Bob did a great job of prompting us with questions we felt comfortable answering and I love being a part of the tightknit campus community. I should have known I had nothing to be afraid of; this interview ended up being lots of fun! I got to talk about the things I’m passionate about, Geneva College and my majors.

“I've always enjoyed expressing myself and telling stories because I feel like my story can be helpful to someone listening,” Greg added. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Hopefully, our stories touched someone who was listening and made them at least a little bit interested in Geneva. Overall, even though I was nervous at first, being interviewed on the radio was a great experience. And to think I almost missed out on it by letting my fear of misspeaking get to me.

 

-Jocelyn Englehart ‘18