December 18, 2013

Amado ’14 Works the Airwaves

Elizabeth Amado '14

Elizabeth Amado '14 doesn't graduate until May, but already has her sights set beyond the Emmanuel classroom and possibly, the city limits of Boston.  The English Communication major has tested the waters at two of Boston's largest and most popular radio stations and is looking forward to her next challenge.

During the Fall 2012 semester, Amado served as an intern for "The Ramiro & Pebbles Morning Show" on Boston's Jam'n 94.5 (WJMN). There, she assisted with show prep and sound editing, compiled the weekly top 30 countdown and helped handle a high volume of telephone calls for contests and prizes.

"Also, a lot of coffee," she said of the show, which began at 5:00 a.m. every weekday morning. "It was a good experience. It was a young audience and I related to the show's topics. I loved the fast-paced atmosphere of the studio, too."

Amado spent the following semester studying abroad at Universidad Veritas in San Jose, Costa Rica, taking classes in intercultural communications, documentary appreciation and an intensive course in Spanish.

On returning to Boston this fall, she was again drawn to radio and secured an internship with KISS 108 (WXKS-FM 107.9) to work on "Matty in the Morning," the weekday, 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. program that Boston fixture Matt Siegel has hosted since 1981.

At "Matty in the Morning," the interns have a daily routine that spans two typewritten pages, from setting up the studio, podcasting the morning's talking segments and closing down the studio at the end of the morning. They also assist in putting together the "show sheet" to keep the program running efficiently and in researching news and entertainment stories for daily topics.

"They definitely give us a lot of responsibility," Amado said.

She got her first on-air experience on a morning that both the other intern and the show's executive producer were out, leaving her to run the show on her own. Siegel called her into the studio to introduce her to the listeners before she returned to her work.

"I remember I was hyperventilating during the whole show," Amado said. "But when it was done, I really felt like I'd saved the day."

Amado found both internships on HireSaints, Emmanuel's career information website and online job database that provides both current students and alumni access to full- and part-time employment opportunities, internships, seasonal and volunteer positions, fellowships and a variety of career related resources. Amado encourages fellow students to take advantage of the specialized selection cultivated by the College's Career Center.

"I'm kind of obsessed with HireSaints," she said. "It's a great resource-I feel like it's more personal and I know it's for our smaller population. I check it really often."

In addition to her internships, Amado has found several other outlets to unleash her creative-and talkative-side. Using her nickname, Twinkles, Amado has hosted both a radio show on Emmanuel's student-run ECRadio and a personal YouTube channel with the title, "Talking with Twinkles."

"Ever since I came to Emmanuel I've been thinking, "How much experience can I rack up?" she said. "I want to build my own following."

As for her path in radio, she's poised for the next level of responsibility, even if it means shifting away from the morning drive time. She's hesitant to leave Clear Channel Communications-the parent company of both KISS 108 and Jam'n 94.5-and for good reason. Clear Channel has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America, serving 243 million monthly listeners through 850 radio stations in 150 cities across the United States.

Beyond radio, there isn't much she has ruled out.

"I don't know, maybe I'll try out for a reality TV show," she said. "Maybe I will pack up and move to L.A. or New York, where broadcast media is really thriving.

"So much that has happened while at Emmanuel has been a mix of luck and me constantly advocating for myself. Now, I'm feeling so, so ready."