As the semester progresses at the speed of light, the senior class is beginning to make peace with that fateful day in May: Commencement. Until the class of 2012 up and leaves us, BlogDH wants to highlight all the interesting things the class has been up to. To this end, we are (re)starting a series, Last Call, featuring seniors reflecting on their experiences at Brown. Each featured senior will tag another senior for the next installment. Find this year’s other “Last Call” chain here.
Then + Now
People might know me as… the dude interviewing a Red Sox player in those posters in front of the treadmills in the Keeney and Pembroke gyms.
Mark’s Question: A day with Ruth Simmons, what do you do? I’m just gonna go ahead and assume that Ruth has her own private jet, and then, in no particular order: hit up a theme park, check out Mount Rushmore, play H.O.R.S.E. with her and Obama, go scuba diving, catch up on all the Corporation gossip, and make it back in time to watch the sunset from Prospect Park.
You were GM of WBRU, a student-run radio station. What was the coolest part of your job? I feel like not many Brown students really know too much about WBRU, so I’ll just do a brief overview first. We’re a student-run, independent commercial radio station that is completely funded by revenue received from advertisements, which are sold by a full-time professional sales team. Only students are allowed on the air, but we have eight professional employees who help us with various functions, including an engineer, accountant, and Program Director. We have about 250,000 listeners across Southern New England and a multi-million dollar budget. Along with the student Station Manager, Max Ashby, I was responsible for overseeing the entire operation, including the student and professional staffs.
I really can’t even begin to describe all the incredible opportunities BRU affords its student volunteers, but I’d strongly encourage you to read about a few of them here. Everyone who contributed to that list had an “aha moment,” in which they said to themselves, “How the hell am I allowed to be doing this right now?” I had my share of those moments, from interviewing my hero, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, to conceiving, planning, and MCing WBRU’s 75th anniversary celebration last year, in which I got to accept a certificate from Mayor Taveras on behalf of the station. All that aside, I’d still have to say that the coolest part of being GM was witnessing and occasionally facilitating moments like those for so many BRU students (and listeners) and getting to watch their faces as they met their own childhood idols. That never gets old.
What is the hardest part of your job? I don’t think any 20 year old can possibly be prepared for the responsibility of overseeing an organization on the scale of BRU, let alone while simultaneously trying to be a full-time student. [Read more →]