New Things: The First Week

hi all – Meredith here.

I made it to the weekend! I just worked my first three days at the CBC. This week I worked as an associate producer on the afternoon show at CBC Radio here in Ottawa. It’s work I have done in the past – I used to do the same kind of gig when I lived in Halifax more than two years ago.

The job essentially consists of doing a lot of the leg work to make sure there is content for the show. That includes everything from chasing down stories and finding suitable guests, to writing the interview questions for the host, along with the intro and extros that the host reads on the air.

It’s fun work — stressful at times (especially when you are trying to get a script written to deadline!), but interesting too. You never know what you’re going to be covering. This week I talked to everyone from opera singers and electronic musicians (including the renowned DJ Spooky), to psychoanalysts and artists.

But I have to say, working from nine to five every day sure is a change from being a grad student! I’m mostly amazed to find how the days have been zipping past. I am more behind with my email than ever (since the day keeps me too busy to attend to it while I’m working), and am finding that all I can manage at the end of the day is to pick up a few groceries, make dinner, and ready myself for the next day. I can see why people with day jobs cherish their weekends so much!

The fact that I am a Queen’s grad has come up more than a few times at my new gig. At a story meeting the other morning, someone mentioned that they had heard a rumour that Don Cherry was being given an honorary doctorate from Queen’s. Don Cherry? Everyone looked at me, and I shrugged my shoulders (an email to an acquaintance in the Queen’s Communications department quickly had me feeling less embarrassed — he’s being given the honour by another of Kingston’s academic institutions: Royal Military College. I quickly set everyone straight.

I’m staying in Ottawa this weekend in a bid to familiarize myself with the city a little bit. Like I said in my last post, I’ll be back-and-forth to Kingston for the next few weeks. Figured I should try out staying in the city in a bid to get used to things here. It’s a beautiful day here in Ottawa today – perfect for wandering and taking in the city.

I guess that’s it for now. Next week I’m working on the Ottawa morning show, again as an Associate Producer. I’ll let you know how that goes!

Happy Weekending, all!

Posted in SGS Blog 2010-2011, Student Perspective

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