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Shan & RJ's Intern Describes What It's Like To Be Working On The Show

June 18, 2019 - 10:51 am
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By "Intern" Zach Roe

I received an email from Tim Collins about a month and a half ago that had “Time for a phone call today?” written in the subject line with an empty body section. I immediately felt my forehead temperature rise and prepared myself for what I thought would be a phone interview. My phone started buzzing, my heart started racing as I was greeted by Tim’s voice. When I heard him say “I’ve got some really good news for you,” I couldn’t believe my ears. 

If you know me, working at this station has been a dream of mine for the better part of 2 years. Working in the world of sports has been a dream since I was 7. As an English major, I didn’t know to what capacity I would maintain a part in that world – but I knew it was for me. I’m not ashamed to admit that I hysterically celebrated with a few tears in my eyes. “No interview? 250 applicants? Oh, and it’s paid? ” I was unbelievably excited by this news and couldn’t help but to tell everyone. That might sound really corny, but it’s the truth.

I’ve been here for 3 weeks, working on the Shan and RJ show in a variety of ways. Until this week, I’ve been reporting to and taking direction from Roy White. I feel like I have developed a friendship with each member of the show, just at different levels. Roy has helped me a lot and has been patient with me as I’ve gradually learned how to complete the tasks he's assigned to me. Shan Shariff sits on my right and while he’s snapped at me with some heat once or twice, I appreciate all of his help and the numerous live shout outs – I’m now referred to as “Intern Zach” by my uncle Matt thanks to Shan. Troy Hughes and RJ Choppy have both been distant and I’ve felt a sense of caution towards both. Don't get me wrong, these are good dudes and I love watching them work. I think I refrain from talking to them as much because they always seem locked in on their work and don't have much time for conversation, which is fine. I get it. I’m the intern. 

At this point, I’ve developed an affinity for the show, for waking up at 3:30 to get to the station by 4:50, for my building access badge, for showing up before the hosts, for my role as the brewer of coffee, for my condom-dispensing chair, for making sure the TVs are tuned to the correct channels before 5:30, for my assignment to do the Top 7 and subsequent nod of approval I get from Shan, for the podcasts and audio clips I edit to perfection.

I don't know how to tweet. I average a solid 2 favorites per tweet. But you can follow me anyways @zroe10. That’s where I’m at and while it may not be much, I’m contributing to a station that I love and I did not see this for myself a year ago. This internship is a dream come true for me and I still have so much more to experience. Let’s go...