CBC Employees See Their Shadows on February 2nd
WRAL-TV’s Clarence Williams gives several students a tour of the control room.
Each February 2nd Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow in front of a waiting crowd that hopes he will not see his shadow. On the same day each year at CBC, employees at WRAL-TV and WRAL-FM look forward to seeing many shadows at the stations.
CBC once again hosted students from Harnett, Johnston & Wake Counties for Groundhog Shadow Day for 2006. Thirty students came from 15 Middle & High Schools and had expressed an interest in a career in broadcasting.
A number of employees spoke to the students to help these middle and high schoolers, introducing them to what we do here at WRAL-TV and WRAL-FM. The presenters helped the students understand exactly what their jobs are and what it took for them to get in the positions they are in now.
The students heard from a variety of TV and radio departments including engineering, promotions, news and Human Resources, to name a few. They were also treated to a station tour at WRAL-TV and a trip inside the studio at WRAL-FM & NCNN.
WRAL-TV Director/Producer Clarence Williams coordinated the Groundhog Job Shadow Day for WRAL-TV.
“I was impressed because of their commitment to these kids,” said Williams of the presenters. “They were so willing to share their knowledge and advice.”
So, what were a few of the tips these students received?
Corp’s Angie Emerline talked about a career in broadcasting from a Human Resources perspective.
Corp. HR Manager Angie Emerline gave the nuts and bolts of getting into broadcasting. She talked about educational requirements for the various positions. And, she discussed how to get your first job in broadcasting. Here’s what she said:
- While in school try to get internships in broadcasting. Or, volunteer for your school radio and television station or local public access station. The key here is to obtain as much experience as possible prior to graduation.
- Recognize that you will not come out of school and be Dan Rather, David Crabtree or Greg Fishel. You will need to begin working in small markets and work your way up to a WRAL-TV.
- Recognize that you will not be highly paid right out of school.
- Be flexible!
- Be willing to take jobs that are not exactly what you want, just to get your foot in the door. Once your foot is in the door, learn as much as you possibly can about all facets of broadcasting.
- Be willing to work the overnight, weekend and holiday shifts that no one else wants.
So What Did the Students Think of Their Day?
Check out the school blog from Clayton Middle School student Michelle Burdette. And visit the entire Clayton Middle School Web site…they’ll soon have up news report with photos about their day at WRAL-TV.