Scholarship Musings: Bio

Coming from a small town has defined me more than I thought it would. Although I had to be creative to have fun, being from a rural area has also afforded me more opportunities than if I would have grown up in an urban setting. Even though that did mean my idea of a ‘fun’ first date was getting Icees at Target, but I wouldn’t trade my gradeschool experience for anything else. I was able to start doing radio when I was twelve years old, I cohosted the Friday morning show on a semi-regular basis, and that resulted in getting my own weekly segment come my Freshman year of high school. By Junior year, I was hosting weekly three-hour music shows, and I became the student intern for my Senior year of high school. I returned for the summer of 2014 for a more ‘official’ internship assisting the program director, and that affirmed my professional dreams.

I was able to immerse myself in the world of public radio because I didn’t have all of the big city distractions, and the competition wasn’t too stiff for an NPR-affiliate station in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. This helped me both build up a decent portfolio, and drew me deep into the world of public radio. It’s how I found Columbia, and how I was able to secure the Presidential Scholarship, which literally afforded me the opportunity to continue my education in my art form.

As I was preparing to come to a specialized program for my higher education, I learned a lot about time management and hard work. I have a few part-time jobs, but the most important is my position as the Associate Producer for the Great Northern Radio Show. I’ve learned that this is what I want to do with my life: produce content that can be pleasing both to the ear, and to a live audience. I love making radio connections face-to-face, and I’ve been lucky enough to find that in variety shows. Maybe it’s because I was so used to seeing the same faces at Target in my small town, but there’s something so special to me about creating content for a variety show. The room for creativity is limitless, and the connection you’re able to make with people is something that is different than anything else I’ve ever experienced.

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Author: erikabunk

Raised in Northern Minnesota. BA in Radio/Business & Entrepreneurship, but right now just talking too much about running shoes and a Masters Student at DePaul (Journalism). Training for the marathon with various podcasts. Spends too much time on Spotify, in search of the best record store in the world, and dreams of returning to Reykjavík.

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