Most fifth-graders dream of being a vet, or an astronaut, or a princess. Not Erika Kooda. In fifth grade, Erika Kooda dreamed of programming public radio. The same girl who would host her own “radio show” on a karaoke machine in the basement between co-hosting Friday Morning Shows on Northern Community Radio is now an Interdisciplinary major in Media Management and Radio at Columbia College Chicago.

Throughout the past couple years at Columbia, some notable projects and positions Erika has held are: Associate Producer/Stage Manager for the Great Northern Radio Show (2013-2015); Executive Producer for the 2014 Icelandic Culture Documentary, aired on WCRX 88.1fm in February 2015; a producer and writer for Columbia College Chicago’s “Covering Europe” in January 2016, taking place in Dublin, Ireland; booking musicians for “Sessions on Seven”; producing stories on up-and-coming musicians, as well as a cast member of FOX’s “Glee”; and working as the assistant engineer/producer for “Ridgewoode Inn” (2013/14).

Outside of school, Erika enjoys living an active lifestyle. She has run seven half marathons and completed her first triathlon in the summer of 2014. Drum and Bugle Corps tends to eat up the summer every year; Erika was a member in 2013 & 2015, and a section leader for the 2016 season with Spirit of Atlanta (DCI World Class) Color Guard, as well as a member of Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (DCA) 2014 Color Guard. Erika plans to march again with Spirit of Atlanta for her age-out in the 2017 DCI Season. In addition to marching, Erika has taught a handful of high schools in the U.S., and led a clinic for Liberty Drum & Bugle Corps in Northampton, England, UK (2016).

When not on the lakefront path chasing a PR, glued to a multitrack session in Adobe Audition, or on a field trying not to look like a flying potato; you can probably find Erika scanning Netflix for the best-worst RomComs, or listening to records while dreaming of moving to Reykjavík, Iceland.


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