Inspiring Teens Magazine - ITMGZ.com
Summer 2016 Issue
Article & images by Michelle Corr
Since September, I have been interning with Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, the morning show I grew up listening to on Q102. I can’t believe that my time with the Morning Show is coming to a close – this has been the best experience of my life and I have learned so much from everyone there. Also, I’ve eaten the most incredible food ever. And met some of the coolest celebrities. And seen Greg T up to the most insane antics.
In Summer 2015, as I was heading into my junior year as a Communications major at Fordham University, I figured I should get an internship. Mostly to learn more about social media outside of class, partially to make some money so I could buy groceries. I had put in a few applications for various companies, but hadn’t heard back. While on vacation, I put in an application to Elvis Duran and the Morning Show on a whim – the idea popped into my head on a beach, and I immediately went inside and applied. I didn’t really think anything would come of it. Also, I was the FARTHEST thing from a morning person – my idea of an early morning was 11:00am. But two days after I sent it in, I had a call from the Morning Show saying they wanted me to come in for an interview. I set up the interview for the next week with David Brody, one of the producers for the show and head of the intern program.
The interview was terrifying and fun. I was extremely nervous for the interview, and going to the beautiful iHeart Radio studios in TriBeCa only made me even more nervous. But once the interview got started, all my nerves went away. I was just having a conversation with Brody, and he made me feel very welcome (even though I was only there for an interview). I left the interview with the internship, and at the time I didn’t realize that it’s not a normal thing to get the job at the interview. I was thrilled – I couldn’t believe I was going to get to be a Morning Show intern! Brody doesn’t know this, but as soon as I got on the elevator to head out of the building, I started doing a happy dance. Like a hardcore Christina Yang happy dance. If there are cameras in there, I’m sure the security guards had a good laugh.
The first semester I was there, I was a Morning Show intern, working mostly with Carla Marie and another intern (the interns worked the same days every week). I was in the studio twice a week, one day at 5am, and the other at 7am. Because I had such a long commute from my apartment in the Bronx, that meant I left for work at 3:30am and 5:30am respectively.
Remember how I said I wasn’t a morning person? I sure am now.
Being a Morning Show intern meant I would help prep for the show, help answer phones during the show, and edit various audio after the show. This was a lot of what the show’s producers would do, so I got to see what it was like to produce for radio. A really cool thing I learned was how to use ProTools, the audio editing software used by most radio stations across the country. It took a bit to get used to, but once I did, I felt comfortable enough to edit audio for the show in the studio by myself. I also got to write for the Intern Blog on the Elvis Duran website. All my blogs are still up, so you can still go to ElvisDuran.com and see them!
This semester, I am interning with Web Girl Kathleen, helping with the Morning Show’s social media, writing articles for the website, and taking pictures and SnapChats in the studio when we have guests. I like to call myself a Webtern, a term my friend from last semester came up with. This semester I am in the studio at 6am, so I get to sleep in until 3am! WOOHOO! I really love working on all of the digital content. At Fordham, I’m focusing on Digital Technology in classes, so it’s fascinating to see how what I’m learning in classes translates to the real world, for a business that has an extremely successful social media outreach.
Kathleen has taught me so much – I now know the basics of Adobe Illustrator, how to edit text and include outside media for our website using HTML, how to strategize the social media, how to take photos on a professional camera and edit them using Photoshop, and most important, how to take the best Instagram pictures (natural light, people!!). Kathleen also helps out with “Elvis Duran Presents,” a new video series that gets posted to our website, using Adobe After Effects. By watching her use this really awesome video editing program, I’m inspired to become proficient in that program even after my time with the show is done.
One of the coolest parts of my internship has been the celebrities I’ve gotten the chance to meet. In my time with the Morning Show, I’ve met Darren Criss, Alessia Cara, Chris Martin, Todrick Hall, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jordan Smith, Gwen Stefani, Nick Fradiani, John Cena, Fifth Harmony, Kathy Lee and Hoda, Bobby Flay, Carly Rae Jepson, Carrie Underwood, Halsey, Nathan Sykes, Los 5, Thomas Rhett, Lisa Oz, and Mike Posner. Yes, I kept my cool around most of them. Yes, I have pictures to prove I’ve met most of them (check my Instagram).
While I didn’t get the chance to chat with all of them, a few celebs and I had some fun interactions.
Darren Criss is one of my favorite celebrities today. I’ve been a fan of his since 2009 when “A Very Potter Musical” hit YouTube, so I DIED when Darren Criss (who has been in the studio twice since I started) and I had a 20-minute conversation about Broadway, StarKid, Elsie Fest, and life. For the record, Darren complimented my pants both times he was in. The adjectives used were “bitchin’” and “badass.” I can die happy.
Chris Martin and I also had a fun conversation where I told him about what I was doing with social media. He crouched down next to me at my desk and stared into my soul with his beautiful blue eyes and spoke with his incredibly charming British accent while I attempted to discuss Facebook and Twitter with him. I was very low-key dying the entire time. I am SO WEAK when it comes to British accents.
Ariana Grande gave me a high five. I have a Wicked decal on my laptop and she is a HUGE Broadway fan (FYI, she got her start in Broadway’s Thirteen the Musical). She came over to me (lol what), asked me where I got the decal (Etsy), told me her dream of going out dressed up as a half-Glinda half-Elphaba character (I suggested a night in Hell’s Kitchen), asked me if I was more Elphie or Glinda (Elphie, obviously), and then gave me a high five and was on her way.
Please keep in mind – Ariana Grande and Chris Martin were within an hour of each other, so I was extremely overwhelmed by my interactions that day. And I went home and told everyone I knew.
While meeting celebrities is a really cool perk, and everything I learned over these two semesters is incredibly invaluable, the best part of this year has been getting to know the members of the Morning Show. Every single one of them is exactly what you imagine them to be like. They are all some of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and they work so hard to make your mornings a little brighter. I could fill this entire magazine with examples and stories about everyone, but that will have to wait for another time. I am incredibly happy to have been able to get to know them these past few months, and I hope I’ll be able to see them even after I leave.
My time at Elvis Duran and the Morning Show has taught me so much, and the love I had for the show before interning has grown exponentially since working for them. While I have no idea where life might take me or what I’ll end up doing after I graduate next year, I know that my time with the Morning Show will stay with me forever.