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92.9 2018 Summer Intern Catherine Levasseur

Retrospective Summer 2018: Levasseur reviews her experiences

July 18, 2018 - 12:22 pm
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In a couple of weeks I will begin my senior year at the University of Memphis and graduate in May 2019 with two Bachelor degrees in journalism and communication studies. My internship here at 92.9 FM ESPN lasted two months, from May 21st to July 21st. When I look back, I realize how fast the past two months flew by. The work experience I gained this summer motivates me to finish my last year of college and begin my career in the sports broadcasting industry.

There is something special about Memphis, and I am not talking about the BBQ. Sports fans are dedicated to their team and they love to talk about it. Basketball here brings the entire city together. This summer with 92.9 FM ESPN I had a chance to experience how much the Memphis Grizzlies and the Memphis Tigers mean to the city. The level of excitement for the upcoming seasons is at peak level. What I thought was going to be the “off-season” turned out to be a very interesting and newsworthy time.

My internship started during the Penny Hardaway mania. I was amazed to see how one hiring could give so much hope to the University of Memphis Basketball program and to the city of Memphis.

After Penny, the main topic became the NBA Finals, the NBA Draft and Free Agency. I was fortunate to witness the Memphis Grizzlies return to “Grit and Grind” and get to the NBA Summer League Semi-Finals. After a disappointing season, I can feel how much Memphians want to see their team back in the playoffs. The energy coming from the city is amazing. I had never experienced something like that.

At first, “running the board” was scary, but after a lot of practice I was capable of operating the board and producing shows on my own. I worked with the Jason and John Show and the Gary Parrish Show. It was great to be able to contribute to different shows and shadow multiple successful hosts and producers. While producing these shows I learned more about sports. It also confirmed that I want to become a sports broadcaster.

The work hosts and producers put into their daily show is impressive. It is more than just talking about sports. There is research to provide interesting content, preparation to execute each segment, and networking to book relevant guests. Producing entertaining and informative shows talking about topics listeners care about is their priority. Their passion for sports and reporting is contagious.

This summer I met successful columnists, writers, hosts, and producers who taught me what it takes to be successful in this industry. I feel very fortunate to have been part of the 92.9 FM ESPN family, the best sports station in the country! 

AUDIO: 2018 92.9 FM ESPN Summer Intern Catherine Levasseur's production "reel"

 

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