Radio talent has been embedded into the blood of Brittany Carlson’s family. Her grandfather started his own radio station when he began his career, and her mother has spent 30 years in the industry. After listening to her speak, it makes sense as to why Carlson also decided to enter the field. With a voice made for the airwaves, she spends her time relating with the people of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Carlson, a 2011 broadcasting graduate, now works as the morning show host at 88.3, 89.9 WAY-FM in Grand Rapids, an alternative Christian rock station. With a demographic of people from teenagers to people in their 30s, she enjoys when listeners call in and share their stories with her.
“I get to meet different kinds of people,” she said. “Radio is a very personal medium. Sometimes it feels like I’m just talking into a microphone, so I have to make sure I remind myself that there is another person on the other end.”
Since the radio station happens to be a Christian station, Carlson appreciates how she can be open about her own faith and can pray with her listeners.
She spent many hours in the broadcasting department as a student. Along with contributing to HTV, she also joined the radio station staff the second semester of her junior year.
“I would not be where I am now had I not had the hands-on experience at FUSE (HU’s radio station) and HTV,” she said. “For anyone going into broadcasting, I recommend getting involved as soon as you can. The more hands-on experience you have, the better you’ll be able to connect with your listeners.”
Her career began in 2011 when she traveled with the Huntington University television station to the National Religious Broadcasting Convention in Tennessee. During her time at the convention, she made several contacts, one of which happened to be from WAY-FM.
She started out as a producer for the radio station, but shortly after, a position opened for the morning show. She finds topics to talk about, edits audio, manages the Facebook and Twitter pages and writes blogs for the radio station.
“I love hearing from my listeners and learning about what’s going on in their lives,” she said. “I have the best job ever. I’m very lucky to be doing what I wanted to do.”
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