Career Trip: CBS Radio
Employees and Marist alumni across departments network with Marist students
Marist students spoke with alumnus Brandon Tierney '96 in the studio as part of their tour of the Entercom facility.
For the second Career Trip of the Spring 2018 semester, the Marist College Center For Career Services took eight communications students to the Hudson Square area of Manhattan on Feb. 9 to meet alumni and other employees working at CBS Radio, now known as Entercom.
The afternoon included a musical performance by a platinum recording artist, studio tours on two floors, and meet and greet opportunities with leaders across the technical, news, sports, on-air, programming, and sales departments at the Entercom facility. Rich Nass ’92, director of automotive sales for Entercom New York, helped plan and organize the visit.
Some attendees began their trip earlier in the day when they were treated to a two-song stage show by Vance Joy in the building’s performance hall. Vance Joy also participated in a Q&A with the students following his performance.
From left, Associate Director for the Employer Experience Desmond Murray with Account Executive Kristin Conte '12, musical artisit Vance Joy, Alexandra Stephenson '19, and Salvatore Isola '18.
The first stop on the building tour was the control room, where students learned about technical operations of all CBS stations with Market Chief Engineer Jim McGivern. Next was the space for WCBS News Radio 880 AM, the flagship station of CBS Radio News. News and Program Director Tim Scheld showed students the behind the scenes coordination of a live broadcast.
One floor below the newsroom students also got to tour three studios of the world’s earliest 24/7 sports radio station: WFAN Sports Radio (660 AM, 101.9 FM). Vice President of Programming Mark Chernoff led a discussion on his career path in the radio industry and brought the group to the studios used for broadcasts of mainstay programs such as Boomer and Gio, The Afternoon Drive, and Tiki and Tierney.
During the final session of the afternoon, Nass and Account Executive Kristin Conte ’12 discussed students’ career plans with them over lunch. The pair of Marist alums also offered an overview of their roles and day to day tasks in the sales division for Entercom.