Sunday, October 14, 2012

What inspired you to become a Radio Talk Show Host?

Hello ... It's me again here to discuss my pursuit towards my dream job in becoming a radio talk show host. Alot of people including teachers, my parents, friends, family, etc. have asked me why do I feel so compassionate about being a Radio Talk show host.

I can remember all the way back to Kindergarten where  we had a daily broadcast of news and events that happened around the community and in the school. Although I may not have understood everything  that they were saying I stared at the screen, straining my eyes trying my hardest to read their lips. For some reason the allure of being able to be on t.v. screens for everyone to see you and you have their undivided attention attracted me and a light bulb went off in my head.... "I want to do that" I exclaimed.

Within a few weeks I finally got my chance to be the center of attention, the one that everyone had their eye on... and trust me, I had alot to show. In the middle of the broadcast there was a segment for the Kindergartners to show off their dance "moves"  to song "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" by Mcfadden and Whitehead (Old School I know). I can remember vividly as I walked and stood right in front of the camera as I danced like it was the last time I was going to dance in my life. Looking back on it, to some it may have seemed like I was having a seizure.. haha... but I didn't care because it was exactly what I wanted... to be in the spotlight.

But that wasn't the last time that I would be in front of the camera.

In 8th grade I was part of the school broadcast team and although I can admit I may not have been the best reporter I can say that I gained a lot of experience of what it is like to work in front of the camera and behind the scenes. I learned that keeping your composure in front a camera knowing that 1,000 of your peers are watching your ever move can be a bit intimidating and to just stay focused on reading your script and being as calm as possible helps a lot. Behind the scenes I learned how crucial it is to set marks and cues for things such as switching the background or when to play a recording it, as every little detail and second counts in making a broadcast flow smoothly.

Occasionally I watch shows such as Montel

Now my desire to be in front of the camera has slowly faded.. haha... as I am more laid-back and reserved than I once was but being able to have my own radio show where I can talk about whatever I want and have deep, intellectual or even outrageous conversations is what has drawn me to become a Radio Talk Show Host.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment!

Mic Check 1-2, 1-2! Is This Thing On?
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*taps mic*  Hello! Is this thing on .... *clears throat* Okay there it is...

The Radio! Whether we are in our cars, at home cleaning up the house or even better singing while in the shower, the radio has played a major role in our lives in some shape, form or fashion. From the music to the talk shows to sports broadcast we all have a favorite station that we listen too but have you ever taken a moment and realized that the radio is much more than just the sounds of music and voices smothering our ears. The faces and people behind the scenes are  known as "disc- jockey" or even "host"  and help to make up a large percentage of what makes listening to the radio such an enjoyable and addicting experience.

Some of the top radio talk show hosts that you may or may not know of all got their start in the field somewhat at an early age.

Howard Stern

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One of the most controversial and well-known radio talk show host is none other than Howard Stern. Born in  Jackson Heights, New York, January 12, 1954 he graduate from Boston University with a degree in Communications according to He is known as the first official "Shock- Jock" and from his sarcastic and witty remarks no wonder many people, both fans and critics can't help but to to be drawn in to the antics of  talk show guru Howard Stern. He is said to be one of  the highest paid host in radio, signing a whooping $500 million 5- year  contract with SIRIUS satellite radio in 2005 according to and continues to make the big bucks as his show is still popular among listeners.

As I look into my future and the opportunities that I have right now in front of me I see many possibilities to becoming apart of the list of one of the many great talk show host of our time.

Hope to see you there! ;)

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Introduction: My Journey to Becoming a Radio Talk Show Host

Attention, Attention!

*clears throat* My name is Cameron Owens, currently a student (freshman) at the University of Kentucky majoring in Broadcast/Journalism in hopes of one day becoming a radio talk show host. I want to have a radio talk show that discusses a plethora of topics that can garner great conversations from the average everyday citizen and even the most influential figures of our time in hopes  of finding solutions to help solve some of the worlds problems that we face today.

I named my blog In The Zone because I wanted it to be a place that I could call my own in pursuit of my dream job of becoming a radio talk show host and also a place where I could discuss topics that are of interest to me and those who are around my age that feel as if their opinions are not heard. In this world we are constantly being bombarded with news that is not only bias, but spews negativity and hate among the people of the world today.

My hopes for this blog is to be able to take a look at different topics from all angles as I firmly believe that "all voices have the right to be heard" and there is no such thing as a "right" or "wrong" opinion and that it can conjure up great conversation and opinions from both  myself and my peers.

So strap up and join me in this this crazy roller coaster ride that we call... Life!

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