Radio Major Marisa Fotieo Spends Summer Interning in NYC
Radio Department Senior Marisa Fotieo is making the most of a tremendous opportunity as an intern for the "Ty Loves NY," Morning Show on 92.3 FM in NYC.
Hosted by Ty Bentli (Formerly of WKSC, 103.5 FM in Chicago), the show features the best in celebrity interviews, entertainment gossip, and provides a voice for New Yorkers. Originally from Michigan, Marisa approached the Radio Department in early February to seek advice on obtaining an internship out of state. After working out living arrangements with her family in NYC, it was time to find the right fit. Being a huge Top 40 music fan, and due to the fact that Ty had previously had several Columbia College radio students as interns during his time in Chicago, the department was able to secure an internship with Ty's show for Marisa.
For Marisa, making the move to NYC has been quite an experience. "I have grown so much as a person. I have learned to navigate the city, as well as learn so much about radio. Whether it's helping with show prep, attending events, screening callers or doing production work, every day has been a "hands-on" experience at this internship."
Marisa credits her radio courses for giving her a decided technical advantage at the internship. "They use much of the same software the Radio Department does and having both Radio Production I: Intro
and Radio Production II: Intermediate
, along with the WCRX-FM Practicum
, gave me the edge I needed from the moment I walked through the doors at 92.3 FM."
With the fall semester right around the corner, Marisa will be returning from NYC to continue her studies at Columbia with a renewed sense of confidence. As she relates, "Before going to New York I was not completely sure what to expect. This internship has really opened my eyes and made me realize how much I truly appreciate and enjoy radio. Not many people would be excited to wake up at 3:50 a.m., but for me, it was like second nature. The friendships I made, the opportunity to work with a talented morning show, and even the commute, made this a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget!"