CAREERS: My Big Break

As director of college communications at Malone College in Ohio, I

am always looking for ways to build relationships with our local and

regional media. So I was delighted when a popular radio station in town

began having guest co-hosts on Fridays. Anyone willing to rise early

enough could have the microphone for several hours and shamelessly plug


It was October 20 - my wedding anniversary - so besides using the

airwaves to promote upcoming Malone events, I was able to wish my

husband a happy 20th anniversary on the air. I was invited back in

January. The day was typical of Ohio winters. The kind of "snow day"

morning for which children and teachers pray. I have to admit that I got

a vicarious thrill out of announcing that long list of school closings.

But the icing on the cake came after we signed off. The program director

invited me to be a permanent fixture!

After assuring that the partnership would not hinder the college's

relationships with other radio stations, I became the official co-host

of The Morning Show on 95.9 WNPQ-FM and am living every PR exec's dream

of having a microphone for two to three hours every day!

- Suzie Thomas is the director of college communications at Malone

College in Canton, OH.

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