Challenging environment with a great learning experience
Promotions Assistant (Former Employee) – Dallas, TX – January 29, 2015
I took this job when I graduated college. It was a good way to get my foot in the door as a new broadcasting graduate. Being a promotions assistant meant having both great communication skills, but also meant developing an eye for product placement and appearance. As a promotions assistant, I learned how to make a product look good. Even in the sweltering Texas heat, my co-workers and I essentially mastered the art of presentation, drawing people to our station and brand, and communicating with them effectively with an emphasis on fun. A typical day included appearing at a pre-organized location, setting up our stations tent, holding prize drawings, driving the station van, ensuring the client was happy, maintaining/repairing equipment, drafting schedules, updating events on station website, and organizing/holding meet and greets. The most enjoyable part of the job was just seeing people's reaction when they won prizes. A lot of these people didn't have much, and to them, even a lowly promo-tech was the equivalent of a radio station rock star. It felt good making their lives a little more fun.
The job was very demanding, and I would often work long hours with very little benefit/incentive to do so. I needed the experience, and was hoping that in time I would move up in the company. Towards the end of my time with KSCS/99.5 The Wolf, I started to doubt my choice of career, thus prompting me to return to school. I always wanted to study abroad, and having been accepted to school in Vancouver, British Columbia, it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.
Met many famous country artists, free concerts, met many talented radio voices
Low pay, long hours, little time off for family and personal life