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My Experience

December 12, 2011

December 12

I think most of you can tell by now that I’ve had a great experience interning with WBRE’s PA Live! three times a week. I learned a lot that will help me in my future career.

When I tell people what show I intern with, they want to know what it is like to work with Dave and Monica. First of all, Dave and Monica are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. What you see on the camera is not fake. They are great people with awesome personalities. From day one, they were so supportive of me. They allowed me to try new things and always took my opinions seriously. It was such a pleasure working with both of them. I am so thankful for all the plugs they gave me throughout the weeks. When I was outside helping fry the turkey Dave said on air, “Dom definitely deserves a job here once his internship is over.” Stuff like that really means the world to me. I will miss them both a lot, but I know I’ll still see them.

I hope that I made a difference in the experiences of our guests on the show. I really tried to make sure each and every one of them enjoyed their time at WBRE. When you walked into the doors of WBRE, I was usually there to greet you and ask how your day was going. I would talk to guests about the show and just general topics. Whatever they needed throughout the show, whether it was water or coffee, I got for them. Between myself and Maureen, we escorted all the guests out of the studio. It is very hard coming into a place you’ve never been before so I tried to make all the guests feel welcomed and like they were right at home. I feel like I succeeded in this area, and hope our guests left the studio wanting to come back.

I really enjoyed getting to know the employees of WBRE. Since I spent at least ten or more hours a week in the newsroom, I was able to get to know so many people. Everyone was very nice to me and they treated me as if I were a member of their staff.

I will miss this internship a great deal for many reasons. However, I will always remember the great times I had there over the eleven weeks. I will always remember all of our wonderful guests, the employees of WBRE, and of course Dave and Monica.

My Last Tuesday

December 10, 2011

December 6

I didn’t even make it to the studio for my last Tuesday at PA Live! today. I caught the “bug” that has been going around for a while. I was disappointed I couldn’t be at the show today because I got someone very special to come on the show.

We refer to each other as cousins, even though we technically aren’t even related. Her name is Alyssa Golden and she made a Christmas CD this year with Dave Baloga to benefit Saint Jude’s Parish in Mountaintop and KISS Theatre Company. I haven’t seen Alyssa in a while so I was really excited to see her today. Unfortunately because of my illness, I didn’t make it out of bed. However, I did watch the show and she did an excellent job. Alyssa and Dave sang “The Prayer” in the first segment. They both sounded absolutely stunning. I had chills when Alyssa was singing. She has such a beautiful voice. I could tell that Dave and Monica were really impressed.

In the second half of the show, Alyssa sang “A Baby Changes Everything.” This was also amazing. Monica said at the end of the segment, “She’s definitely coming back.” Alyssa is only 15 and a freshman at Crestwood High School. She competed recently in a singing competition at a Catholic Youth Conference. Because of her singing abilities, she got a record deal! We are all very proud of Alyssa and wish her the best.

This was a show that I wish I was there, but at least I was able to watch it on television. I made sure to text Alyssa and her mom after the show to tell them what a great job she did.

To hear Alyssa sing, check out the PA Live! website,