When I exited the elevator, I was greeted by a large set of glass doors. Intimidating. Beyond those doors, the lobby was dark, except for the glowing tank filled with colorful fish. Nikki Reed came prancing down the hallway, happy as a clam. She swung open the door and sang out a cheerful “Hello!”
I’d been communicating with Nikki over the past couple weeks to shadow her during the Smiley Morning Show. The day had finally come, and my nerves flew out the door when I was introduced to Smiley, Toni, and Will. A cup of champagne was handed to me, and a pair of headphones were ready for me to use.
I sat back and listened to the flow of the morning show as Toni gave her traffic report, and Smiley and Will made inappropriate comments. Nikki kept me informed on what she was doing to keep the show moving forward. Jokes were made and I was put on the air, able to have my voice heard by tens of thousands of people. I made lifelong connections after a simple two hour visit.
My biggest takeaway from sitting in on the Smiley Morning Show was that taking my job at the radio station too seriously is what’s hindering me from progressing in my career. My time at the University of Indianapolis is limited, so I am appreciative of these opportunities to learn life lessons, and improve my craft.