For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mariah Friberg. This summer I was given the opportunity to intern with Hubbard Radio here in the Brainerd Lakes Area. I honestly had no idea what I was getting into when I applied for this internship back in May, but this summer at the station has been one of the most fun experiences I’ve had! Between attending events like Lakes Jam and waking up at 5 am to shadow the morning show, it’s never been a dull moment.
When I first started, I remember Danny telling me that I would be doing “voice tracking” for The Loon. Thinking that meant that I would be live & on-air, I panicked. However, luckily for me, I was only halfway correct, as the voice tracking he was having me do was just practicing recording intros and outros for songs, as well as the position statements (ie. “107.5, The Powerloon”). I wouldn’t say I was great at it, but towards the end I definitely started having a lot of fun doing it.
However, what I had the most fun doing with this internship was attending events like Lakes Jam and Moondance. Even though I was technically “working” for these events, I was still able to have a ton of fun. One of my jobs for both events was throwing t-shirts off the stage, and even though I was nervous at first, it’s pretty fun getting a whole crowd of people excited for free t-shirts. I also was still able to see all the different bands that played, so I got to see some of my favorites like Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down.
Another great experience I had was helping out with Party on the Patio. I got to help set up, sign people up for giveaways, and help draw winners for all of the prizes we had to give away. I also got to hang out with Brian and Stella, which meant free cheese curds and learning about how the radio had to be set up in order to do remotes like Party on the Patio (I’m still not quite sure how it works but I kind of have an idea now).
Overall, this summer has been one to remember, and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by. Everyone here at Hubbard has made this internship a blast, and I’m sad to say that this is the end. Thank you to everyone who made this summer the best one yet.