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Matt Cole ’16 followed his passions to Columbus radio and a career

Matt Cole ’16 followed his passions to Columbus radio and a career


For most seniors, finding a job they’re passionate about is at the top of their priority list. But recent Otterbein graduate Matt Cole is exactly where he wants to be, thanks to the support of his university.

“I saw a promotions intern posting online for the Columbus station 99.7 FM WRKZ The Blitz last year and I was very interested in applying,” said Cole. “I had already completed my sophomore internship requirement for my major but was encouraged by my professors and advisers to go for it. They really wanted me to pursue my passions.”

Cole called the radio station and began discussing his experiences on Otterbein’s student run radio station 97.5 FM WOBN and past internship work in his hometown of Butler, PA. All this led to The Blitz deciding he was the perfect fit for an unadvertised position working with the popular morning show Loper and Randi in the Morning, beginning in January 2016. He’s been able to meet and work with celebrities like former Columbus Crew star Frankie Hejduk and comedian/actor/stuntman Steve-O.

“My primary focus is to screen calls before they go live on the air, but I’ve been able to expand my job duties the longer I’ve been there. I now regularly participate in on-air games, film for video blogs and handle social media posting. Their trust in me has grown and my education has been a major factor in that growth,” said Cole.

A journalism and media communication and public relations double major, Cole’s versatility has enabled him to really explore all the facets of radio. He hopes to extend his experience to become a full-time on-air personality once his time at The Blitz is over, but he’s been able to learn about the industry as a whole, from marketing to production to business relations.

“I’ve been able to see sides of the radio industry I never thought I would be able to. If it wasn’t for the Department of Communication and my professors pushing me to pursue my interests I wouldn’t be this comfortable thinking about my post-grad life,” said Cole. “They wanted to make sure anything I wanted to do could happen, no matter the level of work on their part.”

Now a full-fledged graduate of Otterbein, Cole will stay on with The Blitz through the end of the month to help with the Columbus outdoor music festival Rock on the Range, even though his internship officially ended May 1. They wanted to keep his talents available to help with the three-day event.

Cole is ready to take that first step into the professional world, he says, thanks largely to the experiences he’s been able to have through Otterbein.

“Without learning how to network and market myself from my communication classes, I wouldn’t have been able to get this internship or any of my other previous ones. Whenever my next opportunity presents itself I’ll have no hesitation in stepping into that role and making an immediate impact. That confidence came from my time at Otterbein.”

 

Learn more about Otterbein’s Department of Communication.

Discover what internship opportunities are available on the Cardinal Careers Internships/Jobs Board and the Center for Career and Professional Development.