Class of 2013
"I've always been interested in broadcasting," admits Christine Venuto, a junior liberal arts major," and I wanted an internship in that field to gain experience, to get my foot in the door." In January 2012, Christine hit the jackpot. She landed an internship at BEN-FM, one of Philadelphia's major radio stations.
She works behind the scenes, assisting Andrea Duffy, the production director for the station. According to Duffy, “Christine has been an amazing intern. I was surprised at the skills she already had before she started here; she was really able to hit the ground running.”
Venuto’s duties include dubbing and connecting MP3s of advertisements to Wide Orbit, the station's program scheduling system. She is also being mentored by Duffy on the procedure to create 10-second, 30-second and 60-second ads ordered by clients. Her spots haven't aired yet, but she's gaining confidence in her ability to produce broadcast-worthy, commercial radio. She also talks to winners of contests sponsored by BEN to collect the pertinent information that the station requires.
On campus, the South Philadelphia native sets aside her production expertise to work as on-air talent. She has her own show, "Gossip Girls," on Neumann Radio every Thursday from 6-7 p.m. She and three friends talk about celebrity gossip and discuss campus events with Venuto as the lead personality.
"I went to a large school in the city and transferred here after my sophomore year," she explains. "Neumann really is uniquely personal. I feel like I'm getting the help I need here."