It’s the middle of my first day interning here at MediaTracks Communications and I have already been ambushed with a frenzy of knowledge and tips about my home for the summer. As I take the time to process all that I am learning, I figured introductions should be made. My name is John West and I am a recent graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in marketing. I have enjoyed my time at Iowa, being involved with a lot of different activities ranging from the Men’s Rowing Team to most recently being a member of the student radio staff at KRUI. My work at KRUI has propelled me to work for MediaTracks where I hope to gain even more skills for a career in some aspect of radio down the line.
At KRUI, I was on both the sports and marketing staffs. On the marketing staff, I helped promote concerts and events sponsored by KRUI which featured Mission Creek Festival, a week long music festival in Iowa City. On the sports staff, I was an on-air personality for our NBA show as well as a show called Sports Squawk, which is a show similar to ESPN’s Around the Horn. As a part of the sports staff, I also wrote monthly articles about a sports topic of my choice, which usually meant it was something basketball related. I follow the NBA the most, with my team being the Bulls, but I’m also a fan of all the other Chicago sports teams, including the Bears and Blackhawks.
In my free time, I really enjoy being outside and hanging out with my friends, which usually means frisbee golfing or playing pick-up basketball. I also like watching movies and listening to music. I watch comedies most of the time, especially if there is a stand-up comedian that I enjoy in the film. I listen to all types of music, but I especially like alternative music. Bands I have been listening to lately are Young the Giant and Of Monsters and Men. When I have the time, I also like reading. A book that I read recently is The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons which is about the history of basketball and full of hilarious commentary. I hope this gives you a good look at what I’m all about, and I should probably get back to work. Have a great summer!