College of the Desert opened up a whole new world to me. If it were not for College of The Desert and KCOD, I would not currently be the morning show host on MIX 100.5 or the production director for RR Broadcasting. I always secretly dreamed of being on the radio, but I didn’t know where to start. After working in retail for 13 years, I was abruptly laid off and found myself searching for a new and exciting career. I had always wanted to be on the radio, but didn’t think that there was path to a career in radio in the Coachella Valley; until I heard that College of the Desert had a radio station.
Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, I began my career at COD after graduating from Palm Desert High School in 2001. I was a full time student for 3 semesters, but couldn’t find a subject that I really connected with, so I began working full time. I would fit classes into my schedule where I could, but didn’t really know what I was working towards until I heard that College of the Desert had a radio station. As soon as I could, I signed up for “Writing for TV and Radio,” and “Intro to Radio,” which as it turns out, were two classes that would earn me enough credits to graduate.
One afternoon, in my “Writing for TV and Radio," class, Bradley Ryan, a local morning show host visited to talk about careers in radio. He left his card behind in case anyone was interested in an internship, and I jumped at the opportunity.
So, while honing my skills at KCOD and producing my show “The Alternative Stew,” which would end up winning an IBS award that year, I also began an internship at RR Broadcasting. Over the course of the next 4 months, I did everything from sales assistance, to production assistance, to promotions assistance. I learned a lot, and learned it fast. As my internship concluded, so did my career at COD. I graduated and began working at RR Broadcasting as a part time weekend DJ. Within a year, I was doing mid-days on MIX 100.5 and was promoted to production director. A little less than a year later, I was given the morning show on MIX 100.5
In under 3 years, I was able to go from unpaid intern to morning show host, and it would not have been possible without COD. Not only did their radio classes help me focus on the important skills that I would need to be successful, but having access to KCOD and being able to produce my own show gave me the confidence to sit in front of a microphone and open up to the world.
COD, its faculty and staff, especially Professors Gloria Rodriguez and Laurilie Jackson opened the door to a brand new career for me. I not only earned an Associates in Liberal Arts at College of The Desert, but I gained the skills and confidence needed to pursue a job in a very competitive industry.