One of the most exciting parts of working in the media and entertainment field is the opportunity to travel. Most of the time I travel for work in television or photography which offers me a chance to see my destination through the lens: one of my favourite perspectives. Recently though, I had the chance to travel for work with the radio station. I set out for Nashville Tennessee (with a few “Friends in low places”) to cover the CMA Fan Fest and the CMT video awards.
For those of you poor souls unfamiliar with the wonderful world of country music, Nashville is the absolute mecca for boot stompin’, hat wearin’, line dancin’ country folk. Every June the Country Music Association throws the cities biggest party and it was my privilege to bring the latest updates from down south over the air waves to the listeners back home in Hamilton on KX94.7fm.
— Kat (@TVkatFM) June 6, 2013
The drive down south was an experience in itself and the bands…don’t even get me started! Gloriana, Craig Morgan, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Phil Vassar, Thomas Rhett, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tracey Lawrence, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, The Zac Brown Band, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jo Dee Messina, Randy Travis, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, Gary Allan, Colt Ford, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Gretchen Wilson, Lonestar, Ronnie Milsap, The Band Perry, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood just to name a few.
We saw it all: the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City Centre, CMA Parade, CMT awards, and the incredible Opry Land! On day three while “Walking in Memphis” we had lunch on the world famous Beale St and toured Graceland and the Gibson Guitar Factory. Through social media and a few 1 minute radio hits I attempted to give this story the justice it deserved. I was so thrilled with the overwhelming response from twitter followers, friends and listeners who were truly grateful for the updates from Music City.
I guess what I am trying to say in all this is that I feel incredibly grateful to have landed a career in the field of study that I went to school for. With so many graduates from other institutions ending up in unrelated fields, it feels pretty great to know that Mohawk prepared me for the working world by making me adaptable, professional and future ready.
– Kat Cullen
Broadcasting – Television & Communications Media, ’10
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