Archive: Jan 2017

  1. A HAPPI Intern Update

    Hey HAPPI listeners! Last week I shadowed Shari and Sam during their early morning show. I had a ton of fun and loved getting to experience the show first-hand. It was great to see how they interacted with each other and how their chemistry and personalities brought the show to life. I learned how they plan for their shows which includes preparing talking points, gathering news, and setting up contests. I also got to witness how they take calls and interact with their listeners. From shadowing just one show I’ve learned that everything with radio happens very quickly and you need to be alert and prepared for anything that may come your way. Things don’t always go as planned and sometimes you just need to roll with the punches. Waking up at 5 am was a struggle, but the time flew by and I learned a lot!

    Classes at Behrend are going well and I’m learning more skills that are helping me with my internship. We are doing a lot of graphic design which could prove to be beneficial for HAPPI’s website and social media. I am also developing my news writing skills and hope to start writing more blogs and press releases for HAPPI soon. Catch up with me next week and see what I’m up to at HAPPI 92.7!



    a snowy view of Behrend’s Smith Chapel where I work.

  2. A HAPPI Week as an Intern

    Hi there!

    Mark, one of the new interns from HAPPI 92.7, here. This last week has been an experience for me, both at HAPPI as well as for my own educational career.

    Last week, I got to spend some time with Shari and her feline friend, named Leo at the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania. We recorded her and Leo for a short video in order to promote adoption, and to show how ideal it would be to adopt Leo as a cat. Coincidentally, I have a cat named Leo, whom is also the same breed.

    After that, I got the opportunity  to go to Hallman Hyundai in order to set up and learn to use the HAPPI 92.7 Super Selfie Booth. Ryan Maloney taught the employees, as well as myself, how to setup the booth, use it properly, troubleshoot if an event occurs, replace cartridges, change picture backgrounds, and how to share their photos to Facebook or Twitter.

    As for education, I started to the radio practicum that Penn State Behrend offers, called BVZ. We first started by picking our shows, and how that would be planned. I picked a show loosely based on classic rock albums that have been printed on vinyl. I called it “The Vinyl Version”. As of writing this, I have not progressed further than that on my show. We are to receive our show times this week.

    Thank you,

    Mark A. Makowski


    My cat, Leo

  3. Catching up with Christa

    Stanley Cup banners at the iconic Joe Louis Arena in Detroit during a Red Wings game this weekend!

    Happi Tuesday folks! As I begin my third week at HAPPI 92.7 I’d like to share a little bit of what I’m learning with you all. Everyone at the station is super friendly and I’m feeling very welcomed. Ryan has done a great job taking me under his wing and teaching me everything he knows about radio. Last week we worked a bit with production and editing of weather reports and commercials. I got to shadow Sam and Ryan while they recorded a short commercial for a local business which I enjoyed a lot. Then we went back and did some editing to the commercial which included cutting, adjusting volumes, and adding music. Then Ryan showed me how to add these commercials into the rotator so that they play during the correct times/dates on air. We did this same thing with the weather reports as well as commercials sent into us by other agencies. I’ve learned that I actually really enjoy the production aspect of radio more than I thought I would, and working with Ryan on the different on-air pieces has sparked my interest in production and editing. Tom Scott has also been wonderful in showing me the ropes. He’s explained how playlists are made, how songs are chosen, and how they are added into the rotator. He also briefly showed me how they create sweepers and promos as well as some of the software they use. I’ve been loving my experience with HAPPI so far and I can’t wait to see what I learn next!



  4. HAPPI Welcomes Mark!


    My name is Mark Makowski.Right now I am a Junior Digit major at Penn State Behrend.

    I grew up initially in New Kensington, Pennsylvania and went to Burrell High School, which is located thirty miles northeast of Pittsburgh.  

    There are a few hobbies that I do outside of Happi. Currently,  I hold the Public Relations chair for both Interfraternity Council of Penn State Behrend and Triangle Fraternity PSB Chapter, Achieved the rank of Eagle scout at the age of seventeen, am a certified scuba diver, and I am a consultation agent with the Geek Squad at Best Buy during my other free time.
    As for my photograph, it was quite fun to take. I took a photography class though Penn State  last semester. I also have produced  light paintings and photo books before. What I attempt to do is for my last photo in the book to be me signing my name. This was the photo from my last book. Photography and music are huge passions of mine.

  5. HAPPI Welcomes Christa!!

    Hey Happi fans! My name is Christa and I’m the new intern at Happi 92.7. I am currently finishing my last semester at Penn State Behrend and will be graduating in May with a degree in Communications. I am very interested in social media as well as promotions and have some experience with journalism and media writing. I am also a member of a local Erie band called The Romantic Era. We are an 8-piece pop-EDM group and love rocking out and sharing our music with the community. Music is my number one passion and that is what has really driven me to want to work in radio.  Between school, work, and the band, I have very little free time but when I do have a moment to myself I enjoy playing guitar and spending time with family and friends. Other things that make me HAPPI are: puppies, yoga, tea, beaches, binge watching Netflix, mystery novels, sunsets and tacos. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Happi 92.7, interacting with the community, and learning about a career in radio.




    View of Lake Erie from my house 🙂

  6. Chainsmokers drop new song “Paris”


    Pic via Chainsmokers FB

    The Chainsmokers add “Paris” to their library dropping the new tune today. It’s catchy and for the first time in a while does not feature a female lead singer, with the guys handling the song themselves. In the past they have worked with Daya & Halsey.
    Hear “Paris from the Chainsmokers on HAPPI 92.7, or you can check out the song right now HERE from

  7. HAPPI Story Alert - Corina and her doll.

    Corina with her doll. – photo via Caters News.

     HAPPI Story Alert: When Kirsten & Kent Murdoch adopted Corina, they noticed she was becoming self-conscious of her facial birthmark, so they found a company that makes dolls that look like their owner.  Now the 6-year old is feeling better about herself. More from USA Today.


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