Archive: Feb 2017

  1. Halfway Check-Up with Christa!

    Hey HAPPI fans! Today marks the halfway point of my internship and I can’t believe how fast time is going by! Last week we worked more with the spots and voice tracking. I genuinely have so much fun learning the voice tracking process and I feel myself growing more comfortable with it every week. Ryan and I also worked on selecting and editing comedy clips for the on-air comedy segments. I went through a bunch of videos and selected portions I thought were funny and then Ryan showed me how to edit and properly save them. This process was fairly easy because it is very similar to editing the spots which I’ve been doing almost every week. In the coming weeks, Ryan and I plan on diving a little more into the social media aspect of radio and I will be posting some content onto our pages. I’ve taken a few social media courses in school so I am really looking forward to being able to put some of my skills to use.

    On an un-HAPPI related note, this past weekend I went to see Ariana Grande live in Cleveland. She is my absolute favorite person on the planet and I was looking forward to this concert for months. She put on a phenomenal show and I had a great time with my bestfriend who visited from Chicago. I got some great pictures and you can check them out below! Until next time!




    Ariana Grande live in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena

  2. Another Fantastic Week as a HAPPI Intern

    Hi There!


    Your HAPPI intern, Mark, coming back from another fantastic week.


    This week, I got to go to the Humane Society with Ryan and Shari in order to promote their loving animals. We did a promotion of a loving pup named Alvin. We got some video of Alvin playing while Shari did a voice-over. Alvin is very energetic, playful, camera-friendly, and just an overall good dog. He gave us no problems while we were there and he was such a treat to be with.


    Later in the day, Ryan tracked his weekend show while I observed. While we had some extra time, he had me do some practice voice tracks in order for me to prepare for my radio show, in the coming week. He gave me some constructive advice about back-selling, as well as talking as if somebody was there.


    I also got to start my radio show at Behrend, this week. Tune in every Monday at Noon and listen to the Vinyl Version to BVZRadio. I was able to go through Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of Moon, but the album was a little short, so my show ran about ten minutes short. Next week, I will pay more attention to the time of the album I choose. I plan to be doing a Rush album next week. Hope to see you there!


    Your HAPPI intern,

    Mark Makowski


    Alvin, from the Erie Humane Society

  3. Catching up with Christa

    Hey guys! I hope everyone is having a great week and has gotten a chance to enjoy this beautiful Erie weather we’ve been having. I started last week off by adding spots into the rotator. This is becoming a routine job of mine and I feel more confident doing it on my own the more I practice. Then, Sam gave me a brief rundown of how traffic works. This involves creating a schedule for when commercials should play and double checking to make sure that all commercials air when they are supposed to. Sam gave me a lot of great tips about how commercials should be arranged and how stop sets should be formatted. I look forward to learning more about traffic from her! Finally, I wrapped up the day by shadowing Ryan during voice tracking and he let me practice some tracking myself again. Ryan has helped steer me in the right direction and has given me a lot of helpful pointers about developing your presence on-air. I’m really enjoying this aspect of radio so far, and I feel myself becoming more natural each time I try. I hope to continue practicing, learning, and growing on-air.

    I also attended an event with HAPPI at Tinseltown movie theater for their Spring Special. We played music outside, greeted guests, and passed out stickers as visitors walked into the building. Inside, we had a table set up with an enter-to-win box as well as our selfie booth which guests had fun using and enjoyed taking pictures with their families. All together it was a fun event and I am enjoying being out in the community and interacting with our HAPPI listeners.




    enjoying the beautiful weather by the bay this weekend!

  4. Happy Valentine’s Day HAPPI listeners! Last week I started off by adding commercials or “spots” into the rotator. Then Ryan showed me how the voice tracking process works. He even let me try my own voice tracking as if I were on-air. This was probably my favorite thing I’ve done since I started my internship. It was so much fun to be able to get a little taste of what it’s like to have my own radio show. Also, it’s great practice to record your voice and be able to listen back to it to hear where you need to improve. I found out that it’s actually much harder than it appears. I definitely messed up a few times and Ryan and I had a good laugh about that, but it’s all a part of the learning process. Shari, Sam, Tom, Ryan, and everyone else at the station make it seem so easy and natural but in reality it takes a lot of practice to master talking on-air especially on a live show. I really hope to be able to continue practicing my on-air presence and possibly someday have my own show.

    Other than that, things have been going well at school. I attended an ACPC event that helped students prepare for the upcoming career fair. They gave tips about what to do before, during, and after the career fair and I gained a lot of useful advice from the presentation. I feel much more confident going into the career fair this March and look forward to talking to potential employers after graduation.

    I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day and I hope you all get to spend some time with loved ones. Remember to spread a little extra love and HAPPIness today:) 



    Good Morning and Happy Vday from Frieda!

  5. Intern Mark Update!

    Hi there!

    This week has been quite eventful for me.

    In terms of HAPPI, I get to spend some time with Ryan and to help him with his weekend show. He does prerecorded voice tracks for the night show, and I helped decide his content. At one point, he had me help pick an article or two to talk about. He talked an article I found on about robotic surgeries happening in local Erie hospitals. That’s pretty crazy.


    After the voice tracks were done, Ryan and I produced the weather. The weather report is sent to use from a local news network and we cut it down in order to fit it into our schedule. After, we add some edits to make it sound pretty, and some sound/background music to make all of our weather reports have a standard sound.


    In terms of school, I had to make two promos for my radio show. I had to make both a 15 second and 30 second promo for BVZ. I was also initially planning to have my first show this week, but due to a flub-up in the DJ program we use, I was unable to this week. Next week, on Monday, I will be talking about Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. It should be a great time.


    Just another eventful week in the life as a HAPPI intern.


    Mark Makowski


    Thirty Second Promo

  6. One Month Internship Update!

    Hey HAPPI fans! It’s been a crazy week here at the station and I’m really excited to update you all about what we’ve been doing. Last Tuesday I worked with Judy on a contest recap. A recap is basically a summary of a completed contest that allows us to learn more about our listeners so that we can tailor our broadcasts/events to their interests. I also got to put together the overnight weather report all on my own which was a lot of fun. I’m really enjoying doing little editing projects like that and hope to explore more production projects. Later in the week we set up for the auto show which included setting up tables, the tent, and the TV as well as the giveaway items. Then Ryan and I drove the HAPPI truck to deliver the ‘Feed Your Face’ contest winners their free Tim Horton’s lunch at work. This was a great experience and it was awesome to see their faces when we delivered their lunches and know we brought a little extra HAPPIness to their day.

    I was also given the opportunity to attend both a BayHawks game at the Erie Insurance Arena as well as the Auto Show at the Bayfront Convention Center. Ryan and I passed out stickers and Frisbees, ran a few enter-to-win contests, and talked with people as they passed by. It was wonderful to get to interact with Erie’s community and to have face-to-face conversations with our listeners. I had a lot of fun at these events, and I hope to get the chance to attend more in the future. As my first month at HAPPI 92.7 comes to an end, I can say that I’m truly loving this internship and can’t wait for what’s to come!



    enjoying a beautiful Erie sunset on my drive home 🙂

  7. Intern Mark Updates!

    Hey everyone!

    The last week has been eventful. In terms of school, I am still taking the radio practicum class at Penn State Behrend. I will be live on BVZ radio on Mondays at noon! You can listen to all the classical hits, that were also produced on vinyl, on my show, The Vinyl Version.

    For an assignment, I had to make a poster for my show that is displayed in the humanities’ building. I also will be playing those posters around campus in order to promote my show.

    This week I also got to spend time taking pictures of the HAPPI tent. I was also given the job of making sure that our display tables are looking exceptional. It is definitely important to make sure that everything is clean for our events. I finished cleaning the tabled and I felt pretty satisfied after, oddly enough.


    This week seemed to go pretty well.


    Thank you,

    Mark Makowski




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