Broadcasting student tunes into opportunity to host Indie88 morning show

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Nick Pal fine-tunes his radio skills in the 'shark tank' at the Welland Campus, broadcasting for college station CRNC The Heat. Pal won a contest to appear on the Indie88 morning show November 15.

Nick Pal addresses the crowd at The FRAT Awards, NC’s annual award show for Film, Radio, Acting and Television students. He won an award for Best Radio Show in 2017.

When it comes to pursuing a career in radio, NC student Nick Pal is dialing it in.

The aspiring radio host – who is in his third year of the Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program – has won a contest to host Indie88’s Josie Dye Morning Show on Nov. 15 between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Pal spotted the opportunity in a tweet by radio host Josie Dye on Nov. 8. Dye’s tweet called for college Broadcasting students affected by the province-wide strike to send their demo reels to the station for a chance to be on the morning radio show. Pal jumped at the chance, submitted his demo and was among five winners who made the cut, among more than 300 student entries.

A tweet by Indie88 morning show host Josie Dye, captured the attention of NC student Nick Pal.

“To me, this means the world,” he said. “I feel it’s a huge step in the right direction for my career.”

Pal, who grew up in Stoney Creek, said he has always been interested in broadcasting and fascinated by the world of media. He recalled how he grew up watching the evening news while eating dinner with his family.

“I imagine most eight and nine year olds didn’t enjoy watching grown-up people in suits talk about the world and everything that was happening,” he said. “I found it entertaining.”

In high school, he was encouraged to consider broadcasting by his teachers who told him he had a good voice for radio. After exploring various college broadcasting programs, Pal selected NC, leading him to move to Welland to pursue his studies. Currently in his third year, he is majoring in Radio and TV presentation and loves the experience.

“Every time I’ve gone on air for a radio lab, I’ve done it with a smile. It’s never felt like work to me,” he said.

Landing the opportunity on Indie88, he said, was “100 per cent” due to the skills he has acquired in his program. He noted that he is grateful for his professors – particularly Peter ‘Dutch’ VandenBerg and Bruce Gilbert – who have helped prepare him for the future.

“I wouldn’t know how to write stories or talk on camera without always choking, or adding useless words like ‘um/uh’ etc. I wouldn’t know how to work the 300 knobs on a radio board or how to make my voice sound ‘more crisp’ if it wasn’t for my professors,” he said. “If I didn’t get any of these skills and one day, in the world of work, someone told me to ‘get a good medium shot but make sure it’s not too back lit because of the sun’ or ‘make sure you don’t spike your audio’ … I would probably freeze up.”

While Pal values his on-air experience at College radio station CRNC The Heat, he is looking forward to the opportunity to have his voice heard on Indie88.

“Indie88 has been a recent favourite station of mine to listen to, so getting the chance to go on air for that station is a dream come true,” he said. “This is an experience that I will never forget.

“I’m sure at some point, my housemates will get sick of me mentioning ‘that time I went on air in Toronto.’”

Tune into Indie88 to hear Nick Pal represent NC on Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Listen at 88.1 FM or click ‘listen live’ at indie88.com/

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