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I first caught the radio bug when my Cub Scout group toured WXAL-AM in Demopolis. We were able to see the control room and even record a short “shout-out” for one of the DJ’s. From that day, I was hooked. I worked weekends for WXAL/WZNJ during high school, for WFFX in Tuscaloosa when I attended UA in 1990, and for WOKK in Meridian, MS while in college at UWA (then Livingston University). After spending several years away from the radio business, I saw the opportunity to return to broadcasting in 2004, when I joined APR as All Things Considered host and Production Coordinator.
The primary job of the Operations staff is to maintain APR’s on-air, automation and production systems. The Operations Manager works with the engineering staff to ensure that audio equipment, computers, and transmission systems work together properly to keep the station on the air. I serve as chief operator for APR’s transmitters, monitoring their performance and notifying our engineers when repairs or maintenance are necessary. Emergency Alert System (EAS) tests and record keeping are also the responsibility of the Ops department. I also serve as traffic manager for the station, building and maintaining daily schedules for airing programs and underwriting announcements. Recording and producing underwriting and promotional announcements are also part of the job.