Today was a great day to be a journalism student at Temple University. I woke up and arrived to my Temple Update class to find out guest speaker and legendary ABC WPVI anchor Jim Gardner would be visiting. After my Temple Update class I arrived at my Broadcast Performance class to find out WHYY’s Dave Heller would be coming in to critique our classwork. One of the best things about attending Temple University is the location. Since Temple University is so centrally located in one of the 5th largest cities in America guest speakers and adjunct professors can take time out of their busy schedules to educate students.

Jim Gardner has been the head news anchor at channel 6 here in Philadelphia for over 30 years. I got a chance to ask Mr. Gardner about his early career in radio at WFAS Radio in White Plains, New York and he said his time in radio really served him well. Mr. Gardner also commented on the future of journalism and said there will always be one constant in the world and that constant is words. He encouraged everyone in the class to hone their writing skills and read everything we can get our hands on.

Dave Heller from WHYY provided awesome feedback to everyone in my class. In addition to critiquing work Mr. Heller spoke about his career and how he got his start in radio. He said his love for the airwaves began around age eight when he would listen to baseball game broadcasts under his pillow while he fell asleep. This was something I could relate to because I did the same thing when I was young. I would listen to sports game and sports talk radio 610 WIP every night throughout middle school and high school as I tried to fall asleep.


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