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Meet Memorialís latest Gzowski intern

By Janet Harron

Samantha Smith has just returned from an intense week in Toronto immersing herself in radio broadcasting, but she’s still smiling. The 2009 Peter Gzowski intern and three other interns (from McGill, Trent and Simon Fraser universities) were privileged to work with long-time CBC producer Havoc Franklin while in Toronto.

“He was great and really friendly,” says Ms. Smith of the former Morningside producer, now national coordinator for the internship. “It was like hanging out with your dad or a cool uncle for a week.”

The Faculty of Arts student learned how to develop radio scripts, developed interviewing skills, and learned to edit audio clips while at the CBC headquarters. In addition the group of interns was given private tours of various studios and were able to meet with broadcasters such as Nick Purdin and Sook-Yin Lee from Definitely Not the Opera.

“The best thing about the experience was hearing first hand from people who were in our place just a few short years ago,” says Ms. Smith.

Now settled in full time at the St. John’s CBC studio on Prince Philip Parkway, Samantha Smith will be working on various local radio shows throughout the summer. It’s a complete about face from her first year at Memorial when she started out as a pharmacy student.

“My English professor (Dr. Danine Farquarson) left a note on one of my papers asking why I wasn’t doing an English degree,” she remembers. Ms. Smith then swifly moved into writing for the Muse and the Telegram, volunteering at Rogers, and reporting for, an amateur sports website.

A sports enthusiast (she plays hockey and soccer and runs regularly) Ms. Smith hopes ultimately to become a sports reporter on the cable program The Score.

She is “absolutely honoured and thrilled to have been chosen for this internship. The things that I have heard about Mr. Gzowski from his former colleagues and co-workers are nothing but interesting and pleasant. He was so well respected and unique, and really changed radio for the better. His approach and his talent made the world of radio a better place for all those within it. I hope to one day be known for my contributions as well. Hopefully, for me, this is my starting point!”