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Career Connections: Radio Host

7 minutes

(Describer) Beside four different-size different color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections. Surrounded by different color stripes, title: Fine Arts. Under a line graph, title: Financial Literacy. Under a world map with dots in various locations, title: World Languages. Title: Radio Host and Producer. A line moves and becomes waves as a person talks.

(man) There are many ways to tell a story. You can begin with a scene-- "A man is sitting in a room."

(Describer) In an animation, the line forms a man sitting.

That's not very active. But you can say, "A bespectacled journalist is sitting in his blue jacket in a radio studio."

(Describer) That’s shown.

With radio, you can mix in sounds. Maybe there's a sound of music playing in the distance.

(Describer) Audio waves appear behind him.

[orchestra plays classical]

Maybe someone's listening to the radio.

[radio tuning]

Or somebody's humming a tune.

[woman humming]

Or somebody's shouting something.

(cowboy) Hoo-yah!

(man) All of these add to the scene. And the way that we weave those things together, hopefully, helps people paint a more clear portrait in their head.

(Describer) In live-action, a man presses a button in a studio.

We're coming to 6 o'clock on 90.3. There's more All Things Considered to come.

(man narrating) I'm Tony Ganzer, afternoon host and digital producer at ideastream. Every day beginning at about 3 o'clock, I host The World and All Things Considered on WCPN 90.3. Next, a story about German chancellor Angela Merkel

(Describer) Title: Fine Arts – Writing and producing radio stories is, in part a creative process that requires an artist’s touch.

heading to China.

(Ganzer) In the rest of the day, I'm producing packages, writing newscasts, looking up stories, doing research-- all the fun things reporters do.

(Describer) He works outside the studio.

A lot of a journalist's day is spent reading. So, it's just constant research. If I don't know about an issue, I have to read until I do know about that issue. Reporters have to be careful. You develop a hypothesis. You say, "I think I know what the story is here." And I ask questions based on my hypothesis, and maybe he'll say, "You've got it wrong. Reality is this way." In which case, I haven't lost anything. My story's going to be more accurate, and hopefully more interesting, because I'm getting the real stuff. When we get there, we'll interview this vice president and then take a tour around his facility, and I'll record him all the while. Maybe he'll repeat things that he said earlier, but in radio, it's always better to have more content that you can sift through later. I have always been very curious. Even from being a little kid. And growing up, I never lost that curiosity. It just blossomed from there into college. My undergrad major was journalism and mass communication, and my minor was writing. So, I wanted to get down the basics of how to write a clear and concise sentence. After college, I got a job in Phoenix. I was a morning producer for the major NPR station there. I got involved in the German-speaking community. There was a pretty big German-speaking community in Arizona.

(Describer) From the story “Constellation Road”:

[woman speaking German]

(Ganzer reporting) Sylvia Bann says she and her traveling companion wanted no comfort in their vacation and wanted to experience the life of real cowboys.

(Ganzer) Knowing some German was a cultural bridge for me. Suddenly, I was accepted at more of their events, and I could say Guten Tag and little phrases that you might recognize. And just that little step helped me be part of their community. From there, I got a job in Switzerland

(Describer) Title: World Languages: Tony’s knowledge of German opened doors for him as a reporter and allowed him to further his career abroad.

because I was now fluent in German and had studied a bit of French. In Switzerland, those are two of its four official languages. I became a correspondent based in Zurich.

(Describer) In the story “An American at Karneval – Cologne, Germany”, subtitles: “I have never seen that before. And many costumes: I saw bears, and lions...and Super Mario Brothers. I thought that was awesome!”

[crowd singing in German]

[Ganzer speaking German]

(Describer) Back in the studio...

In six minutes, we'll have the weekly political roundup, June jobs numbers, and immigrations protests.

(Ganzer) When you're a journalist, even a general assignment journalist, you will come across financial issues, because it's part of society. It makes news. What affects people's money? When I was in Switzerland, I was particularly close to financial issues because Switzerland is a financial powerhouse in the center of Europe.

(Describer) Title: Finance – Knowledge of finance is key to reporting on stories that interest listeners.

I talked to many important people about Swiss banks. I'd report on taxes and tax evasion because it's part of life over there. I'm fortunate now, because now I better understand some things going on in the States.

(Describer) In a factory as plants go by on a conveyor, Tony records a man speaking to him.

To be a good journalist, someone needs to be a good listener. You need to listen to all sides and be able to process that information in a way that everyone else can understand. Sometimes you'll meet someone who has a very specialized job, or a professor who's been studying just one thing for 20 years. I get to sit there with them and share that passion and then share that with everyone else. ...on 90.3, I'm Tony Ganzer. We're coming to about 6 o'clock. Thanks for listening.

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(Describer) Titles: For more information, visit OhioMeansJobs.com WVIZ Ideastream, Copyright 2014. Funding to purchase and make this educational program accessible was provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact the Department of Education by telephone at 1-800-USA-LEARN, or online at www.ed.gov.

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Tony Ganzer works as a host and producer for WCPN, Cleveland's popular NPR affiliate. Throughout his career in radio, he has covered everything from tourism in Arizona to banks in Switzerland and revolution in Egypt. Viewers learn why journalists must often delve into the complicated stories around the world. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

Media Details

Runtime: 7 minutes

Career Connections
Episode 1
5 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
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Episode 2
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Episode 3
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Episode 4
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Episode 5
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Episode 6
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Episode 7
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Episode 8
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Episode 9
6 minutes
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Episode 10
6 minutes
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