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CAS Alumni Profiles: Joe Sonheim ('11)


By Jon Tilton, Communication department intern

Calvin senior Joe Sonheim recently interned for Vocalo, a radio station in Chicago that Sonheim describes as the “younger, upbeat sister station to Chicago Public Radio's WBEZ station.”   The Morning AMp, the show Sonheim worked for, features an exploration of interesting issues with intelligent and often humorous dialogue from hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon.

Sonheim calls his duties “dynamic and exciting,” involving a variety of tasks, from live audio mixing to scheduling guests.  His favorite part of the position, however, is working on the field.  “As I explore Chicago, I always keep a notebook in one hand and a microphone in the other,” says Sonheim, “There are thousands of stories to tell, and all it takes is the open eyes and ears to find them.”

The internship has helped Sonheim think about his future career more clearly. With a major like business communication, there are a lot of potential avenues to take after graduation, and an internship can help students get a better understanding of their unique callings. “After spending a semester producing a radio show, I now have some hot clues as to where I see myself working in five years.”