By: Kelly DarcyJustin Hall is recognized as creating the first blog back in 1994. People started adapting to this concept, coined as a “web blog,” when video sharing platforms started to arise and created video blogging—vlogging. Audio blogging, or podcasting, has roots back in the 1980’s, but started around 2004 with the advances in iPods and broadcasting technologies. Around 2009 they really started gaining popularity and there are now over 115,000 English-language podcasts floating around.

I started my broadcasting hobby by being a guest on Joey Parks’ radio show, Let’s Talk. I did one episode and I was hooked. I loved the feel of getting my voice heard, the responses from live audience members, and even more the skills that come with learning how to have a radio show. I then created my own radio show called Loose Lips in early 2014, and it ran for three seasons. Being in the on campus radio club WCKS The Whale helped teach me some necessities for running a show like editing audio, how to record, etc. I then became an e-board member for PRSSA, and knew that adding a radio show was exactly what the chapter needed.

Fast-forward to August 2016 when Adrienne Wallace approached me and mentioned that there seemed to be no PRSSA chapters with podcasts. She knew my love of broadcasting and my ability to edit audio and host an audio show. I was nervous, but I missed my previous show and took on the new challenge of creating a podcast for our chapter for PRSSA.

This is how our PRSSA podcast PR Hangover was born. I am the sole host, but I am joined by many different types of guests; members, professionals, and professors. This is a student-run podcast made for anyone who is interested in PR topics, business advice, and just overall becoming more knowledgeable about something you may otherwise not know about.

That’s also why I think learning how to podcast and even being a guest on the podcast is so important. These are skills that can help differentiate you from your classmates. There’s no such thing as “too many skills,” and I think knowing editing and how to be a radio/podcast personality is important. Members have asked if they can learn how to edit a podcast, create a podcast, be a guest, and I think those are the members who are taking full advantage of what PRSSA has to offer.

If you would like to be part of a podcast, contact Kelly Darcy at Darcyk@mail.gvsu.edu

Kelly is a Senior studying Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Women Gender and Sexualities Studies. She is the Director of Social Media and host of PR Hangover— PRSSA’s podcast. Kelly is also the Student Project Manager overseeing a team of students working on a communications campaign for Amway. She loves to travel and try new foods and coffee shops around big cities. Find her on LinkedIn or on social media @KayDarcc