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Thanks to the Virginia Association of Broadcasters' summer internship program, an Old Dominion University communication major believes she has found her calling in a Virginia Beach country music station's call letters - WGH-FM 97.3, Eagle Radio.

"I've never wanted to be stuck behind a desk in an office," said Jillian Pidgeon, a senior from Norfolk. "I love talking to people. My other thing is helping with different charities, especially children. I could never see how I was going to find a career that let me do those things. Here it is. I am so happy. This is where I belong."

Pidgeon is one of 32 students from the state's colleges and universities who were selected for internships by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters. This is the first time WGH has taken part in the program, according to program director and station manager John Shomby.

"Even though the interns were selected based on meeting Virginia Association of Broadcasters criteria, we still held interviews to make sure they were a good fit, and Jillian was just perfect," Shomby said. "We really couldn't be happier. In fact, Jillian has picked up on some things that people I've hired haven't even managed to catch on to!"

Pidgeon is on the air with Jimmy Ray and Jennifer Lewis from 5:30-10 a.m. weekday mornings, helping play country music and read the news, and holding her own in the on-air banter with the two co-hosts. She also assists in running on-air contests like One on One and Gimme 5 as part of her paid internship position.

"I never thought I'd get up that early for anything," Pidgeon said. "I always listened to Jimmy Ray every morning, so when they asked me what I wanted to do, the time of day didn't really matter as long as I got to work with Jimmy and Jennifer. It's worth it."

This article was posted on: June 21, 2006

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