By Maria Isabel Parada
Published: October 25th, 2017
The students of Professor George Rodman’s “Introduction to Mass Media” class had the opportunity to meet Skeery Jones (aka Anthony Scire) and David Brody, executive producers and personalities of Z100’s “Elvis Duran and The Morning Show,” on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Both shared with the class their own different stories on how their careers in the radio industry began.
Like many students, Jones did not know what to do for his major when he first started Brooklyn College. He then joined Brooklyn College’s radio station, WBCR, and decided that he “wanted to make a career out of this,” he said.
Jones explained that his first job was at Z100 on Fridays from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
“I was young; I was doing the job that nobody really wanted to do,” he said.
He worked there for several years, while his friends were going out and partying, reassuring himself by saying, “I was getting the experience.”
Brody taught the class that, no matter what your age is, you can always do what you enjoy doing.
“I had a lot of jobs to pay my bills, but they weren’t who I was,” Brody said. “I enjoyed making people laugh.”
And at age 30, he looked for a job that would allow him to do just that. At Z100, “he created a job, [that] didn’t exist,” Jones said about Brody’s beginning at the radio station. Brody taught the class that you essentially get hired simply by being yourself.
“Learning from their journey of how doing what you love can get you so far was extremely inspiring,” said Aminah Usman, a student from the class.
When looking for the right career choice, the beginning is never easy. That’s the point that the students admired most about the discussion.
“During their journeys, they were willing to do what they love for free, and that is what highlights their true character and love for radio,” Usman said. “They talked about their journey, internships, and how important networking was. While [teaching] they also made me laugh. It was a great experience.”
Students were able to relate to them; student Cesar Hernandez said, “They started off at Brooklyn College, just like us.”
There are new ways to present radio in digital ways—through podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and the list keep growing—but as Brody said, “Radio is more than the latest song.”
You can check out their new podcast “The Brooklyn Boys Podcast,” and follow their page on Twitter at @BrooklynBoysWTF and their Instagram page @thebrooklynboys.