Before I go off blogging to my little heart’s content, perhaps I should introduce myself to those of you who may not know who I am. My name is Jessica Morris and I am the Office Manager of WSMC, but don’t let the mere secretary-sounding title fool you into thinking I just answer phones and open mail.
WSMC is a huge operation, we broadcast at 100,000 watts which gives us quite a large umbrella of sound. We reach down to Atlanta, halfway to Nashville, to the outskirts of Knoxville and we’ve even got quite a few nice listeners in Murphy, NC (hey Jeff! Hope the taxi service is going well) and even further out to Hayesville, NC to one of our faithful listeners, Ben, who lives out there.
Are you somewhere on the outskirts of our signal listening to us? Maybe you listen to us online from another state? Think you’re listening to us from the most unique location? I’d love to know who you are and where you’re listening from.
Having mentioned the strength of our broadcast signal and the fact that we offer live or streamed programming every day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it may be surprising for you to learn that WSMC only employs 3 full-time staff. WSMC also employs 11 students currently attending Southern Adventist University. Eight students are announcers you hear on air throughout the day and three students work behind the scenes recording, editing, and creating local programs.
My job responsibilities have grown and evolved over time into the somewhat unwieldy job description I hold today. I’ve done anything from designing magazine ads for WSMC, writing and editing letters to our donors, keeping the web site current, supervising and training the student staff, processing member contributions, creating public service announcements for air, monitoring air quality, ensuring proper programs are downloaded and available, and basically whatever else that needs to get done.
I love working at WSMC. If you’ve read my bio on our website, you’d know that I’ve worked here since 2002. I worked as a student announcer during my entire time at Southern and when I graduated in 2007 I gladly accepted the office manager position. However, I’m sad to say it, but I will be leaving WSMC within the next few months to pursue a career in secondary education in the fine, non-humid state of Colorado.
Here’s to WSMC and nearly a decade of fantastic employment!