Nick Stone Having Fun on the Way Up

Oct 22, 2015

by Cary McMullen | Publications Editor

Like many students, Nick Stone ’15 found his internship was educational and gave him a lot of good career experience. As a bonus, he said, it also was a lot of fun.

“I realized I wanted to stay in radio. It’s such a fun environment,” he said.

Hall Communications, headquartered in Lakeland, owns 21 radio stations in five states. For the past six years, the company has taken in three interns each semester and put them to work in its promotions department. Stone’s internship included writing proposals for on-air contests, developing in-kind sponsorships with local businesses, working on live remote broadcasts to promote clients’ businesses, and using social media to promote Hall’s “Big 4” local stations and their events.

Stone, who majored in communication with a specialty in advertising and public relations, was looking for an internship that would allow him to pursue his interest in public speaking. The internship at Hall Communications more than fulfilled his expectations, since it allowed him to do occasional promotional speaking on the air.

“I was able to polish my skills in promotion and also my organizational skills. My supervisor was very good on multitasking,” he said.

FSC Advisory Trustee Nancy Cattarius ’69, general manager of Hall’s Big 4 stations, said the internship program has been good both for the students and the company.

“These interns are extremely helpful and provide great manpower for us. They’re also great fun to have around,” she said.

Stone’s desire for a career in radio was realized. Hall Communications offered him a full-time position as a marketing consultant after he graduated.

“Nick had the right qualifications and the right personality for the job,” Cattarius said. “I have high hopes for him.”