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How to Make a Professional First Impression

by Maddy Richards, who helps produce "The Matt Townsend Show" on BYU Radio

1. DRESS THE PART. If you’re going in for an interview, or on the first day of class, or a business dinner, DRESS THE PART. Especially the shoes. This includes clean fingernails, clean hair, etc.

2. Be polite to everyone, especially the secretary! They probably have a bigger say than you would imagine.


4. Smile a lot. This gives them the impression that you have a positive attitude.

5. Eye contact!

6. Put your phone away.

7. Make the first move and find a connection!

8. Come prepared with knowledge about the company and good questions to ask at the end of the interview.

9. DON’T SAY “UM,” “ER,” or “LIKE.”

10. Use correct grammar in speech and in writing.

11. Say “please,” “thank you,” etc. Also, know their name and repeat it!!!

12. Talk yourself up without being arrogant.

13. Convince yourself before you go into the interview that you are good enough, or you’ll never convince them.

All the Ways to Listen to BYU Radio

There’s a new way to listen to BYU Radio. In addition to streaming live on SiriusXM 143, our BYU Radio iOS app and listening live or on demand here at BYU Radio, WE’RE NOW PODCASTING!

You can pull our RSS feed straight from our website or you can subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes. Or search for your favorite BYU Radio shows inside your favorite podcasting app for your phone.

The following shows are available:

BYU Sports Nation

Highway 89 

The Morning Show 

The Matt Townsend Show

The Kim Power Stilson Show

Traveling with Eric Dowdle 

This’ll Take A While

Thinking Aloud

Eyres on the Road

Lives of Children, Badges and Beards, Flying Trapeze

How Important Is Imagination in the Lives of Children?, Badges and Beards, Flying Trapeze and Fight Disease

Here's what's coming up this week on the Kim Power Stilson Radio Show! (3pm Eastern/1pm Mountain)

Wed., July 16th – “Imagination in the Lives of Children”

How important is imagination in the lives of children? According to artist entrepreneur Chad Davis, and international author, Leslie Neilson, it is very important! They have joined forces to produce a children’s book titled IMAGINE DREAMS, IMAGINE MAGIC. I-MAGI-NATION, a book designed to empower children, and open up unlimited possibilities. Find out why they are so passionate about this book and this cause today. 

Thurs., July 17th - “Badges and Beards”

First, Father and Son, Jim and Jay Padar, talk about what it’s really like to be a police officer, and their latest book entitled On Being a Cop. Then facial air expert, Pogonologist Dr. Allan Peterkin, joins the show to talk about the history of facial hair! 

Fri., July 18th - “Flying Trapeze and Fight Disease”

First, a PHD in natural health talks about how she got into Flying Trapeze! Then, holistic health educator Helayne Waldman, talks about what people can do nutritionally to fight off cancer.


Missed a show? Click on “Shows” and scroll to the “Kim Power Stilson” show page.  

Chatting with HWY89 Recording Engineer: Mark Wait

Mark Wait is the audio engineer for our live music performance program, Highway 89; and the chief recording engineer for BYU Radio Services. He’s also the tech geek on our cubicle block, a lover of lime green (see the headphones in the photo below) and the best friend you can have in an airwave crisis.

One of Mark’s greatest talents is making audio jargon sound like sensible speech. In fact that’s why I asked Steven Kapp Perry to chat with him here—so that we could share Mark’s knowledge with those interested in radio and recordings and (for you rabid HWY89 fans) a bit of behind-the-scenes commentary on our studios and the show. 

Happy listening!

Jackie Tateishi, producer of “Highway 89,” on BYU Radio

PHOTOS:  1) Mark and Jackie   2) Mark with musicians from the Taiwan Folk Music Ensemble. This was the day he got to record lots of erhus, pipas and bird whistles. He records anywhere from 300 - 600 musicians a year for HWY89.


How sound works: Balancing reflectivity and absorption in studio construction

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Convolution reverb: "I can put you in the cockpit of a 747"

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No retakes: The LIVE nature of HWY89  (Warning: This audio includes NASCAR references)

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Hard-core tech talk: Mark lists the studio mics by name and how they are used on the show 

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2 microphones + 2 speakers + 2 ears = A perfect world  (Hey, a sound engineer can dream, can’t he?)

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Confessions of a recovering audiophile: "I'd rather have a car than an amplifier"

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Bonus material: A peek into the general plot of most of Mark's nightmares

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PHOTOS:  1) Germany 1993 - Mark sets mic to record an organ performance in a cathedral  2) BYU Broadcasting 2013 - Mark sets a guitar mic before a HWY89 taping

My Dad Is Better than a Sitcom Dad

by Maddy Richards, who helps produce “The Matt Townsend Show” on BYU Radio

Here are tweleve reasons why my dad is better than a sitcom or celebrity dad: 

1. He isn’t clueless! Most sitcom dads have no idea what is going on in their kids’ lives, and it’s horrible.

2. He actually disciplined me. None of this go to your room and come out five minutes later, and everything’s ok. 

3. He didn’t fight with my mom. Of course my parents fight just like normal people, but not to the degree we see in sitcoms these days.

4. He goes to work. I swear sitcom dads don’t actually do anything. It’s ridiculous.

5. He didn’t try to kill my boyfriends. He talked to me privately and so lovingly about how boys should treat me. It was wonderful!

6. He didn’t check out other women. Ever.

7. He didn’t have to be the funny one. He knew what lines to not cross, what was too mean to be funny, and never tried to hurt our family.

8. He didn’t name me something really dumb just because he could. He wanted to, but didn’t.

9. He respects me, enough to treat me like an adult. He has for as long as I can remember. He doesn’t bad-mouth our family in front of anyone, doesn’t complain about the things we’re doing that annoy him.

10. The house didn’t fall apart when he was in charge.

11. He made a great effort to make sure I felt loved.

12. He’s real. 

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