As much as I absolutely love writing features stories and designing newspaper pages, journalism is not my major.
I am a television production major through and through, so when the TV department had the opportunity to go and spend the day at CMT Monday, there was not a bone in my body that wasn’t tingling with excitement.
Although the 7 a.m. bus time was a little too early for my liking, I was more than willing to give up the extra few hours of sleep to spend the day touring CMT and being an audience member during their show tapings for the day.
We were able to see the crew film three episodes of “Hot 20 Countdown” and they had two celebrity guest hosts: Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett.
During Brett’s episode he had a mock audition for “The Bachelor” and ventured out into the crowd and handed roses to all the girls. When he got to me he got on one knee and pretended to propose to me. Let’s just say my heart might have stopped for about half a second.
It is always such a joy to see Cody Alan and Katie Cook, the hosts of the show. They were nothing but sweet and helpful the entire time and answered every question we threw at them. I learned so much in just one day.
I was so excited when I heard that Thomas was the other celebrity guest host. He was super funny and sweet. He is also exceptionally good at cornhole.
Thanks for all the Snapchat selfies, Thomas!
After the three tapings Cody took us on a tour of the radio studio and explained the difference between reporting for radio and reporting for television.
I would like to say a huge thank you to Tim Todd, dean of the Arther J. Bauernfeind College of Business, for giving us the opportunity to take the day trip to Nashville, Tenn., and have the time of our lives and experience our major in a real-life environment.
The episodes that were filmed will air on CMT for the next three Saturdays in a row, so be sure to tune in and look for your fellow Racers taking over CMT.
Column by Breanna Sill, Features Editor