Byler reports that his internship experience was very exciting because it gave him firsthand experience with all that goes into the preparation for a new season for an NFL team. He went to the Titans' training camp, interviewed Titans players and coaches, and worked on a variety of types of news stories (radio, Web, print). "The best part," he says, "was the interaction with the players and getting to know them on a personal level."
When the summer internship ended, Byler and two other interns were asked to continue to work for the station during the season. Byler was elated. During the fall semester 2003 Byler worked fifteen hours a week at the station, but on game days he put in eight to ten hours working as a studio producer, assisting in the broadcasting of the game. Additionally, on Friday nights he helped broadcast local high school games on WGFX (104.5 the Zone); he went to the games and provided updates and highlights for the broadcast.
When the fall 2004 season began, Byler returned to for Titans Radio. This year he is the studio producer and rotates in that position with seven interns.
When he is not in the studio, Byler has many other involvements. He is employed in Trevecca's Office of Sports Information, is completing his final year of college, writes a regular column in the student-produced newspaper at Trevecca, is the play-by-play voice during Trevecca basketball games, and is thinking about what he is going to do after graduation. With the "real world" experience that Byler has gained during his two seasons of work with Titans Radio and the expertise that he has gained from his wide-ranging involvements, securing a rewarding career in his field should not be difficult.
Byler is a mass communication major from Augusta, Georgia.
*Trevecca's Career Internship Program helps Trevecca juniors and seniors gain work experience with companies, professions, businesses that are related to the students' majors or career interests. Each year this program
helps students expand their classroom learning with "real world" experience.