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Alumna Makes it Big on Country Radio Stations in Nashville

Radio professional and SDSU Alumna Elaina Smith hosts multiple radio shows in Nashville

Alumna Makes it Big on Country Radio Stations in Nashville

By Sofia Bert

March 8, 2019

Imagine your voice being heard on over 150 radio stations around the country every night.

For San Diego State alumna Elaina Smith, that is a reality.

PSFA alumna Smith graduated from SDSU in 2012 with a degree in journalism/media studies. She now hosts a nightly country lifestyle and music show, a weekend lifestyle show, a podcast titled “Women Don’t Wanna Hear Women,” and is the voice of the Academy Country Music Awards.

While in college, Smith said that she worked for Entertainment Tonight and The Insider as a production assistant, traveling between Los Angeles and San Diego for classes. After two years of commuting back and forth, Smith said that she changed her job and worked at Jack FM on the show “Dave, Shelly and Chainsaw.”

“This is a testament to when you’re in college, don’t say no to any opportunities because you might find your passion somewhere unexpected, and you might not even know your passion exists yet,” said Smith.

Smith said she credits a lot of her success to the Journalism Media Studies program at SDSU, especially to professor and Director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies Noah Arceneaux.

“Everything that I learned [at SDSU] is completely applicable to what I do today,” said Smith. “I really got the tools needed to understand and be able to step up to the plate in what I was doing.”

Smith said that the resume building exercise in one of her classes with Arceneaux helped her in applying to her first job.

“That resume is what got me my first morning show, and I moved to Florida for my first job right out of college,” said Smith.

Smith said that her advice to college students is to get into the industry as soon as possible.

“I really strongly suggest get into the industry while in college. Get that foot in the door,” said Smith. “It’s cliche for a reason – it matters that you are head in the game.”

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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