Photo courtesy Arnie Briggs
Steve Burns left WATD in January 2015.
I was the kid pulling out of my high school’s parking lot listening to news radio while all of my friends blasted Top 40. I grew up in central New Jersey, thus my station of choice was the legendary WCBS Newsradio 880, with its polished sound and authoritative but approachable personalities. I wanted to be one of those voices – reliable, personable, and most of all, trusted.
I arrived at Emerson College in Boston knowing exactly what I wanted to do – journalism – and where I wanted to go – the basement of the Ansin Building, to the newsroom of WERS, Emerson’s award-winning radio station. I started out my freshman year as a once-a-week reporter and ended it as an anchor on PM Drive. In the summer between my freshman and sophomore years, I knew I didn’t want the typical college student summer job. I cold-called a half dozen radio stations around my hometown and landed an internship anchoring Sunday mornings on WOBM-AM and FM, getting my first taste of a 3:30am alarm. My sophomore year at Emerson I worked as co-Producer of WERS’ news magazine program, You Are Here. That summer, I also had the incredible fortune to land an internship at WCBS 880, every day for three months stepping off the train and into the CBS Broadcast Center in awe of the fact that I’m working alongside the same voices I grew up listening to.
I landed my first professional job two weeks into my junior year at WCCM, covering the northeast corner of Massachusetts as PM Drive anchor. I moved from north of town to south of town before my senior year, first part-time at WATD during my final two semesters then moving to full-time after graduating from Emerson in May 2014. It’s a pleasure and an honor every day to tell the stories of the South Shore and beyond, from running newsroom operations late into Election Night, to the horrific Back Bay fire that was the final alarm for two firefighters, to guiding us through a bitter nor’easter as a foot and a half of snow was dropped on us two days into 2014.
When I’m not in the newsroom I’m probably watching baseball in the summer or wishing I were watching baseball in the winter (not the Red Sox, but not the Yankees either so we should be good).