“Mike Piazza Reporting for Howard 100 News.”

MikePIazzapicMike Piazza, a SUNY Purchase journalism major, proudly uttered those very words on the air when his radio story about shadowing a reporter on Howard 100 News was put on SiriusXM during one of their news flashes last year.

(In case you’re wondering, that’s Howard, as in, Howard Stern.)

Mike was recently back at the Howard 100 News offices with some of his intern pals and had this picture taken.

Mike made Howard 100 history, becoming the show’s first intern to name himself on air. Here’s the clip: Mike The Shadow Audio

Here’s Mike’s description of his experience interning there:

“Whenever I tell people I interned for the Howard Stern Show, I normally get the over-the-top and exaggerated jaw-dropped reactions. I mean, Howard IS the self-proclaimed King of all Media, and there’s definitely a lot of media buzz surrounding him. I’ll admit, I barely ever listened to Howard Stern before I arrived there, so if anything, I MAY have been the odd one out. It all came up last minute, too. Summer break just started, and my mom waltzed into my room and asked, “Do you want to work for Howard Stern?” I instantly thought, “That guy I talked about in my J1 class? This is a joke.” It turns out that my mom designed the house of Howard’s sister, and she got me in touch with Baba Booey, who connected to someone else, who connected me to someone else, etc., etc.

Unknown“The internship was actually different than I expected it to be; I only had to fetch coffee about six times, which is surprising on a whole new level. But honestly, I really enjoyed the internship. I’d go in three times a week, unless the show was on break, and I’d work my shifts. For me, I had two morning shifts and two afternoon shifts, and the morning shifts are when it’s actually pretty hectic in the Stern Office, because that’s when the show is on the air. I had to be at the office at 6 a.m., and with a commute from Long Island, that required me to get up at 4 a.m., which, I’ll admit, is a little foreign to me.

“In terms of what I actually did at the internship, I’d sit in the back office with all the other interns, and we’d answer phones, run errands, look up Howard mentions in the news and transcribe/log radio shows of our choice. The transcribing was the easiest job to me because I’m used to rewriting things I hear, but it took a long time. You’d be writing about everything that happens on the show you’re listening to, and these shows could range from 1-4 hours.

“All of this work we had to do was grunt work, but that’s not where the real internship is. While we were doing all of this work, we could branch out and connect to other parts of the Howard Stern show, and in my case, I wanted to work with Howard 100 News. I shadowed one of the “reporters,” Shuli Egar, and he let me take on a radio story that was broadcast on the radio. I mean, I had already been on the intern show a few times, so being on the radio wasn’t new, but it was my story, and I was the first intern to ever name myself for Howard 100 News. I know it’s cheesy, but I had a permanent smile for the rest of the day, and I made sure everyone heard about it.”

You have to toot your own horn in this business, that’s for sure. Well done, Mike!

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6 responses to ““Mike Piazza Reporting for Howard 100 News.”

  1. That’s the way to “stay gold,” Mike!

  2. Virginia Breen

    Go Mike! (Professor Cornachio beat me to the “stay gold” line…

  3. Thanks! Hmm. Got another photo of Mike? Looks like it might be too shadowy for Facebook. Otherwise, it’s a great post of FB. If there’s not another photo, can you send me the original file of it?

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