Candace McCollum-News Anchor, WPWX, 92.3 FM and WSRB, 106.3 FM, Hammond, Indiana
After serving in an interim capacity for the past seven months, Candace McCollum (B.A. '11) has been officially promoted to Morning News Anchor at both WPWX, 92.3 FM (Power 92), and WSRB, 106.3 FM (Soul 106) in Hammond, Indiana.
Working her way up from a promotions internship, Candace's distinctive voice caught the ear of Program Director and fellow alum, Jay Alan (B.A. '91), who then asked her for a news aircheck. This led her to a shadowing opportunity with the News Department and, subsequently, her current position. According to Candace the hard work has been worth it. "Every day I get up at 2:45 in the morning, to be at work by 4:30 and I wouldn't trade it for the world. The hours can be hard at times, but I love what I do. This job has been a blessing and to know that it all started from an internship is unbelievable."
Candace attributes a great deal of her success to her time spent as a Radio Major at Columbia College Chicago. "The experience I got at Columbia is unmatched compared to any liberal arts college. Introduction to Radio, Voice and Articulation, Writing for Radio, Radio Marketing and Promotion, WCRX Practicum, and Theater of the Mind, all played an integral part to what I do every day on-air with news and traffic."
In her current position, Candace has a great deal of responsibility to write, research, and select stories that will interest the listening audience. As Candace relates, the ability to perform these skills successfully were acquired at the college's radio station, WCRX, 88.1 FM. "The WCRX Practicum: On-Air News/Sports taught by WCRX-FM Director Cheryl Langston, is what really opened the door and laid the foundation down for the job that I have today. If it was not for Cheryl giving me the chance and teaching me how to read with inflection, properly write, and research stories, I would have never considered the possibility of being a News Anchor in the first place. That's what I Love about Columbia. All of the instructors push you to succeed. Columbia taught me in all my classes to take pride, risks, and chances with my work. To think outside the box and don't be afraid. Columbia makes each student feel special and wanted."
You can hear Candace delivering news, traffic, and weather on Power 92.3 FM during The Rickey Smiley Morning Show and on Soul 106.3 FM during The Tom Joyner Morning Show Monday-Friday, from 5 a.m.- 9 a.m.