Most weekdays, Abby Sylvia remains grounded in her role as Associate Director of Residence Life at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She is busy hiring, training and supervising staff and managing half of the resolution rooms on the Oshkosh campus.
But lately, on the weekends, things have been a little… on hold.
In April, Sylvia added a new gig with Midwest Communications to her schedule as a part-time on-air announcer with 101.1 FM WIXX in Green Bay.
“It’s exciting and scary to do something new at this point in my life,” she said. “I think I have more courage these days and I’m more willing to take risks. I like getting feedback so I can keep improving.
You can tune in to hear her joyful, bright voice on select Saturday and Sunday mornings. She plays music and discusses topics such as her listeners’ favorite summer drinks and ice cream flavors.
“I keep it light and casual, like talking with a friend,” she said.
Sylvia came to UW Oshkosh in 2002 after working as a residence hall manager and earning a master’s degree in human resources counseling and development from South Dakota State University.
At the radio station, she draws on her undergraduate studies in mass communications at Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa, and her work on the college radio station there.
The recent opportunity with WIXX developed from a true win-win situation.
About three years ago, Sylvia won $1,000 by answering 10 questions live during Murphy in the morning$1,000 per minute contest. This got her interested in opportunities at the station and she stayed in touch over the years, even winning a few more contests along the way.
Recently, the station was looking for new voices and the time was right for Sylvia.
“Getting down to work at a live station – specifically a station that is the best contemporary hit radio station in a market – for my first ‘real’ job in radio was simply an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. , as difficult as it is to be,” she said.
“The fact that they bet on me is something I don’t take lightly, and I feel really honored that I was asked to apply and be able to be part of the team. It’s worth giving up the chance to win fun prizes – my family and I are no longer eligible to enter contests! »