Music grad lands dream job just weeks after graduating
Michael Morreale, Mus’11, is only 24 years old, but he already has his dream job. Three weeks after completing his degree, the School of Music graduate was hired as an associate producer on CBC Radio 2’s national classical music show Tempo. His days are now filled with listening, researching, and writing about music.
“I joke that I had a 10-year plan and I am already at year 12 only two years after graduating,” says Michael, who is originally from Sarnia but now lives in Ottawa. “This is a dream job that I got surprisingly quickly.” An understatement.
He came to Queen’s to study violin, but after a while felt that performing music wasn’t for him. He enjoyed doing research, but didn’t want to become an academic. So his radio job is a perfect fit for him.
Michael started hosting a classical music show on campus radio station CFRC in his second year. He became more involved and was named music programming manager by his third year.
On a whim, he emailed CBC Radio to see if they were accepting interns. His timing was perfect; they were, and when the internship was over, he was hired by CBC part time. In his fourth year, he would spend one week a month working in Ottawa on Tempo (and skipping all his classes at Queen’s). With his BMus in hand, he was soon offered a full-time job.
“A lot of it was just really good timing, but it was also about having the right experience,” Michael says. “CBC really liked my campus community radio experience and the research skills I had learned from really good teachers, like Professor (Clara) Marvin."
Beyond the research, he also does interviews, writes blogs, and does some radio direction. The fact that the CBC is becoming more involved in music with last year’s launch of digital service is good for Michael’s future there.
“As digital grows, I am sure I will grow with it,” he says. “I think there will always be a future in radio. It’s one of those technologies that will never go away.”