Vote Mark for Sonic Newscaster!!
honours from the NAIT Radio & Television - Radio Program
years of experience behind a microphone
Over a year
of newsgathering experience
Winner of the
1997 Primitive Radio God Award
ENOUGH FOR SONIC???
Go to the Sonic Website Now and check out my competition!!
I'm sure you've heard the tale a dozen times. Man has a dream. Man
works hard for dream. Man goes to school and gets the education to fulfill
his dream. Man works at dozens of shit jobs to pay for the dream.
Man works several volunteer positions to get the experience to pursue his dream.
And then...man gets door slammed in his face over and over again as he tries to
attain his dream.
That's been my situation since April, when I graduated from the Radio &
Television - Radio program at NAIT. I've got more than five years of
experience thanks to gigs on CLCR, NR92, and 95.3 K-Rock. Since April,
I've sent out job application after job application, and I always get the same
reply: "Fantastic qualifications! Great demo! We have no doubt
that you're going to have a great career in radio...but your career won't start
at our radio station. Sorry."
And then, not too long ago, there was a beacon...a bright shining hope.
Sonic 102.9, Edmonton's newest and coolest radio station, was looking for a
newscaster. And, they were having a contest to find it! Open
auditions! I knew that this was the best opportunity that I had come along
in ages. On Saturday, September 24, I went down to the Sonic open
auditions at Southgate Mall. I stood in line for three and a half hours.
They handed me a sample newscast, and trust me, it was a horrible newscast.
I spent the next five minutes frantically rewriting it. I went up there,
did my thing, and my frantic rewrites paid off. I made it to round 2.
A few days later, I get a call. I'd made it to round 3. On
Wednesday, October 5, I showed up at the Sonic studios to do the real thing, on
Now, granted, I hadn't been behind a microphone for a few months and I was a
little rusty. But I did the job as best I could. Everyone agreed
that it was one of the best newscasts all week. That's what they told me
on the air. But, there was one central problem.
I wasn't funny enough.
Turns out that they'd like someone to add punchlines to the silly news
stories...someone who'll make a joke about how slutty Paris Hilton is if she
just happens to be in the news that day. "Why couldn't you have been funny
as you were in your original audition from Southgate Mall?" they pondered.
From that little statement, I know they know I have the talent to give them what
But, on Friday morning, I got the call from Sonic's PD Al Ford. "Fantastic
qualifications! Great demo! We have no doubt that you're going to
have a great career in radio...but you didn't win the contest. However,
you still have a chance...." And that's the chance I'm seizing. Just
like Captain Kirk, I don't believe in the no-win scenario.
It's time to take it to the streets. It's time to take it to you, the
In their newscaster competition, Sonic 102.9 is having their wild card
selection. This is where you, the people, get to vote in your favourite
newscaster! And, as we all know, I was clearly the best of the "also-rans"
on the week of October 3 to October 7. So all we have to do is LET SONIC
How to vote for Mark
The Sonic wild card voting starts on Friday, October 14 at 10AM and goes
until Sunday, October 16 at 6PM. In those 56 hours, all you have to
do is go to the Sonic 102.9 Website, and
vote for Mark Cappis! That's it, that's all you have to do! It's
just that easy.
How to get the word out
The way I see it, I can just sit back and rest on my laurels, or I can get out
there, pound the pavement, and get as many people as I can to vote for me.
And for that, I need your help. I'm counting on your support! What I
need you to do is go and e-mail all your friends, get them to go to
website between Friday, October 14 and Sunday, October 16 and
implore them to vote for me!
We can do it!
We have the power!
We can help me achieve my dream of working in radio!
Keep coming back to this website over the next week to get the latest updates on
This is Mark Cappis, your next Sonic newscaster, signing off!