Megan Bishop from WOAI in San Antonio got her start in radio when Western Illinois University assigned her the wrong counselor. “I went to school to become an English teacher, but then they had me working at the college radio station and I realized I liked what I was doing,” Bishop says. Though she has had the opportunity to work in both radio and television, she says she prefers radio. “I like that radio is me. I am responsible for every aspect of the story I’m working on.”
Bishop finds stories with a health angle the most interesting to report on. “People will always listen to health stories. It’s a very personal topic that affects everyone.” Recent health stories she has covered that have stuck with her the most are related to infertility. “It’s a topic that we are starting to hear more about. It’s no longer a hush-hush topic.”
When it comes to social media, Bishop says she usually checks Twitter and Facebook twice a day, and finds Twitter to be particularly helpful for local topics. “For example, if there is a fire in the area, I’ll look at Twitter for information,” she says. Bishop also explains that WOAI’s listeners tend to engage more with the station through Twitter compared to Facebook. “Twitter is more instant than Facebook. I think that Facebook will eventually become obsolete. Look at how Instagram is becoming more popular,” Bishop says.
Bishop loves the laid back culture of living in San Antonio. On a typical day when she isn’t on the air, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. “We like to stay busy. We like going out and doing active things.” Bishop says she also enjoys a break from her cell phone. “I have a ranch outside of San Antonio. I’ll go there to ride horses and just leave my cell phone in the car.” Around the holidays, Bishop’s favorite dish to make is her sour cream apple pie. “I learned the recipe from my mom when I was in grade school, and I’ve been making it ever since!” And for someone who is visiting San Antonio for the first time, Bishop recommends visiting the River Walk.
To adapt to the changing style of radio reporting today, Bishop says she keeps her stories short and to the point. “I like the bullet point style of reporting. Nobody has attention spans anymore, so we have to accommodate.”
If Bishop could interview anyone in history, it would be the late Princess Diana. “I would like to ask her about her charity work. She got down and dirty with some of the charities, and I would also ask her if they changed her life.” Bishop would definitely be an English teacher if she wasn’t working in radio today. “People don’t know the difference between the three ‘theirs’ and it drives me crazy!”
The one piece of advice that Bishop would give to a young journalist would be to study something different and bring that to radio. “Be a business person first and then come to radio. You have to create your own opportunities and bring something to the table.”