Alumnus Dave Parker Speaks at COMS Week


By Courtney Young

One of the first events of Radford University’s COMS Week 2017 was Dave Parker’s ‘Like What You Do, Do What You Like: Career Advice from a TV and Radio Expert,’ Monday, April 10 at 10 a.m.

He spoke to the crowded Bonnie Auditorium with enthusiasm and nostalgia as he explained his experiences at Radford, and what it was like for him in the work force. Graduating in 1989, Parker got his start in the media industry with an internship in California, providing him with time working on several television game shows. After graduating Radford, Parker pursued a meteorology degree, and got a job doing the weather at a station in West Virginia.

Parker stressed the importance of internships, saying that; “there is a lot of value in internships, access, experience, getting your foot in the door, networking, and you can decide whether or not you like that sort of job.”

Additionally, Parker gave the audience a ‘to do list,’ advising students to “not pay attention to social media, only work to impress yourself, and remember to read as much as possible, because reading will always make you more interesting.”

“You don’t have to know what you want to do right after graduation, I graduated years ago and still don’t know what I want to do,” Parker said.

After moving from weather, to television news, to working on commercials and voice work, he’s found himself working in radio. Due to constant sound exposure from headphones, Parker disclosed that he suffers from tinnitus, a constant ringing in his ears that he has to learn to live with.

Even though Parker lives with tinnitus, he continues to work in radio. “You don’t want to hate your job. Whatever your passion is, where you are now isn’t where you end up,” he told the audience.

Continuing to make the audience laugh, Parker concluded his session by saying that “the person who works the hardest, the person who takes risks, gets the job. There are no rules on how you do something.” 

Apr 17, 2017
School of Communication