Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Host - Conrad Wilton
Becoming a broadcaster was not something Conrad dreamed about as a kid. In fact, it was probably furthest from his mind. Making public speeches in school was never an effortless or enjoyable experience. It was not until Conrad's senior year in high school that he began to pursue radio broadcasting, journalism and public speaking.
It all started one lazy August afternoon when Conrad's school, Westlake High, made an unexpected lunchtime announcement that the basketball team needed a new public address announcer for the upcoming season. Conrad, with no actual broadcasting experience (unless you call listening to Vin Scully over a hundred times a year experience) decided to try his luck behind the microphone.
Sports was his true love and if announcing players' names and addressing the crowd meant a courtside seat at every home game, Conrad was interested. After a few games, Conrad not only earned those courtside seats he was craving, but he also realized his interest in broadcasting.
Conrad began his career in print journalism after he terminated his tenure in the high school band (where he played percussion at Carnegie Hall the year before) and decided to acquire a stronger voice on campus. Conrad composed sports, feature, opinion, and news articles for the school's paper, the Westlake Arrow, and won several county awards for his work.
Becoming a graduation speaker was Conrad's pinnacle achievement. He put his public speaking skills to the test and auditioned to write and recite a speech at the Baccalaureate ceremony. After a school-wide competition, Conrad was blessed to receive the opportunity to deliver his speech "Inevitable Change" to the class of 2009.
As a USC spring admit, Conrad spent the first semester of his college career at UCSB where he broadcasted play-by-play and color commentary for UCSB men and women's soccer and basketball for KCSB 91.9 FM. Conrad also worked in the UCSB Recreational Sports Department for GauchosPlay.com - a website featuring club sports and intramural events. Conrad wrote intramural "Game Of The Week" previews and recaps, filmed interviews with athletes, and exposed himself to a plethora of sports including indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and even field hockey. Conrad was also a beat writer for UCSB men's club soccer.
At GauchosPlay.com, Conrad enjoyed the company and support of amazing co-workers, and because the website was so open to new ideas, Conrad could experiment and discover the most compelling way to cover games and increase intramural participation.
After spending just one quarter at UCSB, Conrad moved on to USC and immediately immersed himself into sports journalism. As a broadcast journalist in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Conrad began broadcasting USC men and women's basketball for KXSC 1560AM and baseball for USCTrojans.com. In the fall of 2010, Conrad broadcasted Trojan football for KXSC and began writing news, opinion, and sports articles for the Daily Trojan.
In October of 2010, Conrad created USC's only news radio talk show "Conrad's Corner." He not only hosts the show, but he manages virtually every facet of the show's production and distribution. Conrad locates, contacts, and prepares all the guests. He also finds and investigates every story covered on the show. During "Conrad's Corner," Conrad handles the board, sound effects, music, and phones. After the show, Conrad posts every "Conrad's Corner" interview and select segments online via YouTube so students can listen to the content at their convenience. Conrad finally distributes the show's content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and this website.
Outside the Corner, Conrad has appeared on Trojan Vision's "Platforum" to discuss campus issues and sports. Conrad produced and co-hosted the "Daily SCene" - a television talk show on Trojan Vision. He also co-hosted a sports radio show "The Huddle" in 2010 and currently co-hosts "Coastin' with Conrad & Claire" - a radio talk show that explores the idiosyncrasies of college life.
During the summer of 2012, "Conrad's Corner" officially became an international radio show when Conrad studied abroad at the University of Cambridge. Conrad broadcasted "Conrad's Corner" on 97.2 Cam FM where he interviewed Cambridge students and faculty striving to make the world a better place.
Today, "Conrad's Corner" is USC's only radio show that regularly discusses campus issues and their impact on the Trojan Family. Ever since "Conrad's Corner" first aired October 26th, 2010 - the Tuesday after President Barack Obama visited USC - it has been USC's most scintillating radio show attracting nearly 20,000 listeners from all over the world.
On the dawn of an exciting new semester, Conrad plans to build on this success and expand "Conrad's Corner" to new horizons. He thanks his two beloved grandparents Edward and Beatrice Weiss as well as his amazing dog Hunter for their unwavering support and incredible inspiration. Without them, none of this could be possible.