By Catherine West
If you tune in to Waco’s own country station 92.9 Shooter FM on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you’ll likely hear the voice of Baylor alumna Jessica Goodlett ’10. Goodlett, a journalism major with a minor in film and digital media, began her radio career in 2008 as an intern for 92.9 FM. The station was in need of a female voice for commercials, and her boss believed she was the one for the job. As she gained experience, she was promoted to “the weekend girl.” This was only the beginning for Goodlett, who is now a full-time radio personality.
In spring of 2010, Goodlett participated in the Baylor in New York program, a semester-long program that allows students the opportunity to intern with well-known media companies in New York City. Goodlett interned with ESPN promotions, where she was able to travel to on-location interviews and meet players such as Eli Manning. “[The Baylor in New York] program is one of the greatest experiences Baylor has to offer,” Goodlett said. “I had the time of my life out there, and it looks great on a résumé.”
After returning from New York, Goodlett landed the full-time position at 92.9 FM, where she serves as the midday host. Continuing her work with ESPN, she also reports sports updates for Central Texas.
Hosting a radio show provides many memorable moments. “I get most tickled when I deal with callers,” Goodlett said. She enjoys the one-on-one interaction with her audience and believes working in a smaller market allows the hosts to seem more approachable. Goodlett encourages listeners to reach out by calling in. “Talk to me; I’m right here!” Goodlett said. Listeners often take her up on the offer—often with unpredictable results. “It takes a lot for me to get embarrassed, but one day during the morning show, a caller asked if I was single. I turned beat red,” admitted a recently engaged Goodlett.
Goodlett is not only thankful for the laughs that come along with her job, but also for the impact she is able to have on the community. Each year, the station promotes “Stuff the Bus,” a summer event that collects school supplies for underprivileged kids. Goodlett understands the importance of education and she encourages callers to donate on behalf of the station. “We are able to give back to the community,” she said.
Goodlett also serves as the announcer for Baylor Athletics at soccer games, and acrobatic and tumbling meets. “I announce anything from the starting line-up to ‘visit the concession stand,’” she said. Passionate for sports, Goodlett enjoys staying connected with Baylor. “I love being able to combine my two passions—sports and journalism. Being able to give back to Baylor is the icing on the cake,” Goodlett said.
Looking back at her time spent at Baylor, Goodlett is thankful for what she has learned. “Baylor taught me not to be afraid,” she said. “It has taught me to be confident—not prideful, confident.”
With successful sports teams and prestigious academics, Baylor was the perfect fit for Goodlett. She also stressed the importance of fostering relationships with professors. “I recommend getting to know your professors. They have incredible experiences and connections,” Goodlett said.
As for the future, Goodlett is hoping to launch a voiceover business where she will produce commercials for companies across the nation. With a future full of possibilities and an attitude ready to conquer them all, this radio personality shows us how far confidence and determination can take you.