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 high school 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 discovered a passion for broadcasting.
Conrad began his journalism career writing sports, feature, opinion, and news articles for his high school 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 fall at UCSB where he provided play-by-play and color commentary for soccer and basketball on 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 covered a plethora of sports including indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee and field hockey. Conrad was also a beat writer for UCSB men's club soccer.
After spending one quarter at UCSB, Conrad joined the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Within a few days of arriving, 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 manages virtually every facet of the show's production and distribution. Conrad locates, contacts, and prepares all the guests. He also selects 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 "Coastin' with Conrad & Claire," a radio talk show that explored the idiosyncrasies of college life.
During the summer of 2012, "Conrad's Corner" officially became an international program when Conrad studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, UK. 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.
Conrad concluded "Conrad's Corner" at USC by airing the show's one hundredth episode May 8th, 2013. Since then, the show has aired on KDVS 90.3FM Davis and KDRT 95.7 FM focusing on issues that impact college students nationwide to serve an increasing audience of over 40,000 listeners.
On the dawn of an exciting new era of "Conrad's Corner," Conrad hopes to build on this success and expand the show to new horizons. He thanks his two beloved grandparents Edward and Beatrice Weiss, his amazing dog Hunter, his brother Baron, and his parents Betty and Ron for their unwavering support. Without them, none of this would be possible.