Donna Apidone finds her purpose as morning edition host in California’s state capitol


Sacramento Capital Public Radio morning edition Host Donna Apidone says she vividly remembers the day she realized her career had a purpose. “A listener told me that I was their partner in the morning and their comforter during a crisis, and I realized that’s what I do for a living. And I developed many skills to be able to do it. do at Ohio University and WOUB.

Apidone grew up in northeast Ohio in Chagrin Falls near Cleveland. When she graduated from high school in 1974, she knew she wanted to work in the media.

“When I was 14, we visited a family friend who was on a radio station in Cleveland, and I knew I wanted to be on the radio,” Apidone said. “So by the time I graduated from high school, I had learned that Ohio University had one of the strongest media programs, and after touring the campus with my parents, I knew I wanted to go.”

Apidone heard about WOUB during this visit.

“They showed us around the radio and television building and I saw WOUB,” Apidone said. “I knew I wanted to get involved with WOUB.”

Even though Apidone is now an on-air personality, she was a radio and television major who focused on production while in college. So, while working at WOUB, she focused on learning the production side of the operation.

“I was on the TV crew for NewsWatch and worked in master control,” Apidone said. “I’ve done audio production work for afternoon and evening radio shows. But I was never on the air at WOUB.

However, Apidone did on-air work for ACRN, the student race Campus-wide radio network. She doesn’t know why she didn’t pursue her on-air work at WOUB, but knows she still learned vital skills that she uses in her career today.

“During my last year at WOUB, I worked my way up to an associate producer role on a public affairs TV show we produced called Lock, Stock and Barreland i also had the opportunity to work on the music tv show called Hocking Valley Bluegrass“, said Apidone. “I developed a sense of myself in WOUB. It was in this environment that I learned a little more about my abilities, abilities and interests. I was able to do so many things and understand that I liked it but not that.

Apidone’s first job after graduating from Ohio University in 1978 was in Athens. She was a presenter on WATH/WXTQ for about three years. Then it made a few more stops at WGAR in Cleveland and WKSU in Kent, Ohio before landing at its current station, the NPR member station in Sacramento, California. Apidone came to Capital Public Radio in 1998 and hosted morning edition since 2001.

“I appreciate the audience. I appreciate that connection with the people listening,” Apidone said. “Even though we don’t connect at the time because it’s radio, I still try to speak to one person when I’m on the air. I always know who that person is in the morning, and I always talk to that person, and that person is an image in my mind.

Apidone volunteers on the board of directors of a national animal rescue organization and, as an ordained minister, she works with half a dozen interfaith organizations. She also loves her job as a certified life coach and seminar leader. It’s a life that Apidone says wouldn’t have been possible without his early days at Ohio University and WOUB.

“WOUB prepared me for this. I didn’t know much about public broadcasting before WOUB,” Apidone said. how to produce a show and the elements you need to put into it and the time it takes Just being able to be a part of it has added to my knowledge and understanding.

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