When Sue Rachunok arrived in Athens in 1974, little did she know that she would run her own web design company. But she said all she had learned at Ohio University, woob She prepared her for the career she has today.
“I grew up in Cincinnati and took a tour of Ohio University in high school. I start to cry when I tell this story,” said Rachnok. “I was looking out the window and the bells started ringing.
She visited WOUB during a tour of Ohio University, giving students the opportunity to work at the station.
“As soon as I got to campus, I went there and started working,” says Rachunok. “As a freshman, I was in the staging and lighting crew.”
Radio and TV giant Rachunok Scripps College of Communication, wanted to work behind the scenes, so I took every opportunity. She stayed during the winter and summer vacations, eventually shifting to the role of directing a 30-minute nightly television news program. news watch.
“I love the opportunities and the people I got there. They were my family,” Rachnok said. “It was a lot of fun.”
After graduating, Rachunok was immediately hired by WKRC in Cincinnati.
“I was a news director’s assistant. It was something I had never done before. I had four years of real professional work experience at WOUB, which was invaluable.”
Rachunok held field producing and directing roles before leaving the station and moving to Wilmington, North Carolina.
“I started working for WWAY and was a director there. It was great to live on the beach and work in a more relaxed and less stressful place,” says Rachunok.
However, after a few years, Rachunok decided to leave the television industry.
“My husband had a very good job and we had kids, so at the time I wanted to focus on my family,” Rachnok said. “Eventually, I started learning website design and realized it was pretty much the same thing as commercial television: putting pictures and words in a box to convey an idea.”
Rachunok then started a website design firm in Wilmington. design intervention. She has been running the business for 23 years and has customers all over the world. She credits Ohio University and her WOUB with a large part of her success.
“WOUB gave me the training and experience I needed,” says Rachunok. “As students, we wanted our product to be very good. It was a team effort. We had to solve problems and rely on each other. We were all excited to work together and put together some great programs. It was a lot of fun.”
For more information on WOUB, please visit woub.org.