Young, determined, charismatic Vilsoir (Villy) Satine has held a place in my heart since the moment I met him at a Naples Press Club luncheon in Spring 2016. At that time, Villy was a journalism major in his junior year at FGCU, and a proud recipient of the NPC Endowed FGCU Journalism Scholarship Award.
Villy shared with me that he had a passion for media, and he was eager to know more about the radio industry. We started to communicate and I promised to take him to visit Beasley Media Group’s SWFL cluster of radio stations in Estero.
Villy has been in touch with me regularly since we met. Although I work in the corporate office of Beasley Media Group, I told him I would definitely encourage him to pursue an internship in the studios of our local SWFL cluster of radio stations, and I offered to provide some key professional introductions.
In a letter to me, Villy shared, “If I can learn more about radio, I might be able to help the FGCU Journalism program understand why they should add more classes in Radio Broadcasting to the studies that they teach, especially to serve the radio market in Southwest Florida. I would like for these students who are going into Radio Broadcasting to have plenty of experience here at FGCU before they leave to step into the real world of media.”
Fortunately, in August, I had an opportunity to invite Villy as my personal guest to the Make-A-Wish MusicThon at Beasley’s SWFL radio station B103.9.
“Big Mama & the Wild Bunch” raised more than $20,000 for Make-A-Wish.
I ensured Villy met our top SWFL radio management as well as our top talent in the studios. I advised Villy to follow through with everyone he met, during this warm intro to Beasley’s radio stations.
I am sure everyone on our Beasley team remembered meeting dear Villy on that day.
He certainly helped us put the “fun” into our fundraising!