Archive | October 2012

My Biography

I’m currently a senior at the University of Florida studying Telecommunications. I was born and raised in Atlantic Beach, Florida. I attended Duncan U. Fletcher Senior High School and worked in TV production until I graduated in 2009. I am a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and a member of the Florida Cicerones (the official ambassadors to the University of Florida). Most of my work has been with the radio and television stations located on UF’s campus. I am currently a reporter for Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM. I enjoy reporting for public radio because I like researching interesting stories and conducting interviews. In the spring of 2012, I worked at 97.3 The Sky on the Bob Rose Show. I gained valuable experience setting up interviews and operating the soundboard. 

Besides working for the radio and television station, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and watching movies. I’ve recently learned to love cooking, hence the reason behind this block. My favorite meal to cook is stir-fry.

My Background in TV Production & News

My name is Sarah Samuels and my ultimate career goal is to be an anchor for a national TV news network. I first fell in love with television production when I was in the fifth grade and learned how to operate in both the control room and in front of the camera. I was the lead anchor for all of my middle school years. Later, in high school, I worked with a select group of students to produce the morning news for the entire school. My work as both a TV and radio news reporter at the University of Florida has taught me to always expect the unexpected! In my short four years I have honed my interviewing skills along with my people skills. My work at WUFT-FM, WUFT-TV, and WSKY has taught me the skills I will need to go far in this business.

My Resume

SARAH ELIZABETH SAMUELS                                             


Duncan U. Fletcher Senior High School Class of 2009

University of Florida Class of 2013 Telecommunications Major with News Concentration


Editing: Final Cut Pro, ENPS, Newsroom, Audacity, Adobe Audition, Excel

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Member of the National Broadcasting Society – Fall 2010

Florida Cicerone (Official Ambassador to the University of Florida) – Spring 2010 to Present

“Tour Guide of the Year” Award for the Florida Cicerones – Spring 2010 & Spring 2011

Sister of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority – Fall 2009 to Present


News Reporter for Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM (Gainesville, FL) August 2011 – Present

– Responsible for gathering information and setting up interviews

– Wrote and produced a multitude of news stories

News Intern at News Talk 97.3 The Sky (WSKY) in Gainesville, FL January 2012 – April 2012

– Worked with Bob Rose and Jay Anderson on The Bob Rose Show

– Answered and screened calls, operated the soundboard, brought in interesting news articles,  followed the 2012 Primary Elections, produced the entire show during the last half of my internship

News Reporter at WUFT-TV (Gainesville, FL) January 2012 – April 2012

– Produced original news story ideas, set up interviews

– I shot, wrote, and edited all of my own news stories, working as a one-man-band

Producer at the Radio Reading Service WUFT-FM (Gainesville, FL) January 2011 – May 2012

– Responsible for creating and producing the a sports radio show specifically for the visually impaired

Freelance Writer at The Florida Odyssey (Gainesville, FL) March 2011 – August 2011

– Wrote articles covering Greek Life on the University of Florida campus


Nick Allen                                                                Donna Green-Townsend

Program Director News Talk 97.3 The Sky                  WUFT-FM Radio News Director

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Easy & Quick Stir Fry Recipes

I’ve recently become addicted to stir fry! These recipes are so easy to make and they’re delicious. You can make a large portion of stir fry and save it as left-overs. I was watching TV the other day and saw a commercial for boil-in-the-bag rice. The commercial gave a quick 30 second recipe for stir fry. You scramble eggs, boil the rice, chop up some red bell peppers and snow peas and mix the whole concoction together. Next you add soy sauce or some sort of sauce and Voila! You have a veggie stir fry. Here is a video for a vegetarian stir fry:

Now if you prefer a chicken stir fry, there are plenty of easy recipes out there. I cooked a great stir fry a few weeks ago. I prefer a chicken or beef stir fry myself, just make sure you cook the chicken or beef throughly.

Tips for Keeping your Kitchen Clean: Bacteria and Germs Beware!

I have blogged before about the importance of keeping your kitchen clean. When it comes to cleaning the counters and sink, I really love bleach spray. Clorox is my favorite brand, but any regular household cleaner (even a generic variety) works just as well. Check out these startling statistics, according to the Center for Disease Control:

1. Toilet bowl: 3.2 million bacteria/square inch
2. Kitchen drain: 567,845 bacteria/square inch
3. Sponge or counter-wiping cloth: 134,630 bacteria/square inch
4. Bathtub, near drain: 119,468 bacteria/square inch
5. Kitchen sink, near drain: 17,964 bacteria/square inch
6. Kitchen faucet handle: 13,227 bacteria/square inch
7. Bathroom faucet handle: 6,267 bacteria/square inch
8. Bathroom sink, near drain: 2,733 bacteria/square inch
9. Pet food dish, inside rim: 2,110 bacteria/square inch
10. Kitchen floor, in front of sink: 830 bacteria/square inch

The nastiest germs are spread around the kitchen by unclean sponges. If you’re going to use a sponge, you should replace it everyday or wash it well with hot water after using it. Make sure you let the sponge dry before using it again.

Easy, Affordable Mac and Cheese and Dessert Recipes

I definitely slacked a little this weekend when it came to preparing delicious, home-cooked meals. I was very busy so I didn’t have much time to come up with good recipes to share with you all. I ate a lot of mac and cheese and Ramen noodles (not very healthy). However, I thought that this week it might be fun to find an easy meal for mac and cheese. Baked mac and cheese sounds delicious to me! I might be in college, but I believe you’re never too old to enjoy a good mac and cheese recipe

My best friend’s birthday is next week and she has a huge sweet tooth. However, she is also trying to lose weight. So I want to make her lots of different, healthy desserts to try! I’m a great friend. She really loves fudge brownies and other chocolate desserts. I’ll leave her the healthy deserts and make this delicious cookie pizza for myself!

Rocky Road Cookie Pizza!

I included this video because this cookie pizza looks delicious! It seems easy to make too! All you really need is cookie dough, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, peanuts, and caramel sauce. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth (I’d rather eat salty food all day long). However, when I do eat sweets I love chocolate! I am definitely making this cookie pizza this weekend.