July 14, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. (RFD-TV) Alexis Bloomer, a Sam Houston State University mass communications student, is spending her summer preparing for her senior year. She recently began a prestigious summer internship in New York City with Sam Houston alumnus Dan Rather on his weekly show, Dan Rather Reports. Broadcasting her show from New York, Alexis is excited to bring yet another perspective to RURAL RADIO listeners. Alexis has a long list of accomplishments for a soon-to-be graduate and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
RURAL RADIO caught up with Alexis from New York and her latest adventure.
Q: What do you like most about hosting on RURAL RADIO?
A: Hosting on RURAL RADIO, has been not only a wonderful learning experience, but it has provided me an outlet to give back to the western and rural industry. I truly believe in this network and I love working for a company that is so passionate about rodeo. RURAL RADIO is changing our small industry for the better and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this network.
Q: How did you get your start in Radio/TV?
A: I have been involved in the media industry for several years and as cliché as it sounds; I was “hooked from the start.” I first started in television by acting in several television shows and music videos. It was not until my freshman year of college that I had my first experience on air for 90.5, The Kat. I was known as DJ Ally B, and I really owe Sam Houston State University a lot for giving me the opportunity to be on air at such a young age.
Q: What was your favorite episode or guest of the first radio season?
A: My first year on RURAL RADIO, I interviewed so many diverse individuals that it would be really hard to just pick one. I’ve known most of the rodeo athletes in and out of the arena for years, so I would have to go out on a limb and say that my favorite show was with Lane Frost’s parents, Clyde and Elsie Frost. I loved hearing their stories about Lane and hearing them tell us behind the scene information that we have never heard before. Not to mention, the phone lines were going crazy because Lane Frost is such an iconic cowboy in our industry and everyone wanted to hear the real story from his family. That is what makes my job fun, I get to interview people that are making our industry a better place and I do not think there are many supporters that are bigger fans than Clyde and Elsie.
Q: What can listeners look forward to in the next year on your show?
A: I’m so excited about this upcoming year on air because we are constantly evolving and making the show better. Fans know that I am spontaneous and I like to have fun with my guests, you never know what I am going to ask. So this year, I would expect a lot more fan engagement and possible giveaways. Our guests are different each week; we have rodeo athletes, professional athletes, entertainers and actors with a common bond…rodeo and horses. I hope that “Alexis Bloomer, Off the Record,” can continue to catch you off guard with every question I ask.
We had to have some fun of course!
Q: Favorite food?
A: Easily Mexican food. I don’t know if it is a Texan thing, but I’m addicted to salsa and chips. I asked my mom if she could ship me chips and salsa to New York this summer, it’s going to be hard going without it so long.
Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: I’ve been blessed to travel to many different destinations, but one of my favorite trips still has to be Washington D.C. I love history and D.C. is definitely a place that I would travel back to.
Q: What’s your guilty pleasure?
A: Shoes! I have an unhealthy obsession with shoes. It’s a good thing that Justin Boots takes care of me when it comes to my boots or I would be broke.
Q: What’s your favorite part about summer?
A: My favorite part about summer is the weather. I love the water and getting tan!
Q: I can’t help but turn up the radio when anything, 50 Cent or Roar by Katy Perry comes on.
Every weekend, Alexis shares new perspectives and stories from the western lifestyle on her show, “Off the Record.” Alexis’ in-depth interviews delve into her guest’s lives in and out of the arena, their inspirations, struggles and much more! Listen to “Off the Record” on Saturdays at noon ET and Sundays at 6 p.m. ET and follow RURALRADIO147 on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest guests.
Learn more about RURAL RADIO here: http://www.siriusxm.com/ruralradio