Jeremy Finkel, '09
This post was first published on July 18, 2016.
Jeremy Finkel, ’09, remembers receiving a post card that said, “If you get your start here, you can go anywhere” – a quote from Muskingum’s most famous alumnus, Senator John Glenn. The back of the post card, Finkel recalls, featured a classic image of the Quad, which is well-known to everyone at Muskingum. For Finkel, “Everything about the aesthetics, personality of the campus and notable alumni appealed. Visiting and meeting the diversely knowledgeable and highly intellectual professors who listened to what I wanted to do [and] stood behind the crazy ideas spewing from my head at the time, I immediately knew I could be challenged, excel and grow.”
Finkel, who hails from Grove City, Ohio, majored in Communication and English. During his time as a Muskie, he interned for iHeartMedia in both Columbus and Los Angeles. Following graduation, he began working at iHeartMedia in Columbus, “executing events for sales and working as a liaison doing small gigs on-air/programming.” He also worked for a private family in Columbus that owned one of the fortune retail corporations in the area. That position involved a lot of travel, which ultimately took Finkel to New York City, where he now resides.
In NYC, Finkel works for one of the most powerful stations in the radio market, 100.3 Z100, Power 105.1 and 103.5 KTU, where he gained experience executing several large strategic media events. He also began to develop a commercial modeling portfolio.
FInkel now works for Shazam, the popular music recognition application. He has grown into a role on the account management side of the business where, he says, he’s been able to “[work] on some of the coolest advertising initiatives to ever hit market. My job is to understand the application's parameters and structure to make sense/monetize it for advertisers and help drive a potential IPO.” His latest initiative involves Shazam Coke Bottles, which recently hit the market.
Finkel, who has worked hard for his success, advises those who are about to launch into the world, “Knowing that you're going to stumble, struggle and fall from time to time will help. Success just doesn't walk to your door.”