11/29/2012 1:39:00 PM Life After Graduation - Matt Prink
by Connie Bickman
Note: This column features "hometown folks," specifically Cannon Falls and Randolph High School graduates - of any year - and their unique or interesting careers. If you know of anyone you feel would make an interesting feature, email email@example.com - Email address of person must also be included.
When asked if he set any future work goals while in high school, Matt Prink, 24, quipped, "To be the next Randy Shaver [KARE 11 sports reporter]...well kind of...haha!"
But working for a major market radio station did end up becoming a dream come true for this 2007 CFHS graduate.
"I always listened to 93X radio throughout high school, so it's surreal to work with the DJs who I grew up listening to," Matt admitted.
He says he was influenced "a little" in deciding his choice of careers. Matt's cousins, Tim and Amy Boyle, have worked in the broadcast and communication field for many years and he always thought they were engaging and fun people to be around. So after high school, Matt attended Winona State University for Public Relations, and Broadcasting, with a Minor in Coaching. He's put all of that education to work for him.
"At one point I coached baseball in the Cannon Falls Community Education program, which I absolutely loved. I definitely became a more patient person, employee, and coach working with all those little guys," Matt admits.
Growing up a hard-working country boy, has also given Matt a bit of an edge.
"I grew up a farm boy in White Rock, and making the transition to the workplace with a farmhand work ethic has helped me endure some long days at the office," he noted.
"After college I spent some time in Duluth working at a country and rock station. I definitely learned the ropes by trial and error during my first months in radio advertising, and eventually got the feel for a sales position.
Matt, who lives in Richfield, MN, is currently an advertising executive with KQRS and 93X, for Cumulus Media, and said he really enjoys his job.
"Working with radio personalities at appearances and events is always something I've enjoyed. Through these events I've been able to meet Twins players, lead singers, and a variety of interesting people who you might see on TV, and never think you would meet in person."
Of the path it's taken to get to where he is now, Matt said, "It's been an adventure with a lot of change in location, but I've made new connections with friends and co-workers and I've enjoyed every minute of it!"
Matt would eventually like to settle into a position that would be his life's career, and would also like to get back into sports, possibly coaching high school/legion baseball.
Matt's parents, Todd and Stephanie Prink, still live in White Rock/Cannon Falls, and his grandparents, Robert and Janis Thomford, are also in the area.
Matt is the youngest of his siblings. His sister, Andrea, lives in Golden, Colorado with her husband and eight-month-old son, Bjorn. Sister Erin, Atlanta, Georgia, headed to Kuwait in June with the Army. Matt's brother Erik, lives in Richfield, and is a police officer in Red Wing.
Matt hasn't forgotten those early days rooted in Cannon Falls.
"Some of my fondest memories from Cannon Falls are 'Suit Day' with my buddies - waking up early to go to the Cannonball for no good reason, other than to drink coffee, eat breakfast and wear old suits!"