Drae M. Smith

Contact: dmsmith06@student.ysu.edu // draemsmith@gmail.com

Personal Summary:

I am currently a graduate student and broadcaster at Youngstown State University, working as a graduate assistant with the athletics communications department. My objective is to obtain a full-time position in the athletics communications or sports media/broadcasting fields upon the completion of my master's degree.

Education:

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY – Youngstown, OH

Williamson College of Business Administration – AACSB Accredited

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), May 2014

  • Major:  Marketing 
  • Minor: Entrepreneurship 
  • Overall GPA:  3.7/4.0

The College of Creative Arts and Communication

Master of Arts in Professional Communication (MA), Expected May 2019

Graduate Assistant with the Youngstown State Athletics Communications Department

  • Research areas: sports fandom, social media and identification
  • Overall GPA: 4.0

Relevant Experience:

Youngstown State University - Youngstown, Ohio

Youngstown State Athletics Communications Graduate Assistant. Aug. 2017-Present

  • Primary media/communications contact for baseball, men’s golf and women’s golf
  • Handle day-to-day sport responsibilities: website releases, social media, event management
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere, Bridge
  • Shot, edited, and produced videos for the department’s YouTube page and social media accounts
  • Experience with StatCrew software, recordkeeping, and photography at live sporting events
  • Co-Host of “The Penguin Insiders Podcast” for YSU Athletics on SoundCloud and iTunes

iHeartMedia Inc. / Youngstown State University - Youngstown, OH

Play-By-Play Broadcaster.  Nov. 2015-present

  • Radio play-by-play for Youngstown State women’s basketball games on 570 WKBN, 1390 WNIO & iHeartRadio
  • Television play-by-play for Youngstown State women's basketball games on ESPN+ & Armstrong Cable

Sideline Reporter/Color Analyst.  Sept. 2016-present

  • Color analyst for Youngstown State football home games on ESPN+
  • Sideline reporter and fill-in color analyst for radio broadcasts of Youngstown State football on 570 WKBN & iHeartRadio

Rookery Radio – Youngstown, OH

Show Host/Producer.  Jan. 2014-Oct. 2016

Rookery Radio is Youngstown State's official student radio station

  • Hosted & produced sports talk radio shows, The Drae Smith Show & The Mic Check
  • Created content/segments, edited audio, booked guests
  • Handled all marketing & promotions through Twitter, Facebook, etc. 
  • Operated sound board and SAM Broadcaster
  • Managed and trained other student radio hosts/DJ’s
  • Covered Youngstown State football as on-field reporter & beat writer

WKBN-TV / MyYTV  - Youngstown, OH

Sideline Reporter.  Sept. 2015-Nov. 2015

  • Sideline reporter for select television broadcasts of Youngstown State Football on MyYTV & ESPN3/WatchESPN

Employment:

Golf Headquarters / GolfHQ.com - Youngstown, Ohio

Director of Operations/Customer Service.  Nov. 2013-July 2017

  • Was responsible for all order fulfillment operations, customer retention and customer relationship management for the e-commerce site GolfHQ.com
  • Oversaw and managed order fulfillment process from the time orders are taken until final delivery to customers
  • Helped design and develop order fulfillment, customer service and inventory management processes
  • Worked closely with FedEx, USPS & UPS to manage all shipping and logistical operations
  • Was responsible for maintaining positive "B2B" relationships and worked closely with product manufacturers
  • Managed and tracked all drop ship orders placed with and fulfilled by product manufacturers
  • Was responsible for resolving customer service problems/issues, maintaining positive customer relationships and a high customer service rating
  • Trained and managed a group of five employees involved in order fulfillment/customer service operations 
  • Helped develop website’s “return/exchange” policy and oversee all returns and exchanges that are processed 
  • Helped write and develop scripts for radio/television advertising and promotions 
  • Assisted with the development and implementation of a new website design and retail management system 
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (Point of Sale, Store Operations, Inventory Management, CRM) 
  • Assisted with product management, product listing, copywriting, content creation and blogging 

Also have experience with:

  • Search engine optimization
  • Email marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • Pay-per-click advertising
  • Microsoft Excel 
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Adobe Photoshop

Keep It Movin’ Music, LLC – Youngstown, OH

Owner/Recording Artist/Songwriter/Live Performer.  Jul. 2009-Aug. 2016

Worked as an independent recording artist and founder/owner of my own independent record label, Keep It Movin’ Music LLC. Released numerous musical projects since 2006 and shared the stage with acts such as Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelly, Yelawolf, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, Twista, Three Days Grace, The Devil Wears Prada and more.

Official debut album, Small Town Story, was released in November of 2014 on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify & more.

Extensive experience with: 

  • Music production, recording, publishing, promotion & distribution 
  • Vocal performance, songwriting, live performances, audio editing
  • Public relations - press releases, newspapers, music blogs, radio stations
  • Customer service, networking, direct sales, social media marketing
  • Booking, planning, advertising and promoting concerts/music events
  • Artist management, merchandising, product management, branding
  • Website design/development, videography
  • Financial management, bookkeeping, copyrights & trademarks

Activities, Affiliations, Awards:

  • Graduated magna cum laude
  • Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society
  • Recipient of the WCBA Senior Leadership Award for the Spring 2014 semester
  • President’s List Recipient for three semesters as an undergraduate
  • Dean’s List Recipient for five semesters as an undergraduate
  • YSU Trustees Scholarship 
  • National Association of Purchasing Management Scholarship
  • Chuck Perazich Scholarship

References:

Provided upon request