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Places I’ve Done Time

22 May

The title sounds like I’ve spent time in prison.

That all depends how you look at it.

Fortunately I’ve never been in jail, except for an evening during college when we visited lifers at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.

That one visit was enough to convince anyone that jail is at best an unpleasant existence.

The ‘places’ I speak of are the stops you make in radio to be successful.

PDs tell me they can’t find people to work weekends and holidays. The part-timers they do have call Friday afternoon at 5 to say they can’t work this weekend.

It appears to be a chronic problem for the industry.

Anyone that is serious about radio should work any and all shifts they can.

There is no substitute for experience.

Graduating seniors will be joining the work force this month. If you’re looking for the first job, don’t expect to be the General Manager or morning man.

I wouldn’t trade the jobs I’ve had for anything.

There was the ‘house with two turnables’ in Canton. Stops in Charleston and Wheeling, West Virginia , Wilkes-Barre, Pa. ,Newton N.J. and the crazy News Director at Channel 9 in Steubenville, Ohio.

Each one was valuable in my learning the business.

Ok, I admit there were times in Canton I hoped to drive up and see fire trucks in front of the place. That station really was a learning experience.

To the grads some advice. Don’t short change yourself.

There are fewer places to learn the business today. So take any opportunity to learn even if you must work weekends and nights.

You’ll find your time in those places will be well spent.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2008 in Radio programming

 

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