"Hey, I Know We Haven't Talked in Awhile, But Do You Have Any Extra Tickets To..."
There's usually not a week that goes by that I don't get the question "What it like working in radio?" followed by "You must have so much fun!" While I can't comment on what it's like to work at every radio station, I'm happy to break down what it's like to work at mine!
Let me start off with - you're right. It IS fun. Don't get me wrong, there's days when my blood pressure is through the roof and I feel like there's not nearly enough hours in a day, but overall, it's so fun. I get to meet people and have amazing experiences that just wouldn't be possible if it weren't for radio, so that makes any stress and overtime worth it.
I think a common misconception about radio is all we do is choose music to play and talk into a microphone. While that's certainly part of the job description, in a mom-and-pop station like Hot 104.7, there's so much more that we do. We're a privately owned radio station with four full-time employees (with the exception of sales) so, need-less-to-say, we all have to wear multiple hats.
Besides being on air during afternoons, I'm also responsible for all promotions (events, giveaways, concerts, etc), traffic (billing, keeping sales organized, scheduling commercials, etc) scheduling music, making sure all of our mix shows are in line, helping winners and listeners, and generally making sure the station doesn't burn down. There are literally entire days that I blackout because I am so busy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining by any means. I know my job could be a lot harder. I just want you to know there's a lot more to it than what meets the eye.
Other things about radio people are often surprised about:
- The DJ currently on air isn't choosing the songs as they go. A whole day's worth of songs is scheduled out at least a day before by the Music Director (or in Hot's case, me.)
- We don't have extra tickets to every damn event. And if you haven't had a normal conversation with us in over 6 months, don't even ask. Rude.
- Not every radio DJ knows how to DJ in the traditional sense. Two totally different kinds of djing - one is talking/hosting a show and the other is mixing music. Though they're different skills, many radio DJs also DJ events as a side hustle, like yours truly.
- Every time you hear someone on air doesn't necessarily mean they are in the station at that second doing their show live. Sometimes it does, but luckily we also have the ability to pre-record parts of our shows. Thank God.
Moral of the story: At the end of the day, I feel blessed to work in radio. Quite frankly, if I didn't, you probably would've never come across my blog and we wouldn't be friends like we are. And that would be really sad.
Feel free to shoot any more questions at me! I'm always happy to give a glimpse into "A Day in the Life."