I’m in need of some advice. I accidentally impressed my boss today, which I know is a good thing, I just don’t know how to proceed.
So, today my DJ air shift was cut short due to a special sports program. I knew I needed to stick around for the high school football game because the new board operator screwed up last week and I’m supposed to make sure he doesn’t this week. If he knows what he’s doing, I can leave. If not, I’m supposed to call my supervisor and, I’m assuming, take over.
So to stave off boredom for the remainder of my time on the clock, I decided to look for things to do. I updated the station website, double checked the online ads for currency and consistency, recorded three commercials, and then went to ask the boss if he had anything for me.
He was surprised and impressed by this. He proceeds to tell me we have a new client who just signed up for a commercial package today. He writes a rough script and hands me the client information. I go into the production room and in less than 15 minutes, the vocal track is laid, edited, and precisely 30 seconds. What does he do?
He calls the client for approval! Which we got.
So my dilemma, if you will, is this: do I maintain this level of productivity which was purely an effort at staving off boredom? Or do I try to slow down for the preservation of my coworkers?
So, I’m loving this job at WRGC. I’m on air every weekday afternoon 2-6 and doing quite a bit of web design/maintenance. Giving away tickets, choosing the music. And I’m LOVING the people here. The thing about radio people is we’re all geeks. The thing about radio is you can be as nerdy, geeky, individual as you please and people will eat it up. WRGC is a variety station, so their library is as eclectic as mine. Everyday is fun-filled as long as I’m multi-tasking, otherwise its boring just sitting there staring at a screen. I am so thankful for the way my life has turned out so far. I’m hoping to go full time soon. The important thing is I’m happy where I am, for now.
I’m running board operations in the WRGC 540-AM studio for the Smoky Mountain High School-Swain County High School football game. This is my first live sporting operation event, and I’m doing amazingly well, despite early technical difficulties that were partly my fault. I’m loving every minute in the studio, and I learn more every day.
I know it’s been a while, but I promise to try and stay regular! I had my first job interview this week at WRGC radio station in Sylva, NC. I’m excited, because it really looks like they need my skills and all the help they can get. It’ll be good to get back on the air.
I guess its strange to some people, but being on the radio in the studio, just you and the mic and the music is a very freeing experience. You can’t help but be who you are, and the listeners eat it up! The best radio personalities are true to themselves, and that is the beauty of radio.
At one point, I’d forgotten why I went into radio in the first place. That interview, not even getting in the studio myself, just seeing it, reminded me of the freedom of the air waves. I’m beginning to think that maybe I was born for radio. I’ve been listening my whole life, and creating part of it for about half my life. Feels so strange to say that.
At the same time, I’m working my applications to graduate school. I plan on pursuing a degree of MA in Creative Writing. I’m currently in the middle of a massive edit/expansion to a piece I originally wrote four years ago: The Black Castle. My dream school for this is UNC-Charlotte so wish me luck!
I leave you with this, the latest piece from my photography:
This piece is exclusively mine, taken the morning of July 19, 2012 at Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee.