Ever Want To Know Why We Chose Radio?
Yesterday was National Radio Day. We'll bet you didn't know that. All the DJs in the building got together to celebrate it by making a video of either the why/how we got into "the biz" or one of our best stories from our radio years. Enjoy!
I lied by the way. Been in the biz since almost 10 yrs now... how time flies!
Since I gave you the "how/why" in the video, I'll give you my best radio stories too! There's a couple.
- Best radio experience I ever had was the summer of 2012's KRNA Rockin' the River event. I was given the station photo pass and had all access to be up on stage, with the bands. Considering many of these were bands I had grown up with, admittedly, this was pretty sweet.
- First gig: Mornings on a Soft Rock station in bootheel Missouri, waking people up with Enya, Sarah McLachlan, Celine Dion, and Michael Bolton. Try staying awake to that, especially when your only a few years out of college. I'd actually train my brain to stay awake and know the end of a song, while I'd take a quick nap through it. And the listeners, or boss, never knew the difference. BTW, I'm a night owl, so mornings are tough enough as is.
- One thing I said I'd NEVER do in radio, was country and bluegrass. I eventually succumbed to the realization country would be okay. However, Bluegrass... no way! Then I got a Sunday morning show, where once a month, Bluegrass the the feature for 2 hours, and it was all on me to create the playlist. It was easily one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had in the biz. I put all my passion and energy into each show, and the phones were insane, praising what I was doing and just talking to me about the music, artists, whichever, that I was quickly learning about. They thought I was an expert... little did they know my inexperience.
While I'm glad to be back into pop music, and have never listened to Bluegrass since, I definitely have a different appreciation for it. It's also reminded me WHY I love this industry. The chance to interact with the listeners and add just a little more excitement, joy, whatever emotion, into their lives.