I will fully admit, when I was offered a job by a radio company, I didn’t know much if anything about radio. I certainly didn’t know about the “magic” that it took to create an award willing broadcast. I walked in knowing IP Addresses, and DHCP, and Active Directory. But it didn’t take long to understand that radio is something special. And lucky for me, all those skills I walked in with would come in handy too!
There are so many points between the jock, the microphone, and the listener. Most people would never think about what it would take for you to hear the latest Rihanna tune, or Rush yelling about something. And that’s how it should be! The listener shouldn’t know that that single passed through a mic processor, and maybe a profanity delay, and through a console, then on to a switcher, or maybe an IP audio device, then beamed though the air many miles to a lonely building up on a hill with a gigantic lighting rod beside it, then passed through an audio processor, maybe a PPM encoder, and I won’t even name all the parts of the transmission equipment itself! But it does. It’s takes so much thought, and planning, and trial and error to get that song from our studio to your ears. THAT is fascinating! So very quickly I learned that while my job was going to continue to be IP addresses, and DHCP, and Active Directory… it was also going to be so much more.
Chris will tell you, and I’m sure you’ll hear us talk about it as well. Radio is 24/7, round the clock demanding, and can be unbelievably stressful. But we have so much fun solving the problems, putting the pieces together, and figuring out what makes this thing tick (or not tick… and that’s usually a bad night). I can’t wait to share the humor, tragedy, laughter, and complete confusion that is the radio industry. We are both very much looking forward to hearing from you, and sharing said experiences!