Just heard today about the most incredible thing : an Adult Contemporary radio station, last year, gave 2 weeks of holidays to its team for Christmas/NewYear, and replaced them by MasterControl’s automation !
Yes, you read those two words in the same sentence : RADIO and HOLIDAYS ! Ah ah ah ah ah ! I just couldn’t stop laughing.
I know two kinds of radio people : those who LIVE RADIO, and those who WORK in Radio. But holidays are reserved for the second kind ; those who just have a job that happens to be in the broadcasting industry.
But what is LIVING RADIO ?
I had the chance to be part of some radio starts… radios that one day were a project, and the day after were on air… I remember that GM, a Lady, saying with panic in her eyes at the end of the first day of broadcasting : “But… what’s scary… is that now… it won’t stop… never… it started, and won’t finish….”
Yes… that’s precisely the point. Radio is NONSTOP. You prepare a Theater play ? First night, first show. At 22:30, the curtain comes down, and that’s all… until tomorrow. Not in Radio. When you start it… it won’t stop before years, tens of years, or maybe never. And when it does, it’s for seconds, and it’s panic everywhere. Radio IS special. Radio is a SHOW that NEVER STOPS.
I’ve seen drama. I’ve seen disease and death in radio. I’ve seen friends disappearing. I’ve seen DJ’s losing their relatives… and being on air, just for “that next song”. I’ve seen DJ’s spending Christmas on air, hosting, bringing joy and music in the homes of the lonely, while their own family was expecting them at home… I’ve seen people, great people, understanding that radio is A SERVICE OF ENTERTAINMENT.
I have seen people divorcing because their so-called love was not able to understand that radio was a mission. I’ve seen people sleeping in the studio, because no money to take the train to reach home. I’ve seen listeners faint when they were understanding that that guy in the elevator with them was THAT DJ that they were listening to for years on radio.
I’ve seen a guy in terminal phase of his cancer asking for a radio receiver for his hospital room.
Then… there are people who consider it as a job. Just like another job.
Radio is Le Moulin Rouge. And the show never stops.
Ladies, check your pantyhose.