Monday, July 27, 2009
RADIO IS AN ADDICTION
Hi my name is Chuck, I'm a radio-holic (Hi Chuck). Can you just imagine a 12-step program for radio freaks. We would have the blue book written by Bill (Drake). It would outline ways to overcome our addiction to the wireless and the showbiz and entertainment part of it we love. We would go to meetings in the basement of the First Church Of Christ at 7p on Wednesday nights. We would start with the 12 steps and 12 traditions of radio. You can see the irony between alcoholism and radio. We are addicted and powerless over radio. As much as I want to find another position and parlay my radio and programming experience into it, it's difficult. When I sit in interviews for positions not with a radio station and far from it, I think to myself, Why can't I be talking to a Market Manager about how his morning show needs help or how to produce great imaging? Speakers at the meetings would be great, they would talk about how their addiction to radio and their lives mingled and crashed through the hour glass of their lives. Stories of moving from town to town, up and down the dial. How their lives were affected by firings and ratings, managers and program directors. The bigger question here is, do you want to stop the addiction? Is your higher power, what we called "the ratings Gods?" We will never be able to stop it, just like an addict is powerless over narcotic or alcohol addiction. But we can manage it.