Many Hats

Is the manager you work with a “utility person”?

I remember when I moved to small town, America, my boss did it all… But in big city, America, there was much paper pushing and ordering around.

It doesn’t mean my boss in the big city hadn’t done his fair share of utility work in the past, like writing news, anchoring and reporting or being a deejay. But what about production assistant work, sales, promotions, coffee making, kitchen cleaning, you know…

We definitely jump in where we can. If I have an anchor out I get people to fill in, but I also fill in where I can. I’m not trying to sing my own praise here, just wondering, how many others out there, can do it all, if they want to? Or when they don’t have a choice?

Since I’m the hiring manager at my job, I have found there are too many people out there who are not willing to do anything to get into radio, like in the days gone by (the good ol’ days).

At my first job, I was changing out copier paper, writing news, taking dictation from street reporters, erasing carts (remember those?), you name it, I did it. And I loved it and never complained. I offered to do everything, so I could LEARN everything. But now I feel like those days don’t exist anymore. More like, what’s the best new gig for the most amount of money and the least amount of work. So many bail out, when they find out, they have to WORK. What is THAT about?

While radio is/can be super fun, it’s still work and there is work to be done. So how come some out there aren’t as eager as the days of yore?