My blog used to be called "Adventures in Management" because I felt like I spent most of my time moving from one crisis to the next.
I was talking to a local business owner (not in the radio industry) who was trying to get a response from another local business via email. "Several emails over 2 years have gone unanswered", she said, my response, "did you call?" Crickets. Then "I don't even know if I have his phone number". Is this a "Millennial" thing (man do I hate that label)? Emailing and texting, not calling.
I've had some very interesting phone calls with people. Many end the same way, can't get the right person on the phone, or I do. Then it's the sales part of the call. Some say, meh, not interested, or ya, send me a demo. But what do you do when they ask you, wait for it... to SNAILMAIL it? They actually say, can you mail it? Wait... what? What is this Snailmail you speak of? Then it's barked at me, "I don't do email"! MMMMMMMMMMkay, that's cool. Don't you wonder if I Snailmailed it?
Another school shooting and what do the networks do? They rush to figure out, who's the shooter? Why did he do it, what's his religion, skin color, family status, etc. Then they plaster his face EVERY WHERE YOU LOOK. The pundits come out of the woodwork, this one with a psych degree, this guy who used to be a professor of English (one was killed last week), and someone who's pro-gun rights, etc. What does any of that matter in the scheme of things. Time fill.
Someone I hired and fired, got hired and tried to fire me.
Within about 2 weeks of things really rolling I found out I was being cyber-stalked. Turns out there was a solo anchor, excuse me, "Senior Anchor" (Sr. for simplicity), already in place. (And I am not one for titles, the name of my last company was "Whatever", it really was!) Plus, I thought, I can have personal views that don't spill into my work on social media, and the Group PD seemed to agree. But when I say it never stopped… for 18 months, IT.NEVER.STOPPED. From that first day after I found out Sr. was Googling me, peeling down my Facebook and lurking at LinkedIn too. If I looked at the same (to try to understand this fascination), they reported ME as stalking them. What in the actual ….?
My printer is wireless and wouldn't work with the new router. Something I thought would take all of 2 seconds to look for the new wireless router took 5 hours. Why?
It's getting harder and harder to do this job. Wake up and smell the murder. Today's headline: "Two people dead, two wounded and 19-year-old suspect jailed in bloody Laytonville attack."…
After you work in news a while, you become numb to reality. Last week while sitting in my home office writing news, my son ran upstairs to tell me there…