Tuesday, May. 10, 2005
This Is A Test Of The Emergency Life Network
This week is going a little better, I think. I'm at lunch now, on hold with the cable company to try and get my Internet hooked up. It won't be hooked up until next Tuesday but I at least handled the preliminary stuff today.
It's been absolutely gorgeous ever since I've been here. Temperatures in the upper 60's to low 70's (Fahrenheit) and a nice breeze. Once my Internet is connected at home I'll upload some pictures I've taken.
This will of necessity be a short entry. I will need to get out of here something near on time tonight.
It's been an interesting change of pace to be living at this end of the county. For one thing, I'm not a minority here - don't know if that's good or bad. The southern half of the county is predominantly Hispanic or Native American in demographics. At this end it's predominantly caucasion - which would include me. I have to say that the place is vastly cleaner and I get very different reactions from the strangers I encounter at stores, etc..
My boss (new boss) is happy with me but keeps insisting I don't overwork. He was laughing about it this morning, saying it's the first time he's ever had a manager or employee of any kind who he had to TELL to go home. I am more than happy to oblige, but there are some tasks that I HAVE to do before I leave every night or we go off the air. The process is falling more into appropriate timelines, though. This week I'm getting out of here on time. Yesterday I finished everything about ten minutes before my shift ended. Today I was done about an hour before. Felt pretty nice - if odd - to be off work so early yesterday!
There are only two radio stations here in town and people have already commented (positively) on my professionalism and what little reformatting I've done to the music. I've also updated sponsors and such. Calls are hitting the station but also my boss is getting calls directly and from what I understand they've all been positive. You never know what kind of acceptance you'll receive when you're replacing someone on the air. You might be welcomed and you might not. This is a very different world for me in a whole lot of ways. Among other things, I'm not doing news at all - just an air (deejay) shift on a station driven by alternative music.
Very, VERY different world!!!
The staff, small or not, seems comfortable with me, which is saying a lot. We share the same absurd sense of humor that seems part and parcel to radio personae. Guess you can't ask for more than that, can you?
I need to get some information from the former manager but despite his repeated assurances that he'd come in and help (given that he's supposedly still on the payroll,) nobody's seen hide nor hair of him for several days. Not a huge deal but I would really have liked him to run me through the EAS system (Emergency Alert System - that annoying "if this had been an actual emergency..." network that you hear on radio and TV periodically) and through some password-protected areas. The computer doesn't keep passwords so I'm going to have to get them reissued and pray that the computer never has to have Windows reloaded, because if it does we're SOL.
Well I'd better get myself ready to head out of here. I finished creating some forms so hopefully going forward I'll be able to track what's playing and what isn't and what's being billed. Here's hoping, anyway!
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )