Radiogurl a la Carte

Wednesday, Aug. 03, 2005
Poll Dancer

While I'll be putting in an entry this morning, chances are it'll be at least Friday before I'm here again. T was here last night, I'll be driving after work this afternoon to him, and he'll be back here again tomorrow.

I chuckled - for my friends who swear by astrology, I think we're the quintessential OPPOSITES of the signs under which we were born. I'm a Sagittarius, in theory the traveler and adventurer. He's supposed to be a homebody who doesn't enjoy heading off into the wild blue yonder, yada yada. We're not supposed to be particularly compatible, by the way.

Facts: he's the wanderer, traveling with his work. I'm the homebody. And so far, if we were any more compatible we'd probably kill each other.

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting to get to see him this frequently. I'd resigned myself to a long-distance relationship (we live a couple of hours apart) that entailed time together perhaps every few weeks, interspersed with emails and phone calls. T let me know he isn't going to settle for that, which suits me to... well, a T. Though in all honesty, depending on several factors, there will probably be times we don't get to see each other for a little longer intervals, thanks to his work schedule. I'm learning some of the whys and wherefores of things that concerned me before and in this context, everything makes perfect sense.

The one problem I foresee as a legitimate issue is the timing of work schedules. There will be times he's in places where driving to and from here will be impossible. Arizona is a fairly large state in geographical terms, sixth-largest in the USA at 114,006 square miles. There aren't a lot of population centers in the state and more than a few of them are on the opposite side of the state from me.

Here's hoping that I can get my windshield wiper blades changed out today - I have new ones but haven't figured out how to replace them. I've replaced wipers on other vehicles, just trying to figure out this specific setup. Yesterday Payson got deluged about 3:30 in the afternoon and we're expecting more of the same today. I'll be driving in a too-many-days-without-sleep daze and staying in the mountains the whole way this afternoon, and really don't need the added complication of not being able to see through a downpour.

I'm so nearly asleep this morning I literally didn't know what day it was. I've had marathon days every day since Saturday, darn it, and it's catching up with me in a big way. I may have to break down and take an hour nap before heading out this afternoon, or risk wrecking en route.

I've been on a rip-a-thon at work - that is, ripping in new music. I think I've added another 200 songs this week and just sent out for more. I'll be dropping probably another twenty into the mix today. So help me, if our software doesn't separate the artists and songs it won't be for lack of choices!

I guess you know you're successful in this business when someone calls in a request that stumps you - it means I've been doing a fairly good job of expanding our music, because the public perception is that we've got more music than we actually do have. Of my last two song requests this morning, I've definitely heard one before (by Three Dog Night) - the second one only sounds only vaguely familiar (by Ronnie and the Ronnettes.) BUT when you start getting requests like that it says both that you've got some serious listeners and that we're building a reputation as a music station. Phone requests are always a good sign that folks are listening.

My memory's getting a workout and a half, though - every time I think we've got pretty much everything covered, I discover another glaring omission. I just added a bunch from Chicago, Billy Joel, the Carpenters, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, all in the past couple of days. We had NO Billy Joel, NO Carpenters, and were missing some significant pieces from the others.

I'm considering a subscription to one of those "download-for-99-cents" places so I can get some of these songs more timely, truth be told. As it stands now I can get most of the music from my afternoon guy's collection at home. He does parties, etc. I'm an anomaly by the fact that I've never done deejay work EXCEPT on the radio. Most folks in this business do farm out their deejay skills nights and weekends.

I'm curious - anyone who reads here, I'd love to hear from you: what are some of your favorite oldies songs? I'm game for any era from Frank Sinatra through Culture Club. (How's THAT for musical diversity?) Chances are we'll have your favorite already but I've discovered some gaps precisely because folks have called in requests. As soon as I DO pinpoint a hole in the format I will move mountains (rhetorically speaking) to fill it.

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 - )