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Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005
Juggling Acts

One more day until the weekend! Hallelujah... It's been a long week already and I am more than ready for a little kick-back-and-be-lazy time.

Now that about half of Diaryland is at Poolagirl's place for JournalCon, it's quiet around here. I'm glad for the folks who got to go, some of whom are long, long overdue for a real vacation. Besides, it's my turn next month, when (barring catastrophe) I'll be there Thanksgiving weekend to check out her play! What's more, the plan is that Nicim will be going with me and making it an all-girl road trip. Whaddya think? Thelma and Louise ride again?

There's a change afoot at the radio station where I work. Or maybe it's just changes a-hand. A couple of things have happened and some are in the works. We no longer stream our broadcasts, unfortunately - the town had been hosting our streaming and it chose to discontinue. There have been a lot of complaints, though, so they've talked about changing it back. There are other considerations for the town, as well; they're still streaming music on that frequency but they are NOT paying the music licensing fees to do so.

I'm in a constant process of expanding and updating our music rotation. I talked to the station owner and let him know I want to start folding in some current adult-contemporary tunes, while still holding onto the oldies feel. Unfortunately I am NOT all that familiar with current music. I know a few names of artists, but am going to have to start researching to get a feel for who's who and start tracking down their music, then format it in.

Our format is coming along; it still isn't great. It's not that I don't know how to format - it's that our software, while still a vast improvement over what we had before, is still not conducive to the creation of a good mix. I am getting too many song repeats too close together, even though supposedly the software does force separation. I'm normally doing manual scheduling for my hours, but the past couple of days I have been training someone else to do the scheduling. Until she has a firm grasp of the basics, I'm not going to futz with finessing the music. Once she's more comfortable with the process, we'll talk mixing it up better.

Formatting a radio station is a challenge (and then some.) You start with a basic genre: top 40, oldies, country or jazz, for example. But from there, you want to be sure that your music varies as much as possible within that genre. You also want to be sure that you don't have artists/songs repeating at intervals that are too close together, nor that when they DO repeat, it's not in the same time frame. Breaking it down a little further, you want the tempo to vary. You don't want a full hour of funeral-dirge level songs. All upbeat all the time gets old, too. So you want a fair mix, emphasizing certain points in the hour.

There should also be a mix of time frames - even if you're playing oldies, for example, you don't want a solid hour of 50's music. If you carry stuff from the 50's through the 70's, you'll want your hour to mix it up.

Those are just SOME of the considerations when formatting a radio station. Putting all of those things together, editing your playlist content for which songs within your genre you actually want to play, mixing familiar with new, figuring out a progression that flows rather than clunks... Well, you get the idea.

I know I didn't say anything more about the guy I met for coffee the other night. There's a reason for that. I don't know what to make of him. He's extremely good looking, apparently stable, intelligent and articulate. He's one of few men I've encountered who seem to be more verbal than visual in his approach to the opposite sex, which is kind of uncommon. I was prepared to dismiss him, in fact, because while he's certainly attractive, I didn't get the sense that there was any real exchange of sparks when we met. His subsequent communications hint otherwise, so I'm sort of taking a wait-and-see approach.

I'm still talking to a couple of other guys (excluding StylistWhoIsn'tGay, who is another one I most definitely can't figure out.) One man has no vehicle and is about to have no Internet and lives in another city. He asked me to carry things over to snail mail; this is the same person who wanted me to drive to the Valley and drive us all over creation - on my dime. I'm thinking the answer is succinct: NO.

I guess I still don't do the whole dating thing very well. Too many things I just don't get. I'm hearing from a third guy who's kept up a very verbose email exchange. He's intelligent and we share some interests, but it's honestly more a chore to keep up with him than it is any real interest on my part. Plus he lives in Tucson, and neither of us have volunteered to meet. Heck, he hasn't even expressed an interest in a telephone conversation.

I'm fighting the urge to withdraw again, but at least this time it's from boredom, not from hurt. Yeesh. About the only one not boring is Attractive Guy. I can't complain there, though honestly I feel a little outclassed with him. Maybe that's why I missed any sparks - when I thought he was this little short, rounded teddy bear of a guy I was comfortable with talking to him. Meeting him and seeing someone else entirely sort of put me off balance.

I'm even boring myself here. Guess that means it's time to sign off and get back to work.

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 - )