Radiogurl a la Carte

2004-02-18
It's a Dirty Job But Nobody's Gotta Do It

I gotta get another job.

No, I'm not disillusioned from years of dealing with equipment failures, tempermental computers and even more tempermental deejays, deep layers of political BS, a paycheck that's a little smaller than the allowance I got when I was a kid, disgruntled people getting in your face for reporting/commenting on them, and months and months of pushing the limits of that '24/7 on call' clause in my tacit contract.

I'm just too flipping tired to lift a finger.

Okay, the allowance masquerading as a paycheck is a consideration. Not the only one, believe it or not. I worked for seven years at a 'conventional' job for the phone company and for all the difference in money, it's not worth it to have ulcers and work in a building that's certifiably toxic - but if you leave you're fired.

And when I say toxic, I'm not only talking about the management (which is another issue). I mean a building where, when a section of the roof collapsed, there were over 100 people who became ill from god knew what that fell through with the asbestos and fiberglass insulation. And I don't mean upset stomachs or other things that are tough to qualify. I'm talking about skin rashes or - in my case - temporary blindness and swelling of my brain. I had inflammation INSIDE my eyes. I made medical history, because the specialist had never seen anyone with that particular combination of problems.

So you see, I'm not inclined to go back to work for big business any time soon.

Which leaves me a few other possibilities. I have talked about buying a radio station. I am looking at this from a practical perspective. I know the business, granted. I know what I'm doing and I like what I do. In spite of that, I'd consider owning a station if I can get the money together and can get through the beaurocratic red tape with the FCC. But there's no way I'll do it without some decent personnel, people who are competent and trustworthy.

I have a few who've already said they'll sign on if I am the owner. Nice vote of confidence and they've all worked with me in charge, so they do know how I handle things.

But a radio station is NOT a cheap operation. It requires a lot of capital up front and requires a heck of a lot to keep it operating, even without personnel costs. If I purchase a station that's gone black, I still would have to move into a new area and build rapport with listeners, with advertisers, with news sources - while supporting myself and my employees. It can be done, but that means I'm right back where I am now - living on no money and working 80+ hour weeks, only now I'm also responsible for employees.

Tell me again how that's good?

I can go to work for another company, large or small, and put in too many hours and do a job I hate. I can cultivate another ulcer and God knows what else. And probably still have to move.

Ummm... No.

Alternative #3. Go into business for myself, just not in the radio business. While I do like my job in radio, I think a lot of what I enjoy about it is my autonomy. I can have that with any business where I'm the owner. It doesn't mean I will do that, but it is a consideration. Of course, in order to do that, I will still need startup and operating capital, and with my present salary, it shouldn't take me more than a couple of millennia to save up.

Final alternative. I can stay where I am for the time being and rig the lottery.

Sounds like a plan to me!

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 - )