Radiogurl a la Carte

Monday, Mar. 27, 2006
Whiffle Sniffle and Snyde

Sad to say, sexual discrimination is still very much alive and well in this business, particularly among the good ole' boy bunch. My immediate boss smiles and reminds his silent partners to be silent. Silent partners make some snide and not-always-subtle remarks about the job I'm doing, because I happen to be a girl in a "man's job."

They don't claim I'm not doing a good job in terms of management in general; they just don't like the music I'm playing.

Well, join the club: neither do I. It's why I am constantly tinkering with it. It's not perfect; I've still got a lot of clunkers to remove, still need to do some rearranging to brighten up the daytime hours, and need to dump some odds and ends that, while good, really don't fit the (admittedly eclectic) format.

When I inherited this station, I came in to perform fiscal CPR. This sucker was floundering with an 82-year-old underwriting manager who was ripping us off and a station manager who was only showing up if and when he felt like it. He favored a few of the old advertisers, though he didn't use anything resembling an even hand about it.

The men who ran this station before I got here nearly ran it out of business. Payroll didn't always happen on time. Underwriting announcements were not sold with any consistency at all, either in terms of rates or in contract terms. Sometimes they were sold but not run, but they were billed anyway and commission paid, because the manager didn't keep the bookkeeper apprised.

It was, frankly, one humongous mess.

Since I've been here, I've overseen the bookkeeping system so we now (here's a novel idea) balance and reconcile the checkbook every month and print regular P&L reports (Profit & Loss). Bills are paid on time. Payroll is paid on time. We have the office supplies we need when we need them. When the boss asks how much we're doing in a month I can give him a pretty close figure, for good bad or ugly.

On top of all that, about 25 percent of our unweildy 8000+ song library had no names to the music. None. Zilch. If I was very, very lucky I'd get the name of the album and work back from there. More often I was stuck listening to lyrics and tracking them down on Google, then matching up artists.

To say we had some clunkers in the mix is an understatement. I pulled out one a couple of weeks ago that included the lyrical phrase, "You can keep your shitty job."

(Wheee! Let's see if the FCC can find a new and exciting reason to fine us!)

There have been others; I never paid attention to the lyrics to the words to "Walk on the Wild Side." Among the more famously intriguing lines that were brought to my attention: "But she never lost her head/Even when she was giving head." Yeah, baby... I'm all about getting smacked by the FCC over that oldie I already didn't like. It's fine running overnight, but not at 7 o'hell-it's-early-clock in the morning.

Don't get me wrong. I've got nothing against sex, and I'm not one of those people who believes all nudity is evil. Au contraire, mon cherie! But I am a mother and a grandmother and a manager and I get the whole concept of responsibility and appropriate timing. There's a time and place, and that ain't it.


Pulling back from that tangent. I have worked my butt off and while people are welcome to disagree with me, it had better be for a better reason than because I'm female. Thank God my boss tells me to politely thumb my nose at the naysayers, right after he's done doing the same to 'em.

Both of our silent partners have a lot of years in radio, I'll admit. So do I. And the reality is that radio today doesn't work like radio in the 1960's. If you play 1960's radio today, you might just as well kiss all of your listeners goodbye. They want to turn this station into top-forty radio. Ain't possible, for a whole list of reasons; furthermore, our listeners can get top-forty radio from Phoenix already. Top forty radio also draws a listening audience that skews younger, whereas we're aiming for the real demographics of the area. And our response shows that we're hitting that target.

Okay, sorry, rant over.

I sort of had a voice this morning, though nowhere near a good voice. I managed to record the weather forecast this morning and croak out a couple of PSA's, compiled and transferred tomorrow's schedule, then it was "Buh-bye" for the day and except for a side-trip to Wally World to pick up a vaporizer and a frozen pizza, I headed home. (BTW Dangerspouse, thanks for the offer, but our pitiful wireless network doesn't come close to being ISDN. I'm lucky to get a enough speed to open my mail client and a browser some mornings. This is hicktown radio.)

Snagged from hcatty, who snagged it from SandandFog, but I don't know where she got it!

  1. Where were you when the ball dropped for 2006?
    I was at a New Year's party with MC and my friend M, along with M's family and friends.

  2. How did you get the idea for your profile name?
    This one's kind of a no-brainer for me, I think. All together now: DUH. It relates to some weird job I once picked up...

  3. What song are you playing now, or wish you were playing?
    Not playing anything; not really in the mood for music but if I was, it'd probably be Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

  4. Has the death of a celebrity ever made you cry?
    Not that I can think of

  5. What color underwear are you wearing?
    Mint green

  6. Do you want a baby?
    A baby what? And does it come with catsup or mayo? (Oh, come on - I'm kidding. No I do NOT want a baby. And hold the onion rings, while you're at it.)

  7. What did you do this morning?
    I got up, fixed a bowl of cold cereal and a cup of hot tea, then drove to work. Somewhere in that schedule I got dressed. I think it came before the drove to work thing, though I can't say for sure.

  8. What does your dad do for a living?
    He's retired

  9. Where do you work?
    And another DUH moment here. At a radio station!

  10. What are your plans for the weekend?
    If I make it that long... I have to work Friday night on a live remote; Saturday I promised to go with MC to an art show.

  11. What are the last 2 digits of your phone number?
    Not answering this one, sorry. A little too much information

  12. What was the last concert you attended?
    I think it was the Choral Society's Christmas concert

  13. Who was with you?
    My friend M

  14. What was the last movie you watched?
    Syriana - didn't like it at all, incidentally

  15. Who do you dislike at the moment?
    I dislike anyone who intentionally harms other people

  16. What food do you crave right now?
    Ice cream. In fact, I'm going to fix a bowl as soon as I'm done typing this

  17. Did you dream last night?
    I don't think so. I don't think I slept long enough between coughing fits. *Sigh*

  18. What was the last TV show you watched?
    CNN this afternoon right after I got home from work

  19. What is your favorite piece of jewelry?
    My birthstone necklace my sister gave me.

  20. What is to the left of you?
    The door into the hallway, the vacuum cleaner, and our CD rack

  21. What was the last thing you ate?
    Pizza - the frozen Wally World special mentioned above

  22. Who is your best friend of the opposite sex?

  23. Who last IMd you?

  24. Are you on any medication?
    No prescription meds but I'm taking OTC cold stuff

  25. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
    the far side

  26. What color shirt are you wearing?
    I'm in a blue nightshirt at the moment, and my bathrobe. Does that count?

  27. What color is your razor?
    tortoise-shell brown

  28. What is your favorite frozen treat?
    Aforementioned ice cream

  29. How many tattoos/piercings do you have?
    One piercing in each ear. That'd be it.

  30. What's your favorite store?
    Depends on what I'm looking for. For gifts or decorating: Burlington Coat Factory; for books: Half Price Books. Name an item, I've got a favorite outlet store.

  31. Are you thirsty right now?
    Yeah - so I'll get some tea when I get my ice cream

  32. Can you imagine yourself ever getting married?
    Ummm.... I plead the fifth

  33. Who's someone you haven't seen in a while and miss?
    My oldest son and my daughter-in-law

  34. What did you do last night?
    I camped out on the sofa and wrote in a notebook while MC sat next to me watching TV

  35. Do you care what people think about you?
    Depends on the people.

  36. Have you ever done something to instigate trouble?
    *Whistles innocently*

  37. Do you like your nose?
    No. Way.

  38. What color is your bedroom?
    This sort of linen wallpaper and (ugh) blue carpet. Will be sooooo glad to move!

  39. When was the last time you worked out?
    Worked out? *Snort* You MUST be kidding.

  40. What are your font colors on AIM?
    I left it at default. Hardly ever use it any more

  41. Have you ever kissed a member of the same sex?
    I've kissed my daughters, my mother, my grandmother - but no one female in a sensual way, if that's what you mean

  42. Where do you live?
    In Arizona

  43. Are you an aggressive driver?
    I don't think I'm aggressive at all, but I am an impatient driver. And a directionally-challenged one, at least in San Diego. Ask nicim

  44. Who is your cell phone carrier?
    Again, too much private info. As in, the traceable kind

  45. Do you like the person who posted this last?
    But of course :D

  46. What is across the room from you?
    MC's desk and chair, and my closet

  47. What is the biggest thing you'd want to change about yourself?
    My weight

  48. Where's your next vacation?
    We're taking one day at a time right now.

  49. What do you smell like right now?
    Probably like pizza!

  50. What is your favorite color?
    I like different colors for different things: golds, beiges, purply-aubergines, and dusty greens are among my favorites at the moment.

Whoops... I had to go back and edit before posting this - discovered that I'd typed MC's actual name, rather than "MC"! He's got a pretty unique name; if he elects to write it out himself (assuming he ever writes that diary entry he promised me,) so be it - otherwise, I'm sticking with the acronym.

I'm not tagging anyone for this. Snag at will!

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 - )