Big deal says the average broadcaster! To these kids though, some of which 6 weeks ago had never even set foot in a radio studio, it IS a really big deal.
I’ve been working them pretty hard this week, they’ve been learning how to use the computer system and broadcast desk while at the same time engaging their brain and voice. Not an easy ask! By the end of the semester though, round December, they’ll hopefully - the ones that want to be announcers anyway - have a polished sounding CD to present to future employers.
Now, I only teach studio and announcer skills, but my wife is always amazed that I spend more time talking about what my students did that day at school than what I did on air at night. She’s right, I do! As a tutor, that moment when someone ‘gets it’ is phenomenal. When someone improves on what they did last time, you really do swell with pride.
I’d almost forgotten after 15 years or however long I’ve been doing this radio business how tough it was to break into the industry and learn the skills in the first place, it wasn't easier or harder back then, just different.
As an aside I had a caller tonight asking what album #9 Dream by John Lennon was on. She was genuinely shocked when I started typing “john lennon” discography into Google instead of looking for a non existent CD in the back of the studio!
FYI: There are no CDs anymore – there are CD players but they’re not used very often. There are certainly no records. The music and the ads are ALL on one computer with two screens. To make each song / ad play, we press the F9 key. Yep, all this computer work and I'm still crap at typing.