Redundancy

The second half of the year is not a great time of year for people who work in broadcasting. I can speak of two instances in 2010 where colleagues whom I have worked with very closely over the past ten years have had their shows blown up. Another one is about to leave and I'm sure there are more to come.

It's like the big one hitting Wellington, getting fired at some stage in your broadcasting career is not an "if", it's a "when" and most of us are pretty accepting of that.

Being told that the company no longer requires your services is a bit of a kick in the guts, but most times is not personal. "Radio is a dynamic industry..." they say, which is another way of saying, "It's not you, it's me." Fact is, it's usually neither the company or the broadcaster, it's the space between the two that doesn't match any more.

Chances are, someone can do your job just as well as you did, and chances also are, that you'll find another job behind a mic somewhere. The industry is pretty small, everyone knows everyone and unless you're difficult to work with, you'll find your way back in at some stage. If you still want to.

Redundancies and "Radio Stations taking changes of direction" are commonplace around November and December, and in fact, radio industry Christmas parties are often referred to as "The Night of the Long Knives."

I remember one year, The theme, ironically, was "Survivor". Two great broadcasters who were going through the process of redundancy turned up in matching T Shirts that said, "Talk To My Lawyer!" I'm sure the Managers were nervous but the night was magnificent and there was no trouble to be had apart from a young copywriter who tried to dry-hump Jimmy Barnes on stage.

Yes, I have the photos.

I write this blog while on holiday. The kids have got some friends over and are going mad in the paddling pool, I was at Playcentre earlier today and am being a parent help on a kindy trip to the Police Station tomorrow, y'know, the stuff that life is really all about. I've just recorded some voiceovers in our home studio, and got an email which said:

You're not on air, what's the story, you haven't had the arse as well have you?!"

No, Camille and I are just working like bastards at the moment and this week off is for sanity. We're working at Toast Martinborough on Sunday, back on air on Monday. Right now, I'm back to the pool.

4 comments:

  1. You scare me for a min there!! Thought you'd got the chop or something sooo pleased that you havent! The dude on while you off is no where near as good as you guys :)

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  2. well written, so pleased it's not you guys. phew we would miss you too much

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  3. Good to hear you'll be back, Dave!

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  4. Been there so know exactly where you are coming from. Ironically it was around this time of year back in 1998.

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