This week begins my 43rd year as a broadcaster. I’ve had an interesting career … with plenty of fun to more than balance some tough times. My bosses and co-workers have been like yours probably; mostly good people with one or two very special to me.
When I began broadcasting in 1970, the wire services delivered their news copy by land line, through big, black, noisy teletype machines. We went to much quieter printers and then computers. Networks also delivered newscasts by land lines, eventually going to satellites … as did the wire services for their copy. Much of our sound and copy now comes via the Internet.
Computer programs have enabled radio station owners … most of them large corporations … to operate with fewer and fewer live announcers. I would estimate the number of radio announcers has dropped by two-thirds over my 42 years behind the mic.
One thing that hasn’t changed: the thrill of turning on a microphone and talking with thousands of listeners at a time.
Our thought for today is from Paul Goodman:
“Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.”