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Radio=Hobby

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:55 am
by thelegend
I had a GM friend of mine ask me why is it so hard for him to find a good afternoon talent? He said all they want to do is do their show and leave. I told him this:

When you pay 23,000 a year and no benefits or even part time wages in most cases people will have to carry two jobs (or more)

So when a GM/PD offers 23K and wants afternoons live and voice track the sister station plus production and appearances good luck finding and keeping good people.

Wake up radio it's 2015!!!! :!:

Re: Radio=Hobby

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:34 pm
by dwc151
This again?

The radio jobs paying that little are beginner jobs. Like any other beginner job, they pay poorly. Sorry if no one will pay you six figures to talk 2 minutes an hour anymore, but that's just the way things are.

Re: Radio=Hobby

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:08 pm
by thelegend
Beginners wages? Tell that to people in big markets Like Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia that use to make a livable wage 45K plus...Veterans are being paid 10 bucks an hour in these markets. Don't tell me BEGINNERS wages! :o

Re: Radio=Hobby

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:14 pm
by thelegend
Oh by the way I retired several years ago. My last job I was making 50K. THAT job now pays 15.00 an hour. 10 years ago I was making 80K. That job now is paying 30K.

No I don't expect to get paid six figures for two minutes of talk an hour. Then again I did much more personality than that and yes I got paid six figures.

Re: Radio=Hobby

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:39 pm
by danno
I've been out of radio for just over 6 years, laid off due to the economy, i would have starved and been homeless had i continued to look and wait for a job in radio because the jobs were Rare, and what jobs there were paid a fraction of what i needed to stay afloat, instead i became self-employed outside of radio, and my income has more than Tripled what i made in Radio. but i always missed Radio, so Now i am Able to Afford a job in Radio as a Hobby, and 6 months ago i got one that pays nearly nothing! but there's No Pressure because i can walk away if it doesn't thrill me anymore and i won't be living in Tent-City. i'll continue my business but i can satisfy the Love i have for radio as long as i continue loving it. Radio=Hobby? maybe its the New Normal.

Re: Radio=Hobby

Posted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:17 pm
by thelegend
Agree Danno!

Re: Radio=Hobby

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:36 am
by pine
Bookem Danno. You're so right. These board ops call themselves radio announcers. Gimme a break. Very few personalities remaining in the business. No liner cards when I started way back when. We talked after every song. Radio was fun, it was business then but when Clear Channel started eliminating positions, it was all bottom line. now everyone is following suit. I think working for a Mom and Pop station has more security than being with a multi station group. Danno had it right about salaries also. That's all.

Re: Radio=Hobby

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:47 pm
by danno
Pine, you are Correct there are virtually NO Personalities in radio any more, Morning Shows had More personality when there was One Person! what passes for "Personality" is 4 or 5 people laughing at Themselves and talking and Talking about Nothing, AND doing it for 4 hours Non-Stop. and THAT my friends would be EVERY Syndicated Morning show i've Ever heard. "in The Day", and i don't know WHY it can't be done TODAY, guys like Larry Lujack, Charlie Tuna, Robert W. Morgan, Dan Ingram and lots of others worked ALONE and Made a show that was filled with PERSONALITY- and MUSIC! instead of Mindless Inane Non-Stop Chatter, that is neither Funny or informative.

Re: Radio=Hobby

Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:25 am
by jjenkins
Radio is a hobby? I guess, maybe. But why? It doesn't even seem like a fun thing to do anymore. You don't choose what music you play and can't say what you want to say. How is that fun exactly? And don't say ego boost, because no one is listening anymore. And if they are listening they don't care.

Re: Radio=Hobby

Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 7:18 am
by winterwest
Radio as a "Hobby"? I'm all for it!

Especially after losing the ability to pull off a full time on air position to throat cancer. I've spent the last ten years owning my own 1hr weekend travel/entertainment/culinary show that generated tons in travel, shows, kitchen appliances and on and on. Some of it was "stuff" that I would have ended up spending money on anyway, some of it was experiences I wouldn't have been able to afford or have access to any other way but by being a member of the media.

Radio as a hobby? Sure...can't make much of a living at it anymore.