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Date Posted: 22:40:37 12/07/09 Mon
Author: Page
Subject: The inside scoop >>>>
In reply to: Page 's message, "You turn me on, I'm a radio >>>>" on 21:32:17 12/07/09 Mon

Oh, I MISS po'boys! Subs aren't the same thing, no matter what anyone says. Po'boys are subs with attitude.

The Duran Duran thing really happened. Our station secretary, whose name was Ann, actually asked me to that song in the exact same way June asked Sherry. My response was the same. *G* Most 80s music makes me cringe. I never listened to it, even when I had to play it, but I danced my butt off to it. *G* I used to go to this club in Mobile with my friend Jackie, and when we walked in, the DJ would immediately start playing "Turning Japanese" so we'd get out there and dance. LOL!

Back in the day, the radio announcer had to time out the hour. We'd tot up how many minutes of commercials we'd have, and then pick the music. There were always current songs we'd have to play, and we'd fill in with requests (if we liked them! *G*), and anything else we wanted. If there was a live newscast, we'd have to time it out to the exact minute. I was rubbish at it, too, I might add, and usually just talked up to the news. Rare was the occurence when a song would end right when the news began!

Nowadays, a computer does it all. The music director puts all the songs onto the hard drive, the traffic director enters the commercials, and the program director determines when the commercial breaks will occur. The computer then schedules the whole day. If there are too many songs for the hour, it just skips them, and starts the new hour. And network newscasts are never live. They record automatically, and then play back at the scheduled time. Nine times out of ten, the DJ isn't live, either. Before I got out of radio, I could go into the production room and record an entire four-hour show in fifteen minutes. I'd be writing copy, or recording commercials in another room while I was "on the air." It's why I quit. Everything is so regimented now, and there's no room for deviation. Next time you listen to the radio, see if the commercial breaks don't occur at 10 minutes after the top of the hour, 20 after, 40 after, and 50 after. And the weather at 20 and 50. And if there are only three breaks, I'd lay odds they skip the one at 10. *G*

Royal Orleans is my chance to relive the good old days. LOL!

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