This year has been the year of reconnecting with myself. Since being out of a “job” since January I have been living a roller coaster of emotions. One thing I have discovered is that I don’t miss radio as much as I miss the people. Radio had been an interesting ride. But now is not the time to return to it. It’s taken me almost eleven months to finally realize that the work I need to be doing is on myself. I have been so unplugged and out of touch.
I had a conversation recently with a former co-worker who is still employed in radio. It’s a rarity these days. My friend asked the question, “Why don’t I have any friends”? I said, “Because you work in radio. You live in a studio all day talking to people in their car and posting stupid crap on Social Media seven days a week!”
As a radio personality or “DJ” you live eat and breathe it. Besides Social Media there is the personal appearances, remotes, club gigs and whatever else you need to do to be out in the public. We are required to be active on all social media all the time. Not just personal social media but also the radio stations. There’s Facebook, Snap Chat, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, YouTube and whatever else that exists. It’s a job that is 365 days a year. It doesn’t stop.
I said to someone the other day that most radio stations today higher “DJ’s” based on how many followers they have on Social Media rather than if they have on-air experience. Sad. But it’s the truth. The point I’m getting at is that now the job doesn’t even require you to have talent. They just want your time and personal life in exchange for pictures of you eating French Fries, some memes and a Gif or two. There’s no time to develop meaningful, solid relationships because of this. Radio personalities have fans, listeners, groupies and acquaintances. Every so often a few of your listeners become your friend, but it’s very rare.
I still love broadcasting but I’ve learned my self-value. I’m not interested in being a slave to Social Media or any company that does not value the time it takes to do the job while I sacrifice friendships and even serious relationships including having a long lasting partner to share my life with. Luckily that is the one thing I do have but almost gave it up for radio. How stupid would that have been? I’m passing the torch to the next kid who wants to be disillusioned with pop drizzle.
I am slowly disconnecting from things that are not important. I started by deleting the Facebook App off my phone so I won’t check it every five seconds. We also removed one of four TV’s from our home. There will be more to go soon. I’m getting back to the basics and embracing friends, family and my higher power in 2017.