Today is Thanksgiving and I thought it would be good to reflect on some things we should be thankful for working in radio.
Now before you roll your eyes, I know times are tough, not just in our industry, but nearly every industry (glad I don't work for Hostess right now). Radio is still a great gig and sometimes we need to be reminded of a few things to be thankful for.
• We work in radio. We play music and connect with people for a living. Pretty cool.
• We get to go to concerts for free and many times meet the artists backstage.
• We don't have to get up at 5am in the cold pouring rain to collect people’s trash or roof a house when it's 95 degrees in the blazing sun.
• We get to talk to thousands of people each day that think of us as a friend. We have thousands of friends!
• We get to create magic (or at least you should be creating magic).
• We get to listen to music and get paid for it.
• Many of the biggest stars in country music know us by name.
• Our office environment is unlike any other place on the planet. Try working for a lawyer or CPA. Their offices are boring and stale. I've never worked in a radio station where someone didn't have a guitar in their office and played it often.
• Most of us are doing what we've wanted to do since we were kids. I bet most of your non radio friends can't say that.
• Nearly 95% of all Americans listen to radio each week. That's an impressive number. Very few media outlets connect with that many people each week.
• Each day we get to make people laugh, cry and think.
• Every day is different. Perfect for radio people that have ADD...which is most of us.
• We get free tickets to nearly everything.
• Competition makes us all better and radio has a lot of it.
Stay positive and take this weekend to think about all the great things that come with working in radio. There are many.