... edited by Barry Mishkind - the Eclectic Engineer
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Getting along with station staff - especially those that are not part of the on-air and tech departments - can be a challenge.
These stories can happen anywhere, not just in radio. However, perhaps they are worth a chuckle or two, as a look at dealing with the human condition.
Exhibit 3 - Restarting the Automation
Years ago, I received a call from the Sunday Morning Gospel DJ saying that the Maestro automation had locked.
I proceeded to tell him to put a CD on and reboot the computer. Of course, I was then asked how to do that. I told him to click on start at the bottom of the monitor and was met with silence. I waited about 30 seconds and asked if that had brought the menu up, but got no response. I called the DJ's name several times before he answered me. I asked him what was wrong and he told me that he could not find "start" on the monitor.
We went back and forth for a few minutes with me trying to get him to move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the monitor and click on "start", but he just could not locate it. I finally asked him to look at the bottom left hand corner of the monitor and tell me what he said. His reply was "JBL."
While trying to hold back the laughter, I merely stated that I would be there in a few minutes and hung up the phone.When I finally go to the studio, I first had to show him the difference between the computer monitor and the control room monitors, the JBL speakers.
Contributed by Robert Combs
Exhibit 2 - I'd been hired to be the
Chief Engineer for the KRKE, what would arise from the old KGGM(AM),
610, Albuquerque. We designed and built new studios, and were
determined to be the #1 rocker in town. A popular jock from KOMA in
Oklahoma City was brought in to be afternoon drive and PD. This guy had
an ego bigger than our entire state. He provided us with no end of
experiences fit for this column.
Contributed by Mike Langner
Exhibit 1 - I had a co-worker who was always more important than others. She would page people, to have them call her. She would never ever dial their extension.
One day she paged me. So, I paged back, "Tom is at extension 136. Always has been."
The rest of the staff picked up on
that, and used it every time. Our Problem person was trained pretty
Contributed by Tom Bosscher