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Snafu on my part....sorta
October 03, 2002 11:28
I feel a little bad right now. Not TOO bad, just a little. A radio station was going to feature me this morning, but because of bad timing on my part, I missed their call. Originally they were going to call me around 8 am, but since I had problems with my phones yesterday I told them to postpone it, but then later got the problem fixed and said I was still good to go. I supposed they would still call at the same time. And since I was ready for 8, I was busy getting ready at 7:16 when they called and couldn't answer the phone immediately.
I talked with someone at the station shortly afterwards, I even tried calling in, but they only have voicemail on the number I had, so I couldn't let them know that I was still good to go. Fired off another email to let them know what was happening, but all I got was a message that they were going to pass since I messed up the show.
Now, I'm not in radio, but I understand enough about the business that they have pretty ridged schedules. But I also understand that the world is a dynamic place, and nothing ever stays the same. The most perfectly planned out schedule will change, in any business, but especially in live media culture. News breaks all the time, people call in, radio personalities need the ability to think on their feet and adapt quickly and smoothly to any situation. I've listened to radio for years. I can't tell you how many times I've heard them make sudden changes because a phone line isn't working, or a cell phone blurps, or an Amber alert comes in. Do these things "mess up" a DJ? Yes, I know I'm being an armchair quarterback about this.
I still say its my screwup. Had I been up earlier, this wouldn't have been a problem. I don't know for sure who benefits more from something like this. I get free publicity, they get something to entertain their listeners with for 10 minutes. I didn't manage to hold up my end of the bargain. I was ready 3 minutes later, but apparently by then it was too late, not that I really had anything I could do about it at that point. I'll just have to plan to be up and ready to go at 5:30 every morning for now on, lest I miss an opportunity like this again.