Losing a DJ/radio job…

http://gawker.com/5973779/unemployment-stories-vol-21-the-stress-and-fear-is-beyond-description

It’s the third story down.

The rest of the stories are horrible, also.

We are in a terrible mess and nobody sees this, because they are the ones fully employed so there must be a “problem” with the people who cannot find work.

3 thoughts on “Losing a DJ/radio job…”

  1. Did you read the DJ’s story to the end? He says that doing more of what he used to do didn’t help, and so he had to do things differently. There’s a lesson in that for you. You’re living in an area where the best that you can do is $10/hour no-benefits jobs, but you don’t want to give up whatever life that you have for another job in another city. There is a certain amount of safety in living with one’s parents, but that comes at a certain cost.

    When you’re saying that you want to “die” if you get passed over again, I truly want to tell you to seek mental health care, not out of unkindness, but because you may have low impulse control and may be a danger to yourself. Unemployment is a risk factor for suicide.

    Even when the hypothetical situation is as favorable as I can make it (definite job offer, satisfactory salary/benefits package, definite start date, subject to passing the drug test, and now let’s presume that you can have the test done locally at your cost to fulfill that final requirement), you still don’t want the job.

    Even though I have been steadily employed for the last 12 years, I have watched employers shift costs onto prospective employees that in my opinion, should not be paid by employees. This runs the gamut from drug testing costs to relocation costs, and I’ve also seen jobs that would have paid a top salary of about $115K be reduced to jobs that pay at most about $90K. The average pay dropped from $100K to about $80K. These are senior engineering positions in high cost-of-living areas, and along with this, the number of support positions has dropped steadily. They do it because they can.

    Maybe I made a mistake in not going back to my old job and trying to get an equivalent job from there. A benefit of living within 100 miles or so of Washington, DC is that the job market is fairly deep, but my experience prior to leaving for Germany was that a lot of the jobs were “wired” for people leaving the military or that the jobs simply weren’t being filled. I wanted to be doing work where I had a sense of mastery, and I have that now, or at least I will soon. I went back to a job that I did a decade ago.

    Here’s an interesting statistic: two-thirds of the growth in corporate profits between the end of the dot-com boom (which really wasn’t that booming, in my opinion) and 2008 came from wages, salaries and benefits not paid to employees. This comes in a variety of ways: reductions in pay, increased cost of benefits to employees, and other forms of cost-shifting. It seems reasonable to me that the same tactics would be used to the extent possible by small companies as well.

  2. Sadly, radio is yet another job that is drying. As most know, I originally went to college to work in radio and this has been my lifelong dream since I was 3. I used to play my turntable and announce the songs and make jokes and things like this when I was little. Unfortunately the 1996 Telecommunication Act (thanks Clinton!)changed all of this and now long time radio announcers are unemployed.

    1. There’s an old saying about people who have a good voice but are not the most attractive: he/she has a good face for radio.

      The 1996 Communications Act might not be the thing to blame. When was the last time that you listened to your radio at home? It’s been a few months for me. Other media has replaced radio in our homes, and my guess is that the most profitable time of day for radio is “drive time”, which is something like 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. sand 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., depending on where you live. Well over 90% of the listening to the radio that I do is in my car on the way back and forth to work.

      If you read Larry King’s memoirs, he used to work at something like two in the morning to break into radio. Alison Steele, “the Nightbird”, if I remember her handle correctly, did a night shift for a New York radio station in the 1980s. She died a few years ago.

      As occupations move from apprenticeships to something that you learn to do in school, and now requiring a formal credential in lieu of hands-on experience, the market for those jobs gets to be a lot more competitive because more people are trying to enter the field. Glamour jobs like radio can afford to push down what they pay people a lot more easily because people want to be in the field. If you do hazardous waste management like I do, the field is not quite as competitive. No, I don’t spend my days in hazmat suits. It’s a desk job.

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