4 Problems An On Air Personality Struggles With
It's not always sunshine and rainbows working in the radio business. You're not only responsible for representing yourself but also the company you work for.
Being a radio personality can be a walk in the park sometimes and also like a trip to Jurassic Park. Before reaching where I am today, I had to work my way to the top from the bottom. People think being on the radio is so simple when in reality it's actually not. Many assume this gig is just sitting on our a**es while reporting music to you and that we're some sort of a local celebrity. (Insert Buzzer sound effect) Wrong! Every radio personality could relate to this list that shares four struggles we go through.
It's funny to hear people trying to explain that you don't look like how you sound. I've had some friends tell me that I sound butch while others say different. I was once guilty of picturing a certain radio personality different from their actual look. A listener I met for the first time said I sounded wholesome and didn't expect me to have tattoos or a lip ring (which the ring is now retired).
EVERYONE always assumes we get tickets to all sorts of concerts. The sad truth is we actually don't get tickets to every concert. There have been times I had to buy my own tickets to see certain shows. I have either had family, friends, or even both ask for tickets a few times. So to answer your question, no we don't always get tickets when we want.
People think it's easy to hide behind a microphone and just let loose. It's actually more than that since we have to keep your attention and from you changing the dial. You also have to avoid screaming out curse words that could lead to a pricey fine. Some of my close friends can tell when I mess up on the air because of what I do during the talk break.
Some friends can't seem to leave out the KLAQ DJ part when they introduce me to their friends. Instead of introducing me by my first name, they tend to first say what I do and then proceed to my name. The downfall to that is not knowing who genuinely wants to be your friend.