DEALING WITH NEGATIVITY
QUESTION FOR DAN O’DAY:
How do you deal with negativity at the station? I work for a PD and
GM who seem to think they can do no wrong...and that the rest of
the staff should be perfect like them. And a week doesn't go by
that they don't make some kind of negative comment, either to you
directly or to others in your absence.
A couple of months ago the PD was talking to a sales rep in the
control room and I walked in without him knowing, and as soon as I
did he told the sales rep he wish he could get rid of every on-air
announcer because they stink. Well, he offered no apologies and
seemed quite proud of what he said.
Like I said, this happens at least once a week. The GM has said that
we (the air staff) are killing the station. The first thought that pops
in my head is to quit. Is there any way to just keep on trucking along
or should I look for a another job? They are hard to come by where I
live. I've even thought about approaching the owner with the
- If the PD thinks the entire air staff is terrible and the GM
believes they are killing the station, I'm wondering: How
competent are the people who hired the air staff?
- They're not going to change. If working for them makes you
miserable, find another job.
- Do not quit your job until you have another one all lined up.
- If you want to pursue radio as a career (rather than as a job),
you must be willing to consider relocating to another market.
- Approaching the owner will do one thing: Get you fired.
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