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JOB CHOICES

QUESTION FOR DAN O’DAY:

I have been out of radio for 5 years. I began sending out tapes & resumes in a couple of months ago. I had two part-time offers and I took the one with the most on-air hours (at a station in this Top 20 Market). Two weeks ago I was called for an interview for a small market station located 90 minutes from here) for a full-time 2PM-7PM shift. They offered me the position at 26k a year (lower than I had hoped of course) remotes at $100 for 3 hours and a shift every other weekend (maybe every weekend depending on availability of part-time help). Now I am faced with choosing in between the two positions.

My goal is to land a full time day position in this market. Which position do you think will help me to reach my goal?

DAN REPLIES:

It really is impossible for me to say which choice would be better for you. For one thing, I don’t know how much radio experience you had before your five-year layoff. If you’re already good enough to work full-time in that Top 20 market, then it might well be best to stay there in a part-time capacity and keep your ears open for a fulltime gig. If a realistic evaluation of your current performance level suggests that you’re not quite ready to compete in the larger market, however, then going to the smaller market for a full-time job probably is the smart move.

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