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QUESTION FOR DAN O’DAY:
I recently attended your INTERNATIONAL RADIO CREATIVE & PRODUCTION SUMMIT and loved every minute of the proceedings. I've been working in Christian radio for a short time. It's not your typical DJ job, but I've found it to be a great radio starter job. How do I make the jump into mainstream radio when the day comes that I'm no longer working at (Station)?
Develop your reputation and contacts within the radio world at large. The Summit, for example, provided a good opportunity to make new friends and exchange business cards. Submit your work and/or articles to Radio And Production magazine. Volunteer to be on panels at radio conventions. Get yourself mentioned frequently in trade publications (e.g., Radio & Records); the "secrets" for doing that can be found in our RADIO SELF-PROMOTION: GUERILLA TACTICS FOR JOCKS & PDs audio seminar.
In other words, become a known commodity within our industry BEFORE you need to look for work.