Recently, one of my co-workers loaned me their copy of your book,
PERSONALITY RADIO. I read it and was very impressed with your
knowledge of this business.
I started over a year ago, and I love this business. I work very
hard at doing the best that I can do, however, the negativity
at the station has been at an all-time high since the new owners
arrived. It is starting to effect me now,also. It is becoming
a chore to get up and go to work.
My PD, who started out as a very positive individual, does nothing
but bitch about not making any money and how bad the station sounds.
One of the other jocks here, who is probably my best friend, is
So I am surrounded by negativity and I do not know how to combat
these external factors. My fiancee told me that I should write to you
since your book is all I talk about.
Thanks for letting me vent my frustrations.
My short reply to your predicament is to say, in all seriousness,
that radio is a crummy life for many if not most of its practitioners.
If you've been in radio only a year, then you still haven't had
time to get a taste of how far you can go in it; perhaps you'll
be one of the lucky ones who manage to make a good living and
achieve some stability in it.
Given the situation you describe at work, your best bet is to
quietly start searching around for a better job at a better station,
either in your market or elsewhere. It's unlikely your PD suddenly
is going to adopt a better attitude. But DON'T tell anyone --
certainly not your PD, and not even your best friend/overnight
jock unless you're 100% sure he'd never, ever let it slip to anyone.
You DON'T want to leave your current job until you have a new