PROMISES NOT BEING KEPT
What do you do when you've got a contract that spells out tools
for the morning show..prep services,voice talents, billboard,
new jingles every year, etc. Your online prep service doesn't
get paid and is shut off.
You ask nice, you have your agent ask nice, you ask more firmly;
bottom line, things don't get done. From my standpoint the only
thing left is to file suit..and who needs that.
I simply can't understand it. I'm #1 or #2 in all of our target
demos. The scary thing is that I've been here seven years, have
acquired great amounts of market equity, and no one is exactly
beating a path to my door.
Add to that alI ever hear is, "Hey, you piss of one company
and you could be pissing off 9 companies. Yet it's obvious that
its not fair. My
agent gets his commission, my owners gets 200% from me..what am
I missing that maybe some other guys have figured out. I'd love
I would think that part a BIG of your agent's job is to take care
of crap like that. And if asking nicely doesn't help, s/he has
to nag, threaten and/or cajole them until it's taken care of.
If it's in the contract, then presumably your agent can politely
inform them that unless they cease violating the contract s/he
will have no choice but to advise YOU that your contract has been
abrogated and that you are free to entertain any and all other
offers of employment.
(When the GM complains to you, you of course respond, "S/he
said that to you??? Wow, he shouldn't have spoken to you that
way. I mean, of course he's RIGHT about the contract and everything,
but he really has to learn the art of diplomacy. I'll tell you
what: You take care of that renewal today, and then when I call
(Agent) to complain about his behavior he'll really feel like
An additional method is NEVER to let the station get away with
"falling behind" in its obligations. Be in the GM's
office every morning after your show, "reminding" the
GM and offering a pen for him/her to write the check, sign the
order, etc. Get the GM trained to think, "Oh, Jesus, I'd
better authorize that Radiostar renewal now before That Damn Jock
gets all bent out of shape."
When all else fails, at contract renewal time estimate all of
those costs and have them added on as part your salary; then YOU
pay those bills when they're due. (They'll be completely deductible,
of course, so it shouldn't cost you any more.)
None of the above, of course, can be accomplished without you
being willing to suffer at least some degree of confrontation...which
most of us don't enjoy.