A just-for-fun group for former radio announcers that have made the transition to full-time VO, leaving their DJ days behind. What we miss (and what we don't) about being on the air, and working in radio in general. Share your stories!
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  • This is a great idea (like EVERYONE else said!)
    Yeah, the corporations sucked all the life and fun out of radio, now they're wondering where all the listeners (and money) went.
    Broadcast radio shot itself in the foot being greedy, firing creative/programming people and loading up on managers and salespeople. IT'S THE PRODUCT, STUPID! WHAT GOES OUT ON THE AIR!
    It only bothers me about all the great dedicated people who lost jobs in this mess. Michael Powell (Colin's boy) who pushed through the deregulation when he was with the FCC is someone I hope I never meet.
    I've got the stories, too, the "copy on fire," the "mooning through the glass," the "turning off the air monitor when someone went to the john," etc. That's for later.
    The best thing I learned, from the immortal Georgie Woods was when he took me out into the community with him. He was an extremely popular jock on WDAS AM in the late 50's through the 80's and went cruising through a different part of the city every day. He'd be mobbed by fans and he said to me, "These are the people you work for. Screw those ---holes who sign the checks! The people on the street make you. Don't ever forget that." He was right. I LOVED my job - but when we went "corporate" it started to suck and the "suckfulness" increased exponentially with each passing day. Oh well, I'm just sorry the present generation of radio people missed out on the fun. Man, the STORIES! I'm gonna write a book one day!
    Jerry
  • i'm doing both voiceovers and the radio thing. been at the radio station i'm at now for 19 years. started as an intern, hired as a part-time board op, then a part time weekend air shift, then full time overnights, then night time deejay/production director, then part time weekend/fill ins (while i worked at an ad agency), then back to production director... where i am now.

    i'll tell ya the biz ain't what it used to be. too corporate drive now.

    best story i can think of off the top of my head... picking up my paycheck with a coupleof friends, cashing it at the bank, heading to the bar for lunch... and drinks. getting pretty wasted, then realizing at 5:30pm i have to be on the air at 7pm. i don't remember doing that 5 hour airshift, but my aircheck tells me differently.
  • Wow! I've worked mornings, afternoons and "nites" in markets such as; NYC, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. It took me years to stop having the dream about the record fading. Joe was the voice of HOT 105 in Miami when I was there in 1992.

    I have alot of my airchecks archived from 1988-2006 at www.sizzleproductions.com/airchecks in mostly urban, rhythmic and a KISS FM top 40 format. Though I must admit "Rick Party's World" was my internet show in 2006, and I had the most fun in my entire radio career on the show, and Ben Patrick Johnson was my signature voice.

    HERE'S ME at 22 yrs IN DALLAS 18 yrs ago
    Sizzleproductions.com
  • great idea Joe! Here's mine......it was taken at the classic Rock station i was on for 7 years, part time. Did middays (voice tracked) there for 8 months while the regular midday girl was on maternity leave, and I still voice tracked on the CHR-turned-Hot AC station for middays at the same time, in the same market, under 2 different names!!

  • The picture for the group inspired me to try and find the very first picture of myself behind a radio mic. I think we should all search back and post a picture. This is mine. I'm 13 years old and this was my first "home studio." I built it to broadcast to the neighborhood on a radio shack AM transmitter.
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  • This is my kinda group. :-) If it weren't for radio, I'd never been able to get into voice over. Radio was a good friend who supported me through the very lean years of VO.

    Joe Cip
  • Hey Trish nice idea and very entertaining. Well to start with I took the very first radio dj program our high school offered. Merle Pict was the speech teacher and he started this program. It was really fun. He made an interesting statement to the class one day as we were all showing off our skills with playing the latest hits of the Zombies, Turtles and this new HEAVY ROCK group LED ZEPPLIN! This man had insight into the industry to say the least. He told us in class one morning and I can remember it as if it were yesterday..."Country music will be as popular or more popular than rock 25 years from now. That was 1969 and we thought he was smoking something! Well I never did get into being a DJ but I did get into the gawd awful end of the business...radio sales. I was selling for a little station in Waverly, Iowa. Tough business as any who have done this, especially in a small market surrounded by mega stations. Anyway another story is coming on. The station owner had taken on this companies syndicated sports program when no one else would even give them the time of day. This little relationship went on for a couple of years. Then the came the Hayden Fry era for the Iowa Hawkeyes and they were a pretty good football team in the early 80's. Now all the big stations were wanting this companies sports syndicated program and now they wanted to get out of their 10 year deal with this little station and sell up in our area. Al the station owner held to his guns and would not let go. I remember him so mad after talking with this company one day that he yelled out that they were like Judas wanting to sell out for 50 pieces of gold. I yelled back out of my office...Al that was 30 pieces of silver. A moment later came his booming voice with the response of "ya, well I'm taking into account for infaltion!" Al held his ground and it help propell that station onto bigger things in the future. Not with me around though. I got out while the gettin was good.
  • R...r....r....radio? I can hardly say it any more! After 15 years of getting up at 3 AM to cohost morning shows in Seattle, I am happily sleeping in, and like Trish, sometimes stay in my pajamas till 2PM happily working in my studio. I miss "doin' a show", but after my last firing by a misogynistic-midget-with-an-anger-management-problem, 4 years ago, I found that the opportunities and salaries in radio were gettin an a$$-whoopin', so I moved on to do voice overs full time. Glad to be in recovery - I am much less stressed!
  • I started in radio when there were still several small stations alive and well in the metro areas and then evil empires like CBS and Clear Channel came along and swallowed them whole. I worked for small station called, "Cafe 105". We played everything from Bob Dylan, The Replacements, Alison Krauss and Union Station to B.B. KIng! We had a whopping 10,000 watts but it was great fun and good experience. I even did movie reviews and read news. It was owned by one person and he gave us free reign when it came to creativity. Needless to say, this small jewel in Eden Prairie, MN was soon bought out. I then went to work for an alternative rock station as well as a contemporary jazz station. The jazz station was okay but not much fun and the alternative rock station was run by an egotistical number crunching dork who only played "hits" that tested well. I guess that's the way it is at most music stations now but I really didn't want any part of it. I had missed the creative side of radio. Some day, perhaps I would look at reading news for a small station just for fun but days as a full time radio employee are happily behind me. Who knows! Maybe Trish and I will end up doing a radio show together! :)
  • I started in radio in 1969 working in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina. I've worked Top 40, AC, AOR, Country, ARROW, Oldies and Classic Hits. I started out at an AM/FM combo, then worked AM until 1979. From that point on I've only worked FM. I've worked mornings, middays, afternoons and evenings. Over the years I've been production director, music director and program director. Glad to say Pajamas are my work clothes of choice. I left radio about a year ago when we moved to East Tennessee.

    One of my favorite radio stories is about a guy I worked with in the beginning that couldn't figure out why the cue speaker wasn't working. (those of you too young to know...we had to cue up the records)
    He was cussing away and then realized the reason he couldn't hear the cue speaker was because his mic was turned on!

    To me radio used to be fun, but I think the corporations have really sucked the fun out of it for the most part!
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