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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  • Hi everybody, my name is Troy...

    Great to join DJ's in Recovery!

    Joe mentioned real life nightmares - I have one that happened to me:

    I was doing mornings at Rock 108 in Albuquerque, N.M. They didn't have a reel to reel to record calls (or a delay), and I was giving away a superbowl party. SOP for live calls is to ask the listener to pinky-swear they won't curse or say anything innapropriate on the air. Turns out, only one of us was holding up their pinky. When I asked him "Who's gonna win the Super Bowl, John?" He said, loud and proud" Tha FORTY-FUCKIN' NINERS, CHARLIE!!!!" (My air name was Charlie Walker- Cool, huh?) You can imagine that the rest of my show was STELLAR after that, waiting for the GM to walk in.... Good times!
  • i'm recovered !!! made a list of all the sales reps whose egos i harmed by changing their copy, and then asked god (or the general manager) to remove them for me
  • Oh wow!
    I thought I was the only one to have dead-air nightmares!
    In the studio, no records, no scripts and 2 cart machines dead.
    Chilling stuff!
  • I don't think I'll ever quite recover. I totally missed the last two thirds of the '80's because of being in radio and indulging in it's perks.
  • Joe, those were the days or was it a daze? How about when you had to run down the hall for a bathroom break to have a record start skipping and get stuck in a groove...a the most inconvienent monent.
  • Nightmares were bad enough, but then there was reality...you'd be on the air, talking on the phone and suddenly snap back to what was going on...your record is running out on the front turntable and you haven't chosen your next record yet, so nothing is cued up on the back turntable. Damn!!

    The record ends...you crack open the mic and shout the call letters and try to read a liner from memory while you're reaching over to the front turntable...taking the arm off the spinning record...taking off the record....putting on a new record...trying to drop the needle at the front of the record all while talking out of the side of your mouth.

    You finally get through it, the needle grabs a groove...you intro the song.

    Then.......the HOT LINE rings.

    "Why the HELL were you talking over dead air in the middle of a record-to-record sweep."

    ARGHhhhhhhh. LOL :-)
  • Yes...the dreaded "DEAD AIR" syndrome!!!!
  • Yes, Gregory, that is always my nightmare. My song is running out, and I can't find another record or commercials to play. Of course the records in my dreams are actual records, and the commercials are all on cart. I can't find anything to play and for some reason I am panicked at the thought of having to just open my mic and speak.
  • Yes, amazingly I still occasionally have those same type nightmares too -- and I’ve been out of radio since 1980. Mine usually is that a song is ending and I can't find anything else to play -- no carts, 45's, spots or anything as panic sets in. Nice to see you all here. Do we have a 12-step meeting for us recovery DJ's? Is our version of the Big Book published by Arbitron?
  • Loved those airchecks Jeff! I doubt any station these days would allow such creativity on the air. Not safe enough for share holders.
    Thanks for sharing.
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