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  • Пт, 01:51: Just finished up a great class in radio broadcasting. Watch out, I'm heading to the airwaves!
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Oct. 16th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
I want to know more about the course in radio broadcasting. Would you be the "on air" person or the broadcaster.

Long, long ago--when I was young--people had radios but VERY FEW, if any, had TVs. I wanted to be on the radio. I had a good voice for it, and a "presence".

I was working for IRS and it was in that context that I did a lot of work. Loved it!
Oct. 16th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
Hopefully I'll be on the air. Not sure of the difference between on-air and broadcaster. If I'm on the air, I'll also be controlling the board.

Did you do radio broadcasts for the IRS? Again, I'm not sure what you're saying. If you were on the air, it would be neat to hear one of your broadcasts or live breaks.
Oct. 16th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
I was really asking if you were on the air, speaking, or controlling the board. I guess that these days, one person often does both.

I never controlled the board. One thing I did a lot of was answer tax questions over the air.
(Answering technical tax questions was my job at IRS.)

Sometimes they were local broadcasts and many times they were network shows that would be all over the country. I did several over PBS.
The first time I did that was on a local commercial station "call in" show that aired from 10pm to 11:30. I was scared to death, but my mentor was there and that gave me confidence. Also, once I started talking it was like answering questions on the telephone and that was a familiar feeling. After that, I LOVED it. I did those shows on both radio and TV. One of the pleasures of my job.

Once, there was a call in show where people all over the country would call the public station in Madison,WI. I was hooked up to them, somehow, and I answered questions and ran some equipment in my dining room. My mentor told me I wouldn't have to get dressed up for that, but I thought I'd be more "on top of things" if I were. I wonder if I have a picture of that stuck away, somewhere.

I also did TV, in those formats, but radio was the most relaxed and comfortable.

Oct. 17th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
That's really neat, Margaret! Wow, what a great story. You have done so many interesting things in your life. You could be on the radio show, Marketplace Money, which used to have a special name for their weekend show. I love that show, but haven't heard it in a couple of years. It's not local, but it might be soon. Also, it has archives online, no doubt. You gotta post pictures of you on the air, if you find them. And yes, it would be great to hear one of your broadcasts.

So tonight, I went into the local public radio station to answer phones for the fall fund drive. But they needed a third person on the air to entice listeners to call in and pledge. They picked me! I was scared to death, as you noted you were your first time, AND my mentor (the station's program director and our teacher) was there controlling the board, like your first experience. So once I got into the swing of it, I got more comfortable. It was a blast. But I need to learn how to pronounce several of the cities in New Mexico. They aren't pronounced they way they look! Surprised I didn't hear of any listeners calling in to complain!
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