I was able to apprehend a job at a local radio station when I was in High School. I have to admit that I felt it was one of the coolest jobs a kid could have. It didn’t pay much, and believe it or not, it required more responsibilities and checks than most HS kids have in jobs. I stayed in radio for roughly 4 years on and off. I still think it is one of the coolest, underpaid jobs in the world. Here is a taste of a normal day observation back at KRAE/ KRRR; run by the iconic Tom Bauman.
Tom reminded me of the cigarette smoking man on the X-files. He was a strict mystery clouded by smoke. His daughter Brenda, one of the main DJ’s, was my favorite person at the station. She loved my thrift store clothes, that reminded her of her youth. Occasionally she would inform her listening audience on my daily attire.
For a few years, the KRAE family, was my second family. I miss those old days, on the radio. I loved that Tom wanted me on his crew. I watched as the initial take overs of small stations were usurped by larger broadcasting conglomerates, infiltrating one of the oldest local stations in the region.
My how times have changed. Please enjoy this short relic of the past.
P.S. Yes, I worked at a place that still played records On-Air, and our commercials were recorded on to 8 track cassettes. “Digital” was still in it’s infancy.
Silently I sit on a broken stool, in a puke green shag carpeted corner. I hesitate while the stench of stale cigarettes pervades the room.
The addicted man behind the other door, lights a new one, once again.
I am burning out as he hungrily inhales his Cancer.
Music. Good time oldies are playing and melting together as sweepers play in between every two songs.
Dan Rather will soon give his daily report.
The phone rings at just the wrong moment, yet the lady at the control board opens a sandwich bag full of fresh slices of orange. She drips juice down her chin, and my stomach growls.
There is a consistent whir of reel to reel carts playing KRAE commercials.
The lady eating oranges says it is my turn to play.