I Am An Open Book
I am an open book. Notice that I didn't say a "good" book, just an open one. I mention this because the issue came up last week when I was asked to answer some questions about being a radio guy for a student's career project. What does it take to have a career in radio? Good question. Let me know if you figure that out and please let me know.
Oh, that's right. I am a radio guy and have been for twenty-nine years now. Yikes. I'm supposed to know already. I hate it when that happens.
Truth is, I do know what it takes to be a radio guy and I've proven that having a good voice isn't one of those things. You also don't have to be terribly smart (something else I prove every moment I'm awake). But, the one thing that is required is be willing to open yourself up and allow listeners to roam around in the shallow thoughts of your mind. Sound kinda gross? It can be.
Funny thing is I tend to be a very private person. That's why it's always been a challenge to let so many others "in". But, (for me anyway) radio has always been a relationship with the listeners. Many have allowed me into their homes, cars, dinner tables, you name it thanks to the magic of radio and I sincerely appreciate that privilege. That's why I try to always reciprocate and allow the personal side of me to be "out there". I always answer Facebook messages (personal and private) pretty much all hours of the day and night. And, I always try to be honest even if people don't like the answer :)
If you happen to think a radio career is something you want to pursue (and don't mind living on macaroni as a meal...repeatedly), I wholeheartedly endorse it. But, I'll tell you right now you better be prepared to open up. It's scary, but worth the effort.