TAKE THE BOARD OP JOB?|
QUESTION FOR DAN O’DAY:
"I am currently working at my first on-air gig at
a tiny station that only competes with some hillbilly's
CB radio. I love the business and I know you have to pay your
dues, but this place works like no other station i have ever seen.
I have an offer to work part-time at a Top 30 market station.
It's a button pushing board operating position with some
production work - but it's a REAL station. Should
I leave the full-time, on-air gig at a place I detest or take
my chances at the Top 30 station? Essentially, I'd be doing
less at a bigger station. I want to go as far as I can. What's better - a board op at a Top 30 or full-time on-air at
a station that doesn't exist in the professional world?"
Let me rephrase your question:
"Which is more likely to lead to a better, full-time on-air job
than the one I presently have?"
And my answer is: Your present job.
You won't improve at all as an air personality if you're a board op (regardless of the market size).
(If your goal is full-time production, then I'd say take
the Top 30 job if it does include regular production work. But
my sense of your letter is that your true goal is on-air.)
Log all the on-air time you can at your present, lousy station.
But don't do it on auto-pilot. Use every moment there to
practice, experiment and improve. Constantly aircheck yourself
and diligently save great (or even good) moments for possible
use in a future job tape.
If you're better (or potentially better) than the place
where you're currently working, use it as a stepping stone
to a better station in your market...or to a bigger market (even
if it won't be a Top 30 market).
P.S. Every contact you make with someone in our industry
reflects on you as a professional. I respectfully suggest that
you will better your innumerable "first impressions"
if you take the time when writing a letter (even an e-mail letter)
to capitalize words where appropriate - e.g., the word
"I," the first letter in a sentence, etc.
From your sentence structure, it's obvious that you are
literate...which leads me to assume that the only thing that prevented
you from making a better first impression was laziness. (I truly
am not wishing to insult you. I am offering an unsolicited piece
of advice that might be of some help to you during the rest of