As we grind slowly to a halt on our full time gigs, I've heard several jocks say that they're "just cruising through" on their shows, doing "nothing" breaks, or "This-is-that-was" as we also call it, when a jock back sells a song just played and announces the next one with no added value-a travesty in radio. Some people are feeling discouraged by the very act of doing a show that they soon will no longer have.
I'm experiencing the opposite feeling.
I'm relishing each break, wishing I had more time to really craft
them (which is the problem with this gig-by overworking staff, under
pressure, they are not getting the best product-but that's what
Industrialists do) and I'm working even harder. I want
my last full-time weeks to be the best I can make them. I want
listeners to get the best I've got. I want to enjoy the HECK out of my
I really love doing this.
I won't miss the pressure of being
full-time, I realized with a thrill. I won't miss the mid-week exhaustion from chronic lack of
sleep. I won't miss having to hang out for an hour just do do
production while my animals have to wait to get breakfast
and the cool prime-watering hours of the garden slip away. But I love
finding stuff to talk about and relate to and make jokes about, I love
pulling bits off You Tube to punctuate those bits and I love learning
from my own process as I go.
Weekends for this process will be perfect. I should have decent
material every weekend (I can get 15 breaks even from a slow week) and
I'll have the energy and enthusiasm and rested brain to apply to it.
So I don't feel this is ending with a whimper...more like a relaxed coasting home...