I’m a radio announcer; I record, produce, edit and assemble programs and promos, operate the mixing board live sometimes (the stations are 99% automated), and work on the daily playlist to make sure things happen when they’re supposed to. I take other peoples’ work and essentially make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. I also restore old recordings, transferring them to digital format and removing all extraneous noises and anomalies and saving the newly pristine results on CD.
I’ve wanted to work in radio since my voice changed from boy soprano to deep baritone. I discovered Top 40 stations when “personality” disc jockeys were the norm. They were extremely tight operators and funny people with hilarious bits. That’s what I wanted to do. Radio doesn’t sound like that anymore, but I understand it, know it and love it.
I was a starving musician for 25 years, too. Keyboards, bass, drums, guitars, recording. This means that I also did dozens and dozens of other jobs for money to eat and pay rent.
And hey, this was my four thousandth post!