Hbee Inc. Radio is done. Gone. Finished. And I can honestly say that it’s my own decision.
Three times a year, WMFO remakes the on-air schedule. Ostensibly, they do this because students leave the school, students get kicked off the air for not showing up and, IMHO, just to fuck with people.
The new schedule just came out. They changed my Thursday from 6pm to 7pm to Saturday from 10pm to midnight. Thanks, but no thanks.
Here are the issues –
First, and most selfishly, I deserve my slot. As noted previously, for six weeks running, I brought the station up at 6pm, usually for the first time in the day. After I brought the station down, it stayed down until the next day. That’s one hour out of the twenty-four. Probably, I shouldn’t have bothered since the chances of anyone listening approaced zero but I did and call me a martyr or whatever you want, but I want a pat on the back for it. Not a new time slot.
Secondly, the kids miss one crucial fact. Non-student DJs have more structured lives than students. That means jobs, families and other adult things. Our schedules are set. We don’t take a new class load. Our class load stays the same day in and day out unless we get fired or quit our jobs. Stability, then, becomes an issue. I’ve had four different slots at MFO. Every time my schedule changes, I’ve got to rush around and change everything else. Yes, that’s life in the city. I understand that. But –
Thirdly, who doesn’t like routine? I know that when I jump in the car and turn the radio that Bill Bennet will spout right-wing bullshit until I get home or change the channel to Morning Edition droning on or the Coffee House on ERS. These shows stay the same. People depend on them. The kids, though, see very little upside to keeping programs consistent. I’ve had friends ask me if I’m still doing the show because management decided , on what can only be a whim, to switch it to a different day and time.
Fourthly, why the need to fuck with community members? ERS stays on pretty much the same programming because new students apply directly for established shows. (I’m making an assumption here, but it feels like a pretty sound one). When Dolly graduates, Jeffy applies to do The Playground with the understanding that the show plays children’s music. MFO doesn’t work that way. There are no standardardized show, except for maybe On The Town, that I know about. Fine. But if the kids have flexibility and the community members don’t, why not standardize the slots for community members and plug the kids shows around that? This doesn’t mean the community members get all prime slots. I can think of only one community member that wants to take over the station and it’s not me. BUT –
Fifthly, community members keep the station going during the breaks. This is the best part for me. See, MFO is soooo committed to excellence that they don’t care if a DJ goes home during the break! They don’t even ask! Why should they? It’s only dead air. It’s just a hobby and not a real radio station.
Finally, I could live with all of this if, during DJ meetings, they didn’t incessantly talk about how they’re planning on making MFO a force in the Boston music scene. What utter bullshit. All the money spent on goody bags and banners don’t mean shit if the station is NOT ON THE AIR. At the past meeting, they announced that they’d give out small amounts of money for DJs to advertise their shows.
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For what? So that I can spend a nice chunk of time writing, designing and printing flyers for a show that will change times slots in a couple of months? For some kid to spend the money and realize that doing radio is drag and stops showing up at the station?
Anyway – that’s that. I’ll probably feel remorseful in a couple of days. I loved doing the show and the freedom to playing whatever the hell I wanted in whatever the hell order I wanted to. A Jimmy Swaggart hymn followed by “Let the Good Times Roll”. “Friggin’ in the Riggin'” followed by “Pour o pour the pirate sherry” from The Pirates Of Penzance. It was a great, great show. And I’ll miss it.
But not the MFO bullshit.