Houston, we have a problem!
Time for a bit of honesty.
Does your station want the full power of your intellect and creativity, or does it want you to fit in and not question those above you?
Is it more important to do things exactly the way you’re taught or to do something completely original and amazing?
If your PD thinks s/he has found an insanely gifted new talent, is s/he encouraged to hire and develop it, or instead told her job (basically) is to shut up and schedule the music?
When you see obvious, destructive dysfunction in the executive suites of your company, are you empowered to speak truth about it or forced to give it a wink and nod to keep your job?
It’s pretty easy for us to criticize our new President for surrounding himself with “Yes-men” but harder to sit under that spotlight ourselves, huh?
It’s always easier to see the mote in another’s eye than the beam in our own.
You don’t have to be a jerk about it, but if you can’t speak truth to power, I think you’re in the wrong place.
Radio doesn’t have the luxury of suffering fools and playing petty politics to boost egos.
We’re beyond that in 2017.
We need a company that hires the brightest, most creative minds they can find, pays them for the stars they already are, and protects them from the interference of lesser lights.
We need more so-called “difficult” employees who don’t want to settle for mediocrity.
We need to be great, every time that “on air” sign lights up. Every single time.
Who’s up for a little honesty today?
Let’s stop pretending and start performing at the highest level we can, regardless of who gets exposed in the process.