The time has come. I’ve been at DC101 (and 6 other Clear Channel radio stations) for just about 4 years. But it’s over. I’ve resigned. My last day is December 28th. It’s kind of sad and I will miss my 2nd family in the radio biz. However it’s quite a relief and I am very optimistic for my future.
I accepted a position with the Department of Transportation in DC. I’ll be working as a Marketing Specialist for one of their smaller divisions dealing with scenic highway preservation. Some travel and grant review process is even involved. In fact my first trip will be to Utah just after the 1st of the year.
It’s a pretty drastic career change, but I need it. I’ve been developing and designing websites for almost 10 years and I’ve become completely burned out on it. It’s time for something new.
Last week we got an email from our PD about coming in this morning at 7.30am. It was pretty odd. Typically when there’s a big announcement it’s during the day and it’s in the conference room on the 4th floor. This time it was at the station. It was all just very peculiar.
It didn’t help that there were all these rumors going on. DC101 was going to flip to Spanish. The AM show was going to leave. We were all getting fired. A new Marketing Director was going to be announced. The rumors were flowing and everyone was getting pretty paranoid.
So I woke up early and took Frankie for a walk. And then hit it in to work.
It was 7.44am and nothing had happened. We were all sitting around in the lobby watching Lindsay Lohan on MTV. Actually that was pretty funny hearing everyone critique her.
So just a bit later we were all moved to the jock lounge were Elliot told us we weren’t flipping to Spanish. Bummer, huh? He just wanted us to have a good time today. It was a designated smoking and beer day! We had full rights to smoke and drink beer in the studio and elsewhere, at least according to Elliot. There was bacon and bagels and sausage and biscuits. Not to mention a ton of beer and orange juice. Everyone was running around smoking and drinking. It was kinda surreal. But then again there is always beer being poured on any given day, but never before 8am. So I got myself a Red Hook Winter Ale. It’s pretty good. And I think it’s my first beer before 12noon. It’s actually kinda nice as I’ve been pretty stressed lately.
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone.
I survived another DC101 Chili Cook-Off. This was my 5th Cook-Off. They do seem to get easier and easier. Yet my legs seem to get more and more tired and sore after the fact. I guess I am getting older.
So all in all the Cook-Off was pretty successful. Even with the new location the sound wasn’t that bad. We were on 13th Street near the Agricultural building. It was much more of a narrow space than years prior. But the sound was amazingly decent. The place where the DJ’s broadcasted was just on the side of the stage. So the view when I wasn’t shooting the bands was really good and and I could relax in the VIP tent and hook up a standwich or something. I pretty much centered around the stage the whole day. That was nice as I didn’t have to walk around that much with the heavy gear.
Highlights were definately getting the chance to see Cake (and hear the singer talk smack about Cheney) and the Donnas. The Donnas set got cut short after 2 songs. Basically we had to end the show at 7pm as after that point our permit and time with the peramedics ran out. So if there was a problem, we’d be f’d. So we had to cut it short. Kinda sucked, but at least I got to see 2 songs. The guitarist rocked my world. It had been years since I last saw them, so it was nice to see the drummer had improved a bit. Oh and my guilty pleasure was Chevelle. I really do like that band. Must be the Chicago blood.
Band pictures are here. This year I am totally not happy with my pictures. I am not sure what it is about them. The lighting was all sorts of messed up. I kinda metered wrong. Bah. And random pictures are here.