Lemme tell you a story.
Eleven years ago, in my final year of high school, I developed clinical depression. Not 100% surprising given the mental state of most high school seniors, but it wasn’t spotted or diagnosed for quite some time.
I used to think I wanted to be a chef or baker, until I actually took those classes and learnt reality. Ditto goes for the sciences. One mental breakdown later and I was moping under my bed, trying to put my mental state back together. For the most part I was successful, but there was a big piece missing. Thinking along the right track I tried getting back into school.
Now, originally I wanted to get into the Librarian program. I like organizing things, and libraries are generally quiet and full of people not talking to you. While filling out the application, because I was allowed three program choices for one college, to avoid wasting money, I also applied for… I think it was accounting, and, on a lark, radio broadcasting.
Now, radio wasn’t completely random of me – I had always entertained the idea of being a performer of some kind. I loved theatre back in high school, and while radio isn’t the same thing, it’s a way to practice skills, and it’s still within that realm.
I also wasn’t expecting to be accepted – Algonquin’s radio program is considered one of the best in the country for a reason. It’s extremely competitive, and I wasn’t expecting acceptance without some sort of audition package.
So imagine my surprise when I was accepted.
Now, at that point, I had already accepted a position in the library program, but decided that, since I got into radio broadcasting, I may as well throw caution to the winds and go for it.
Two years later, and that was the best decision I’ve ever made.
I’ll admit that I haven’t been as successful as other, better, more hard working students, and I have yet to be hired to a major station, but I’m proud of myself for what I’ve accomplished. I didn’t win any awards last week during the grad dinner, but getting nominated for one is victory enough. I’ve created a specialized music program that I’ll be able to keep going for years to come, and that is, to me, much more impressive.
Side note, my show (The Musical Spiderweb), is on AIR 1700, our sister station. Personally I feel that it would fit on CKDJ as well if not better – comment below what you think. It connects songs together. It’s less about popular music, and more about history of music in general. I’d recommend listening to it first though (Wednesdays at five). </shameless plug>
Anyway, from the moment I sat down for my first shift (more on that at the big sign-off tomorrow) I found that missing piece.
In a lot of ways, radio saved my life.
It’s been hard – anyone who says radio is an easy job is either lying to you, or deluded – but it’s been a lot of fun too. The last two years have been some of if not the best in my life.
Here’s to a long fruitful career to come. I doubt I’d ever retire down the line unless I had no choice. Like… I lose my voice or die or something.
Even if it means more arguments with music libraries about whether or not music that sounds like it belongs in a lab scene exists. </shameless twitter plug>
Thanks for reading, dear listeners. I’ll talk to you next time.