- November 12, 2018 at 10:54 am #107204
After serving as manager of KDX for 11-years the job has become unmanageable as the daily routine has grown into a very busy and complex schedule.
To move forward, I am stepping down as manager, and will appoint a new hire to take over, showering them with constant phone calls and peppering them with e-mails complaining that “They aren’t doing enough.”
When that manager burns out the next manager will be controlled with stern reminders that “I hope you do better than that last guy.”
This will be orchestrated while reclining on my giant inflatable duck floating around in the swimming pool.
- November 14, 2018 at 1:16 am #107226
Help please since I do not understand what this is about.
- November 14, 2018 at 4:34 am #107230
Radio8Z mysteriously says: “Help please since I do not understand what this is about.”
“Station management” refers to the task of managing the day to day functions of a radio station, including technical, programming, and other details.
Even small hobby radio stations require some degree of management.
Because I have a group of stations, the responsibilities have grown to be more than I can tackle on my own.
This should give you a starting point for understanding my opening post.
- November 14, 2018 at 10:07 am #107231
Running a radio station takes a lot of time. Particularly a Part 15 station which has limited personnel and resources (usually one person).
I know when I was operating my community station on Bowen Island, the radio station (which broke even at best) seemed to take an inordinate amount of time compared to the real money making activities. And that was with little live broadcasting.
It’s why now I usually set the station on automation, and let ‘er rip (and I don’t think I’m alone in that).
I feel Carl’s pain, as I would like to do far more (but just don’t have the time).
- November 14, 2018 at 10:45 am #107233
I understood the opening paragraph. What follows seems a bit silly.
- November 14, 2018 at 11:58 am #107234
Yes I agree that if you are live and doing special programs it takes most of your time. Me, that’s the reason I don’t have special real time programs and/or go live(well, one of two reasons). Automated with everything pre-done including jingles and ID’s requires nothing more than being a listener and making sure it’s working properly. I still have the pleasure of my own station. All the time was taken when I put it all together making the ID’s Jingles and compiling the huge playlist.
I actually have the time but I would prefer to be a listener but maybe if I knew I had regular listeners I would change my thinking.
- November 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm #107235
Keep Off of My Grass!
Radio8Z said: “What follows seems a bit silly.”
Whether I was “silly” or not is not the main issue… it is your apparent disregard for what you deem “silly”.
Has it entered your mind that this entire hobby is silly?
Not all of us sit at the computer wearing a 3-piece suit with bow-tie.
But, I could recount those halcyon days with the Knight Kit Phono Oscillator. I know you wouldn’t find that silly.
It began as a kit.
- November 14, 2018 at 3:01 pm #107237
Responding to comments in quotes:
Why post it?
“Whether I was “silly” or not is not the main issue… it is your apparent disregard for what you deem “silly”.”
I don’t even know what you mean by this. Obviously, I read it and am responding to it…hardly a disregard. This is the “main issue”? What “issue”? Are you trying to make one?
“Has it entered your mind that this entire hobby is silly?”
Yes, silly but enjoyable most of time. And this made me wonder why you seemed so distressed by your self imposed work load and fantasized a solution and then expended the effort to post about it.
“But, I could recount those halcyon days with the Knight Kit Phono Oscillator. I know you wouldn’t find that silly.”
Absolute agreement about this. I was 12 years old and it was a great toy which inspired my interest in radio technology. Though it is still a toy for me my mind is advanced beyond that age and if I feel overworked or stressed by this hobby I put it away while I recharge and come back to enjoy it some more.
“Not all of us sit at the computer wearing a 3-piece suit with bow-tie.”
To again quote you: “So?”
- November 14, 2018 at 4:46 pm #107238
Carl says this hobby is “silly”?
I hope you are just being sarcastic.
- November 15, 2018 at 8:38 am #107241
Depends On What You Mean By Silly
What our serious colleague judged as “silly” wasn’t originally meant to be silly.
We were talking about management styles. Not at all far fetched considering the many possibilities opened by “the hobby”.
The main thing about being brought before a kangaroo court is that there is no defense. That’s something serious.
- November 15, 2018 at 8:50 am #107243
I enjoy Carl’s posts. Even when there may be an apparent lack of seriousness, there are always gems hidden within.
You always have an alternative – don’t read them if you find them uninteresting, or not to your taste.
Surely there is room for viewpoints and discussion other than the pure technical in the world of Part 15 broadcasting. The alternative is to have near empty Forums (a wasteland of non posting – I know at least one example of that), or sheer repetition and Internet-found material regurgitation (there is one well known site for that) – there’s only so much technical that can be talked about in a field this narrow.
- November 15, 2018 at 9:40 am #107245
Kangaroo court? Yep, it appears that I am on trial for posting an opinion that part of a post seemed silly. I was trying to understand the original post prior to being suspected of having an “issue”, a comment which I also sought to understand.
Carl lastly posted “What our serious colleague judged as “silly” wasn’t originally meant to be silly. We were talking about management styles.” which is what I was trying to determine so I could understand the point being made. I believe this response would have sufficed.
- November 16, 2018 at 7:56 am #107265
- November 16, 2018 at 9:44 am #107283
In Post # 5 of this thread Radio8Z said: “…seems a bit silly.”
It was left to the reader to define the sense in which Mr. 8Z holds the word “silly”. There are many possibilities:
1. Laughable or amusing through foolishness or a foolish appearance.
2. (Scotland) Good, pious, holy.
3. (Northern England) Pitiful, inspiring compassion, insignificant, worthless, weak, frail, flimsy.
4. (rural Britain) Simple, plain, homely, lowly.
5. Mentally simple, foolish, uneducated, unlearned, thoughtless, lacking judgement, mentally retarded, stupified.
7. Playful, giggly.
8. Pejorative: simple, not intelligent, unrefined.
9. Gently derogatory.
Looking back, I realize I assumed the reference to silly was a disapproval, but now realize that Mr. 8Z might have been telling me I was charming.
Everything posted after that point might have been a simple misunderstanding.
My intention was definitely to be charming.
- November 16, 2018 at 10:55 am #107285
If you are interested, I had in mind your definition #7. Sorry if you assumed otherwise.
- November 21, 2018 at 10:34 am #107392
Interesting read on the postings in this thread.
What I’ve found in the past 40+ years of involvement in Part 15 radio is that some stations are what we call “one man band” operations where one individual does it all and it works fine for them. Other Part 15 stations have a staff of volunteers who work in tandem with the owner of the station and perform various functions as agreed upon.
My station falls under the latter category; we have a staff of 17 volunteers who work as a team to put out a respectable product for our listeners. What I’ve found is that delegating authority helps to spread out the work load thus making it feasible to maintain a large operation consisting of two studio/control rooms and a transmission room. Aside from the General Manager, we have a Program Director, Chief Engineer, Music Consultant, Producer in addition to the complement of Talent (Fancy name for Disc Jockey’s), Operating Engineers (That’s right, the jocks don’t run their own boards) and various support personnel.
If everyone is on board with what their responsibilities are it will be a smooth running operation and you’ll have no worries. We always encourage our staff to make suggestions since people tend to support what they help to create.
Just adding my 2 cents.
- November 21, 2018 at 10:58 am #107399
That’s highly unusual, gamewell, in my experience. Some licensed non commercial stations don’t have as much help. You obviously have a well run operation, and a number of community members who really care (which is absolutely necessary).
There was a low power (licensed) station on Saltspring Island in my locale that eventually fizzled out and went away because they had difficulty in recruiting volunteers. Part of the problem, I think, was that the station was right in the center, between Victoria (the capital of British Columbia), and Vancouver, with metropolitan Seattle not far away. As such, there were radio stations galore to choose from. In areas not so well served the end result might have been different.
- November 21, 2018 at 12:11 pm #107404
Artisan Radio, you are correct; sometimes finding volunteers who’ll commit themselves to an operation can be a very challenging task to say the least. I’m fortunate in that many of the volunteers come from a radio background and they have a love of the craft. For us, its over 40 years of building up the station from a three man operation running on Friday’s and Saturday’ at the outset to a 24/7 operation that’s part live and part automated staffed by 17 committed volunteers.
If you or anyone else here is interested more in our station, I’ll post the website for the station; it’s chock loaded with pics, audio clips, video’s and all kinds of good stuff.
- November 22, 2018 at 9:39 am #107449
gamewell in charge of entertainment
Here in the U.S. we are having a holiday, and gamewell said: “If you or anyone else here is interested more in our station, I’ll post the website for the station; it’s chock loaded with pics, audio clips, video’s and all kinds of good stuff.”
- November 22, 2018 at 11:41 am #107454
If your FM station an LPFM or Part 15?
- November 22, 2018 at 11:59 am #107457
gamewell, your website is almost complete and by the way I love it!
The one more thing we’d like to see is an engineering section showing the transmitter crew, transmitters, and towers!
- November 22, 2018 at 1:52 pm #107459
Me I’m a one man band automated running 24/7
- November 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm #107462
Playful Giggly Manager
Most of the year KDX signs off the moment I get sick of hearing the best radio programs on earth, then I watch film noir movies on YouTube, which no big time manager could get away with.
But when overnight temperature drops below 39 Fahrenheit I now keep the machines running all night for the extra degree of heat they blow.
At first I was overwhelmed trying to select appropriate overnight shows but then found my stash of programs by Tom Smith of Whidney Air, a former LPFM station in Washington State, and I load the night with his great shows.
My success is going to my head.
- November 23, 2018 at 9:28 am #107472
Carl, thanks for your kind words; I’ll speak to our webmaster and see about posting a pic of the transmitter/Antenna and crew (two people). (I’m assuming you mean the local community FM I’m the chief at and not the part 15 I run?)
Glad you enjoyed the website; it’s the result of a lot of hard work on the part of the staff.
- November 23, 2018 at 9:59 am #107473
Artisan Radio; to answer your question, the station is a part 15/internet based operation. As you can see in the pictures, we use a lot of old radio equipment which works well for us.
The station is located in the lower level of my house; I decided to build it there as opposed to a small barn on my property for ease of use and keeps me out of the cold weather in the winter time. This current facility was constructed in 1997, an upgrade in 2015 with the addition of a second studio.
- November 24, 2018 at 5:44 am #107477
- November 24, 2018 at 5:47 am #107479
Both Stations for Sure
gamewell wondered: “I’m assuming you mean the local community FM I’m the chief at and not the part 15(?)”
By all means also the Part 15 because, even though the transmitter is comparatively small, we wonder where you put it? Is it on the floor where it can be stepped on? Hanging on an undersized window sill where it might drop? Outdoors on a pole with rain and ice?
And the antenna, if it is a plain wire, how are you making it stand up?
- November 24, 2018 at 10:40 am #107488
Spareparts, that photo was taken at our place of full time employment and not at WBXO.
- November 24, 2018 at 6:04 am #107481
- November 24, 2018 at 10:37 am #107486
I wrote the statement of policy originally 35 years ago; there have been several modifications since that time.
- November 24, 2018 at 10:54 am #107490
Spareparts; I neglected to tell you that yes, it’s okay to use our statement of policy as a template if you so desire.
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