I did live FM-radio in Romania, between 1993-1998.
1993: I landed – with a 15-inch long mane and just out of university- into a recently-founded FM local station.
Radio just after university was like beer after votka: 6 years in radio felt like 66 in university.
If you want to work in a radio, don’t go to university; just follow my list of mandatory courses below – and then come to me.
Course 1 – history of the radio – live in a theatre
- Orson Welles – start with no.6 on this list, The War of the Worlds. A 1-hour radio show that got America out in the streets to fight the Martians, live from the theatre, 30 October 1938. Follow-up with Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.
- A Prairie Home Companion – this time start with the movie, and then continue with the real show, which is still going on strong.
Course no 2 – radio means freedom, and so does rock’n roll
- Good Morning, Vietnam – did you try that salute in your shower? Go ahead, billions did it since it hit the screens in 1987.
- Private Parts – the 1997 auto-biography of Howard Stern, a radio-rebel with a rock’n roll attitude (and a love for rock music).
- Pirate Radio – 1 Boat. 8 DJs. No Morals.
Dear students, happy google-ing, youtubing, and practicing in front of a mike.
God bless the radio DJ.