1. This is one of your most fundamental questions.
2. You never know who is going to walk by your desk on a given day.
3. You get defensive when people complain about the pledge drive.
Let’s be real: Stations need the dough and people need the tote bags.
After all, that’s the money you need for that equipment upgrade you’ve been waiting for!
4. You’ve spent time trying to get your hair just right only to end up with headphone hair.
7. You have been peer pressured into joining a CSA.
Community (Radio) Supported Agriculture
9. You’ve worked really hard on a story only to hear this from an editor.
And it breaks your heart a little.
10. You’ve had to remind people that public radio is more than just “This American Life” and “Fresh Air.”
But that doesn’t stop you from being inspired by them.
11. But you’re happy that your mom is into it.
12. You’ve said “explain it to me like I’m in kindergarten” to someone with a Ph.D./Nobel Prize.
13. You know that this isn’t just a tool to count laps.
15. You ask for a pronouncer for even the most simple names, just to make sure.
Anne [AN as in “pan”] Hathaway [HATH-uh-way]
16. You’ve looked at one of these for so long you thought your brain would turn to mush.
17. You revel in the fashion of your workplace.
It’s the outfit version of having “a face for radio.”
But nothing scares you more than loud accessories.
18. You’re sick of explaining to people the difference between NPR and local public radio.
19. You have heard somebody ask this aloud in the newsroom:
20. It never gets old to hear the famous voices of radio just chatting about their lunch.
21. And you know that no matter what it sounds like on air, curse words are everywhere.
23. But listening to yourself is always weird.
24. You know how many heroes are behind the scenes making things “sing.”
Have you hugged an engineer today?
26. And although you have to deal with it, cell phone tape makes you a little sad.
27. You’ve accepted the fact that your hard work helps some people fall asleep.
But it also brings them back to their days riding around in the back seat with their parents.
28. And although the pay isn’t glamorous…
29. You have to admit it feels good to make something that is all encompassing…
That makes people happy.
So happy, they choose to pay for it!