2. You never know who is going to walk by your desk on a given day.
...it could be...
3. You get defensive when people complain about the pledge drive.
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.
5. There is one of these on almost every desk:
6. And the bike room at your office is a thing of glory.
7. You have been peer pressured into joining a CSA.
8. And somehow, despite hearing the weather several times an hour, you still forget your umbrella.
10. You've had to remind people that public radio is more than just "This American Life" and "Fresh Air."
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.
14. And that a "dead cat" is not always gruesome.
15. You ask for a pronouncer for even the most simple names, just to make sure.
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.
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.
22. You're thrilled when you get to voice something.
23. But listening to yourself is always weird.
24. You know how many heroes are behind the scenes making things "sing."
25. You understand the true value of one of these:
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.
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.
And connects them to a whole universe of ideas.
So rock on, public radio magic-maker.
You are loved.
PS If Ira Glass did this, you can do anything.
Julia Furlan is an audio editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Julia Furlan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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