- 11:30 PM -
6:00 AM, Tuesday - Wednesday, December 24th - 25th,
- X-Mas music on
DAT for 6 hours. Burg was there for 3. Cut out Boyles
covers. The End.
- 2:00 PM -
3:00 PM, Friday, December 27th, 1996:
- Meeting #3. I
was just offered a full-time position at the
station...producing Cannon. Not on the air.
Darryl wants me to be a producer, Ethan type,
for....CANNON. Can you freakin believe it?
Creative control! He wants to make that show young and
says basically I have to tell him how to do this.
Thats what he says. What do I read from this?
The final phase in getting Cannon to quit and giving
the job to me. First you cut his show to 3 hours. You
make him come in 6 nights a week. You tell him he
cant do trivia anymore. Oh and now your producer
is 40 years your junior and he is going to tell you
how to run your show. If he has any balls hell
quit. I told Darryl about the friction already and
that me telling him what to do will be a catastrophe.
"Fine then hes off the air." Hes really
giving this power to me. They obviously want him to
quit. Now my schedule if I jump on this would be
Tuesday-Friday Night with Cannon. 11-5 AM. I would
have to run Rush. Then Saturday my show from 9-2 AM,
and Sunday my show from 8-11 PM. With production this
will easily be over 40 hours, most likely a good 50.
At $7.50 an hour thats making $19,500 a year.
When I asked if this was full time Darryl said yes and
said he quotes somewhere in the high teens. FUCK THAT.
He said I was getting a raise. At $9.00 an hour
thats $23,400 a year, and I feel I should be
making $10.00 an hour. Thats $26,000. So
Im in a bit of a bind there. I will go in asking
for mid 20s and benefits, and not move. The only
reason I would make this move is for money. This is
not an advancement in my career as far as Im
concerned. Putting up with Cannons bullshit is a
waste of time, so Id better be getting paid. On
the upside Darryl really likes me. Plain and simple
and he thinks Im good. Of course hes
extremely short-handed and is desperate. My new
weekend hours depend on this as well. Thats on
hold until they can find a producer. Hmmm. If they
give me $9.00 an hour Ill take it. If they give
me $22,000 with benefits Ill take it. There.
Those are good guidelines. Ill ask for $10 or
Mid 20s with Benefits. But hey, big day eh?!
Lets see what happens. Ugh, overnights again? I
was so happy to get off of them with the new
- 8:00 PM -
6:15 AM, Friday - Saturday, December 27th - 28th,
1996: SHOW 218
(1200 hours passed)
- Great Show. Had
only 2 calls the first hour but I was funny so it
didnt matter. Some nights I could just kick ass
by myself. Aaron was in Studio from 1:00 until 3:00
signing Boyles Vol. 2 covers. We did a 20 minute
Saturday Morning Fever, and then it lingered on until
2:30. Playing requests and having a ball. It was fun.
Got calls upon calls upon calls. People like Cartoon
songs. Anyway, last Play It By Ear (I hope). And Kevin
O was in every Segment, a Pre-Face Off and a Face-Off!
Aint that wild. And he won! That was cool. 4:00
hour was filled with Angelas Stories that just
didnt get us far enough. And the 5:00 hour
whizzed by. Now the new job thing. Im seriously
reconsidering. It sounds like a hellish job to me.
Theyll have to pay me big time Im now
thinking at least $23. Eh, $22 is good. Who knows.
Hopefully Cannon quits soon. As Ive said before,
I would if I were him. It is a big move though.
Well see. I talk to Darryl again on
- 10:30 PM -
6:45 AM, Saturday - Sunday, December 28th - 29th,
1996: SHOW 219
- JESUS FUCKING
CHRIST. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO FREAKIN ANNOYED IN MY
ENTIRE LIFE. Angela is slacking more than usual.
Didnt get my spots for the first oh,
THREE HOURS. Talked on the phone for almost 90
MINUTES. Fuckin A. We let Douglas in cause
he had cookies, and for christ's sake I almost decked
him. He kept fuckin lookin over my
shoulder and talkin to me on the air and so on. Jesus
Christ. It was sooooo bad. In the 4:00 hour...2 hours
LATER. I hit a break and said. "GET OUT." He said
ok..and then stayed for 15 more minutes. JESUS.
Fuckin Loser. Then Angela and I were talkin
about him in the front of the building. And he pops
up!!!! He was listening by the bathrooms. DAHHHHHH!!!
The show was unbelievably slow the first 2 hours, then
picked up a bit. The final trivia went very well and
it was nice. The biggest news came when I got to talk
to Bradley for a good half hour about my dilemma with
the new position I was offered. He was very cool and
generous with his time in the end he said to pass the
buck. Put all of your problems on either Cannon or
Darryl. If you take the job, you need to worry about
that. If Cannon is an asshole thats his fault.
Dont let his being a dick keep you from taking
an opportunity. Level with him. Say that you are a
messenger of what Darryl wants, that passes the buck
back to him. And in the end Joe said call Cannon and
ask him what he thinks. Cool move. Im doing it
later today. Oh yeah 239-****, gotta remember that.
Cannons phone number. Ive decided
Ill take the job at a reasonable offer. I want
the new weekend hours pretty bad. ANYTHING under $10
an hour or $23,000 and benefits will not be accepted.
Mark my words. My free time is extremely valuable to
me, and that will be gone with this job. Buh-bye. So,
I talk to Darryl Monday and I must be firm. Thanks
Joe, you helped me out tremendously.
- 4:30 PM,
Sunday, December 29th, 1996:
- Well, I called
Cannon and we talked for about 20 minutes. He actually
seemed pleased about all of the changes. He was also
impressed I asked for his opinion. He said he
wouldnt mind at all. Hmmm.... It was kind of a
nice conversation, but my intuition is strong about
what the result is going to be. He was extremely
receptive to the new, "younger" changes. So well
see. I pray they offer $10 or $24 and benefits. My
standards are inching up the closer I get to things.
Time will tell. This sucks. All you have to do is look
ahead. I gotta wait for days.
- 10:30 AM -
4:30 PM, Monday, December 30th, 1996:
- Well, Angela
didnt show up Sunday Night for Cannon. Can you
believe it? He had to go 5 hours by himself.
Apparently he was frothing at the mouth in the
morning. Said nice things about my call though.
Thats cool. Bradley and Mike were cool to me.
Bradley gave me a tape of Conners doing a promo to run
during my show that has him doing a capella.
GOD it was funny.
I made a song out of it at the end of my shift.
Running the board was simple. Its a little scary
having to keep taping everything. Three tape machines
are almost always running. Reel to Reel, DAT and VCR.
Crazy. Darryl came in to do 12-1 cause its
rough, and we talked about everything but my new hours
and stuff. What the hell? I got two things out of him
though. Most likely 2-3 weeks before my new hours
start. Great. And the reason for the delay is getting
new producers. WHAT!? Talk to me. I guess they want
back ups. And one for me. But he was avoiding the
issue like crazy. We were talking about John and Jane,
thered be a lull and Id ask him something
about the new job times and hed say a quick
answer and go IMMEDIATELY back to John and Jane. Sigh.
What the hell do I tell people on the air this
weekend. And Christ, do I have to do trivia? Eh, fuck.
Joel came in at 3 and relieved me but I hung around
and talked to him for 30 minutes then talked to the
computer guy Colin and got him to fix my AOL for me.
That took another hour. But its done. And I have
the fax at the same time!!!! So at least something
good happened. And this is it. The last entry of the
year. Cannon has to work on New Years Eve. Ha
hahahhaha. Goodbye and good year. 96 kicked ass,
but wow, 97 may be amazing.