July 29th, 2009

Rob is standard

Radio update

Just a heads-up to those who are not following me on Twitter.

- I dropped my demo off at the 3FM studio, complete with candy bribe and motivation letter.
- The DJ-trainer received a few hundred (!) entries for the demo-competition
- Only one winner would be picked.
- The winner eventually wasn't me (not that I expected to win, but hey, I took part!)
- The winner was an 18 year old kid who's already in the Radio Veronica DJ School and has his own show on KinkFM

However I decided to try my luck and contacted the local radiostation NENS, servicing my neighbour-town of Noordwijk (I once visited the Katwijk local radio station, but man.... too religious. Ask me about it some day).

- Got an invitation for a chat
- Visited the studio (first floor, no airco, oy!)
- Gave the manager the same demo I sent to 3FM
- Waited for feedback.

Long story short: As of Sep 1 (hopefully Aug 31, actually), I'll have my own two hour slot on local FM and cable radio, mondays from 9pm to 11pm. I'll have two months to warm up and try out (they know about my trip to Africa). If both parties are happy, there'll be possibilities to move the show to a more 'premium' slot like Saturday. Furthermore, since it's a local station with 80 volunteers covering all the local news, sports and politics, I can take part in making reports, going into town with a mic-unit to interview people, do shows from a different location than the studio, etc. etc. In other words: after working at a music-only station for the past years, I'm now going to be a part of a team that does much more than just music. My show's choice in music will have to change (more oldies, less ROCK!), I might have to change some items and my choice in words a little (target audience: 35+), but I'm genuinely psyched. I'll probably only have 10 listeners max, and I shouldn't expect much phonecalls or mail from them, but still: local live radio! Woot!
Rob is standard

Grandpa update

He's not doing well.
He's not swallowing anymore and the reflex will not be coming back.
The doctors are 'letting nature run its course'.
The family is hoping and praying for a swift and painless end.

Guess my visit was a goodbye after all.