One thing I never did was show up to do my radio show drunk. I have come across a couple of people who did. It happened at this radio station where I was doing the evening shift. It was Friday Night. My relief showed up. Her name was Deana. She was wearing what looked like a bamboo skirt. She began to undress, and got into something more comfortable. She was modest when she changed clothes. When she talked on the air I could tell she was drunk. By the way its against the FCC rules to operate a radio station drunk. She turned to me and stated what would really be great at that moment was some sex. Now here's the perfect example of the devil on one shoulder, and an Angel on the other. What was this jock going to do? I mean no one was around. No one would know. Well I went into the production room, and called the Program Director. She was there in a flash, and sent the girl home. She was fired the next Monday. When I came into do my show later that afternoon, I was greeted by the PD and GM who told me I did the right thing. I felt pretty good about that. However the next Friday Night there was no more big breasted blonde there.
I've been often asked what happens if a stream keeps dropping? Well you open a support ticket with your stream provider.
I did just that once and never got a response back. I ended up going with a new stream provider. So how does a station move listeners to the new stream? You update all the listing directories. In my case it was Windows Media, iTunes, and Tune In Radio. I also updated the player links on the website. One day my over 200 listeners were on the old stream, the next day they were all on the new stream.
I've known people who just think if a station moves to another stream the listeners will do a search and find them. Sometimes this may be the case, but not as much as one would think. One day I discovered iTunes dropped my station. I submitted a support ticket and received a message back that they were not accepting new stations or updating existing stations. This meant the immediate loss of almost 100 listeners. Did they come back? No! They moved on.
So migration is very important. I've known stations that act like it's not a problem for them. They lost an important platform which is Tune In Radio because Tune In Radio is not accepting any new streams for free. As of this writing a slot goes for around $300 per quarter. Tune In Radio is important with mobile listening as well as Smart TV's, Alexa handsfree, and late model cars.
I've come across some disgruntled radio people. This also includes me. Some of the more fun ones would include the guy who was so pissed off at the owners he decided to tell the listeners by putting his message on a loop, and then left the station with his message running.
This guy must've been disgruntled because he would've had to know the end result would not lead to a positive outcome. He had the listeners call up the station and share their favorite dirty jokes. He put them all on the air to share. The PD showed up, and fired him on the spot.
This one guy must not have liked his boss. The station was having a clothing and food drive. There was a place set aside at the station for people to leave off their donation. One couple came by to drop off their donation. This radio guy claimed he was his boss, and sent them over to the corp. office to drop off their huge donation.