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Radio Guy
13 August 2011 - 4:30am
Lets put this into perspective.

Lets say Darwin pays staff $36-38 thousand a year. Not bad money right? But lets not forget Darwin is one of the most expensive places in the country to live.

A 1 room studio apartment can set you back $310-350 per week, that is over half of your weekly wage gone. Now lets talk bills, because you always have the aircon on due to the heat, you can expect a bill for your overpriced 1 room studio apartment of around $525 per quarter. Then phone/internet/mobile and if you drive, car expenses.

Not much is left, Darwin's lifestyle is great, a party town, but you don't have any money to enjoy it.

Stations need to stop paying just the award rate and look at cost of living. Radio people are out there but if you can't afford to live, why would they come.

Also, seeing so many people leave since Phil took on the role of the PD, it would also worry people. Its such a big move to make with the worry of what the boss is like.
Where have all the real radio people gone?
13 August 2011 - 4:30am
The lack of interest by employees (or straight lack of employees) reflects the lack of people management and development by managers in the industry. Leaving radio for another media perspective, I'm sorry I didn't make the shift sooner.
I was excited by radio straight out of uni and experienced many roles in the past ten years, aspiring for more. But crap pay and unrealistic expectations throughout takes it's toll. The radio market has brought the lack of talent pool upon itself with extensive networking and automation.

Also, there seems to be a gap larger then Kyle Sandilands' ego between what makes a good manager and what makes a good radio station executive.
Where have all the real radio people gone?
Elwyn Scott
13 August 2011 - 4:30am
Lyndy Burns better than Richard Glover...yeah sure! ABC Local Radio Awards finalists announced
12 August 2011 - 4:30am
As a young person trying to enter the industry, my experience of applying for jobs in regional areas or cold calling has been largely that you never hear anything back at all - not even a courtesy email notifying you that your application was received. when you are willing to commit hours upon hours of your time to volunteer work and move away from friends/family for a job that pays less than what you would be earning at McDonalds and still get that kind of response it's no suprise that "gen Yers" become pretty disillusioned pretty quickly. Where have all the real radio people gone?
12 August 2011 - 4:30am
Yeah, where *are* those people who are willing to start work while it's still dark for $25-30k per year?

I can understand the strategy that low pay helps sort out the 'wanna-be radio stars' from the truly dedicated star-struck radio lifers, but honestly, all radio networks in Australia - *all* of them - need to get realistic if they want decent people... this bullsh*t about 'lower cost of living in regs, therefore lower salary' is simply disingenuous.

As the saying goes: 'If you pay peanuts you get monkeys' - and it seems to me, Phil, that you're only getting monkeys applying at this stage.

So, what *would* prevent people from wanting to move to Darwin? It's not the lifestyle, that's fabulous, and its reputation is building all the time as a great place to live - so it must be something else...... ?
Where have all the real radio people gone?
12 August 2011 - 4:30am
'Radio people' seems like an outdated concept to me, just like having a 'radio voice'. I want to work with creative, energetic, motivated people, who have a life outside of radio. Not radio nerds.

And people still travel across the country for jobs... when it's with the right company.
Where have all the real radio people gone?
Ty Mentemp
12 August 2011 - 4:30am
The glamour of working in radio is nothing like it was in the 70's and 80's , you don't get as much media coverage as you used to get,in the bush the money paid is still no where near the average aussie wage.
We're having trouble find a copywriter /announcer at the moment.
Maybe the talent pool is gone, most shifts in rural Australia, have a live brekky show and thats it, maybe there's just no one left . We have clients writing their own ads,some even voice them,they're awful.
Where have all the real radio people gone?
Jason Shaw
11 August 2011 - 4:30am
I have the PURE-ONE Mi model which is good for my work on a forklift. This unit has a stronger Antenna built into it than it's earlier models. I brought the rechargable battery which is great too. Consumers snapping up digital radios under $100
11 August 2011 - 4:30am
The passionate radio freaks you're looking for, we're still here Phil ... I've done the back lot tour, even spent time as an engineer just to get a foot in the door. Where have all the real radio people gone?
11 August 2011 - 4:30am
Perhaps if PD's actually took the time to write back to people when they do send airchecks, or perhaps actually answer the phone call from a young jock then maybe people wouldn't give up so easily. Sadly the industry has done this to themselves with the introduction of networking and automation many years ago.
The poor pay and conditions in the regional markets also puts people off and reduces the talent pool. Finally don't get me started on the major networks constantly hiring tv people and celebs for their breakfast shows....seriously the whole thing is a mess and we wonder why the pool is small. Tip for Mr Brandel, have a listen to stations online and then pick up the phone and call a jock,he will be chuffed you "poached" him. Just don't mention the $30k salary straight away.
Where have all the real radio people gone?


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