To the Editor:
What a treat to be back with RAP again!
The "Production Panic" lives! (RAP Nov. '91) The current recession has wreaked havoc on our local economy, and our station is no exception. Cut-backs throughout the Programming Depart-ment started...guess where...in Production. No new toys or libraries this year. However, there could be a plus.
Take these "Budget Priced Air Talents." Some of these guys are hungry! Hungry and passionate enough for the business of radio to put up with the long hours at low pay to perfect the craft they love so much. It's all about paying your dues. How bad do you want it? Bad enough?? I'll take a person and give them the time and energy if they WANT to learn and improve any day over one who feels it is so beneath them to deal with such bare bones conditions.
Our little rag tag staff may not have the super pipes, the latest digital toys, or the newest libraries to work with, but management can't cut back our creativity or the drive to get the job done. My cup is still half full!! Better watch these guys in the trenches. They're damn hungry!
Reid Thrush, Production Manager
WXQR-FM, Jacksonville, NC
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Keep up the superb work, and don't mess with Texas!
Steve Lee Thompson, Operations Manager
KGBC-AM/KQQK-FM, Galveston, TX