It's amazing how the radio industry has come full-circle in some ways. Take working for a "Mom and Pop" radio company.
I can remember many years ago, working for a mom and pop radio station. In fact, the first three stations I worked for in my career were all single-owner radio stations. And oh, how we'd all sit around and talk about how much we wished for the opportunity to work for "the big guys;" a "real" radio "company!"
"Yeah, those guys have everything!"
"If only we could leave this little dumpy station and work in a real building, with big money and a fleet of vehicles!"
The cliché you don't know what you have 'til it's gone couldn't have been more true in this case.
Many of us did indeed get to the big leagues. Don't get me wrong, I owe a TON to "corporate" radio. It was an awesome ride and I was given some incredible opportunities to do some amazing things, that probably wouldn't have happened without being part of the big company I worked for.
But here we are in 2011. The tide has turned. And how ironic is it, that so many people working for "the big boys," would today give their left nut to be back at a mom and pop? A place where a PD can actually make decisions, coach talent, pick music and not have to run three different stations. You know, actually "do" radio, instead of just being the guy whose only real decision-making power means writing up the weekend schedule of voice trackers. Where a jock can be a personality (remember those?) and form relationships with listeners; not just promote a website in the form of 10 second talk breaks.
Yup, times have changed. Today the happiest PDs I know work for mom and pops.
I'll leave you with this quote--an actual statement made by my best friend while giving his resignation at a major radio company. He had worked at said company for two years.
GM: "Well aren't you gonna miss radio, Joel?"
PD: "Sir, I've missed radio for the past two years."