Why Radio Stations Are Gross Petri Dishes
I’ve been doing mornings here at WPDH for going on 6 years now. There are a few things I really love about mornings. It’s fun to work with a group of people, you get home from work really early, and the best part is that I have my own microphone, computer keyboard, and chair. There is really no reason for anyone else to sit in my little corner. Why does this little thing make me so happy? Because radio stations are disgusting.
You have to trust that the person before you ... has good hygiene. And I’m pretty sure all that is not happening.
Most of the announcers share the same chair, mic, and they have to run the board, which means they’re pushing the same buttons and touching the same faders as all of the other announcers. Yuck. No wonder colds and viruses spread so easily through radio stations. You have to trust that the person before you (and the person before that person) washes hands, covers his or her mouth during a sneeze or cough, and has good hygiene. And I’m pretty sure all that is not happening.
Back in the old days, we all used to share one pair of headphones. Eewww. That’s disgusting. But the most disgusting thing EVER recently happened to me, and I have the audio to prove it. We were recording a commercial in one of the production studios, one that lots of people use, and I accidentally touched the mic with my tongue. Needless to say, it was horrible. I still get grossed out just thinking about it.
Back in the old days, we all used to share one pair of headphones.
So, while radio may seem like a glamorous job, most radio stations are anything but glamorous. In fact, they’re regular Petri dishes. I’d write more, but I have the sudden urge to wash my hands.
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