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    Not In A Happy (Re)Place

    | AB, Canada | Bad Behavior, Coworkers, New Hires

    (One of our salespeople was recently fired at the radio station where I work. Despite this, and the fact that she left the company on very bad terms, she lives under the belief that the station will fall apart without her and very soon the company will be begging her to come back. Shortly after the new salesperson is hired, I hear a ruckus from the station lobby. I head out there to see the fired salesperson laying into the new one.)


    Station Manager: “What the h*** is going on out here?!”

    Fired Salesperson: “Do you know what this a**hole is doing? He’s stealing my clients! He’s going around town telling people he REPLACED me!”

    Station Manager: “He DID replace you!”

    (At that, the station manager escorted her from the building, and she finally got the hint that she was never coming back!)

    Reluctant To Face The Music

    | AB, Canada | Coworkers, Musical Mayhem, Technology

    (I work in a radio station, where one of my jobs is adding new music to our database. When we add new music to the database, we give it an expiry date of 25 years in the future. One day, one of our announcers is watching me do this, and decides he has a problem with it.)

    Announcer: “I can’t believe you’re setting the music to expire in 25 years. You’re going to completely screw over this station in 25 years.”

    Me: “I don’t think so. I highly doubt we’ll be using these same computers in 25 years. When we upgrade computers, we’ll upgrade the database, and everything gets a new expiry date.”

    Announcer: “But what if we don’t upgrade our computers, huh? WHAT IF WE DON’T?”

    Me: “Well, a bunch of other things could happen. In 25 years, this music will probably be considered ‘oldies’ and get purged from our system. Or we could change formats, in which case we won’t be playing any of this music anymore. Worst case scenario, with the way media is changing, we’ll be out of business in 25 years.”

    Announcer: “You think we’ll be out of business in 25 years? Wow, aren’t you pessimistic?!”

    Me: “Actually, I think you’re the pessimistic one. You seem to think you’ll be working this same job in 25 years.”

    Announcer: “I won’t be working this job in 25 years! In 25 years I’ll be running [well-known radio network].”

    Me: “Exactly. So stop worrying about this.”

    This Evaluation Is Just Radioed In

    | AB, Canada | Awesome Workers, Bosses & Owners

    (After my first performance evaluation, my boss gave me some tips to follow to improve my radio show. I took his advice to heart, and applied it to my show. This happens during my second performance evaluation, after he finished listening to a recent sample of my radio show.)

    Boss: “Wow. I was not expecting you to do that.”

    Me: “What? What did I do?”

    Boss: “You actually took my advice, applied it, and got better.”

    Me: “Was I not supposed to do that?”

    Boss: “Look. I’ll be honest with you. Most people just ignore my advice and keep doing what they’re doing. I fully expected you to do that, too. All I was going to do today was repeat what I told you last time.”

    Me: “So, do you have any other advice?”

    Boss: “Nope. We’re done here.”

    What An Airhead

    | Monroe, LA, USA | Bosses & Owners, Money, Theme Of The Month

    (I am calling around to some of the radio stations to buy advertising time for some events at our church. I call one station and get the manager, who I had been told was a real ‘heel.’)

    Me: “I would like to see about getting some air time on your station.”

    Receptionist: “One moment, I will let you talk to the manager.”

    (There is a momentary pause.)

    Manager: “Hello. I understand that you are looking for some air time?”

    Me: “Yes, I am.”

    Manager: “Okay, let me start with a question: are you also advertising in the newspaper?”

    Me: “I don’t see how that is relevant.”

    Manager: “Just go with me a second: are you also advertising in the newspaper?”

    Me: “Yes…”

    Manager: “Did you pay for the newspaper ads?”

    Me: “Yes…”

    Manager: “So why would you expect to get advertising from us for free when you paid the newspaper for it?”

    Me: “Free?! Who said anything about getting it for free?!”

    Manager: “Well, you said you wanted to get some air time?”

    Me: “Yes, but that’s not the same thing as asking for it for free!”

    Manager: *sputters a bit*

    Me: “Now, look. I have about $1500 in a line item in my budget for advertising, and I was planning on sending some of it your way! But if this is the way I am going to be talked to, then maybe I need to rethink things!”

    (The manager then proceeded to apologize, but at that point I was so offended that I almost hung up on him.)

    Not A Televisionary Manager

    | AB, Canada | Bad Behavior, Bosses & Owners, Ignoring/Inattentive

    (I work in the newsroom of a radio station. When budget time comes around, my station manager asks if there’s any new equipment we need. Just for the heck of it, I put in a request for a TV for the newsroom, so we can monitor the news channels. The next day, the station manager sends me an e-mail with the subject line, ‘here’s what the higher-ups think of your TV idea” and what follows is a long list of jokes my station manager and her boss have made, ridiculing my suggestion. I’m highly offended, and decide to confront the station manager about it.)

    Me: “I can’t believe you and [Her Boss] took my idea and made fun of it like that. I find this behaviour very unprofessional.”

    Station Manager: “I’m unprofessional? I’M UNPROFESSIONAL? YOU’RE the one who’s unprofessional because you didn’t do a news story about MY BIRTHDAY! Every reporter who’s worked here in the past has done a news story about MY BIRTHDAY and made a fuss about me on the air, and you’re the first one who didn’t! Do you know how humiliating it was for me when everyone in the company started asking what the news department did for my birthday, and I had to tell them that you did nothing? SO DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT UNPROFESSIONALISM!”

    (Since the TV wasn’t that important, I drop the issue completely. A few weeks later, my boss is making his monthly visit. We’re in a meeting, when my station manager barges in.)

    Station Manager: “After doing further research, I have determined that NO OTHER RADIO STATION IN THE COUNTRY has a TV in their newsroom. So drop this TV foolishness once and for all!”

    Me: “First, I have toured [Well-Known News Station], and they have a TV in their newsroom. I’ve also visited friends who work at [Other Radio Station], and they have a TV in their newsroom. And I did my internship at [Sister Station], and, not only do they have a TV in the newsroom, but a TV in the announcer’s booth, too.”

    Boss: “Yeah, a TV in the newsroom is quite a common thing. I’ve been asking [Station Manager’s Boss] for one at our flagship station for years, but he keeps saying it’s not in the budget.”

    (My station manager stands there for a bit, just beside herself, not knowing what to say.)

    Station Manager: “Good meeting, everybody! Your feedback will be taken into consideration.”

    (She sprints out of the room. My boss just turns to me and apologizes for me having to work with her.)

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