How Did I Get Here, Anyway?

When I was in fourth grade they took us on a field trip to New York where we toured NBC at Rockefeller Center.

It was awesome. We peered into the news studio, created frying bacon sound effects by crinkling cellophane, and saw where Johnny Carson presided over the  Tonight Show. We also got to watch DJ Big Wilson doing his shift on WNBC-AM. That did it. From that day forward I wanted to work in radio or TV.

The rest of fourth grade was all about broadcasting. I made several shoebox dioramas showing TV studios with cables of string and clay figures standing behind cameras. My teacher, Mrs. Rice, did not approve . Years later I got to read her notes about me and it turns out she made a big point of the time wasted on these projects. What could be worse than a fourth grader wasting time?

At home I would huddle in my room spinning records and recording myself playing DJ on a reel-to-reel recorder. I’d read stories from the paper in a serious tone like the newscasters on the radio. Little did I know that they swiped many of their stories from the same place.

It was inevitable, really: a straight shot that landed me at the radio station and TV studios of SUNY Plattsburgh. The internship, the job, the second job and 24 years doing what I wanted since I was eight-years-old.

But sometimes I wonder what would have happened if we’d visited a doctor’s office or law practice instead of NBC.

5 Responses to How Did I Get Here, Anyway?

  1. “But sometimes I wonder what would have happened if we’d visited a doctor’s office or law practice instead of NBC.”

    I would have been denied eight years working with one of the best, most imaginative supervisors ever… unless I got a DWI or needed a boil lanced, then, you know, our paths may have crossed..

    I truly believe that as the broadcast landscape irrevocably shifts, you were one of the last great creative minds and that won’t be seen until the new crop of promo-bots plys their craft.. or attempts to, I should say.

    After a time, most people probably won’t know the difference, but much the same way this VW commerical is still one of the most effective ads ever, http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=SpWgs98iBGk, people will look back at your spots- the Viagra one springs to mind- and say, ” Remember when local promos were cool ?”

    bonus fortuna Deus volo quod adepto mihi a officium

  2. We’re glad you went to NBC!

  3. Something tells me that Paul’s hit the nail right on the head.

  4. Man- state work must be takin’ it’s toll- no new posts- we’re all chomping at the bit

  5. You know it. Between the new job and back to school chaos it’s been a crazy month.

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