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How The Inspiration Came To Radio

How The Inspiration Came To Radio

It started with low self esteem and two books from mom.
I’m often asked how it is that the stories I tell on radio can seem so true, so real? How can I say them with such conviction? Simply, because pain recognizes pain. I don’t have to live every experience to be able to relate. I use mine as points of reference. When you’ve been to the bottom of the pit and have opened your eyes to darkness, empathy lights your path.
Radio began from midnight to 4am for me and it was here that I found myself. What became acute in my teen years had been covered up by facades over the years. We all, after-all, want to seem normal and well adjusted. It was, however, at those hours of the morning that my inner demons kept me company because those masks were no match for the stillness of the morning and the forced reflection it brought.
My trigger though came from the night time callers, many of whom kept me company religiously every night, and whose names and stories I will never forget! As conversations continued, I realized some commonalities among these nocturnal humans. They were kindred spirit and our stories exchanged near nightly, off air, was like therapy. Eventually, I dropped the on air persona of trying to be the hype man in the night time and brought to studio two books my mother bought me in secondary school to help me believe in myself and think more positively when my self esteem was at its lowest and all my clouds were bleak.

Books From Mom That Started It All
I opened up to what I thought was a closed, close knit community but soon enough people took notice and others started tuning in daily at 3:30am for inspiration. It took a while to learn to to tell the stories that resonated with me but that courage built slowly, daily. Then came an unexpected opportunity to host the morning drive which I was told about on a Saturday and expected to begin on the Monday. The station was reformatting after a recent survey and I had the formidable task of replacing the daily Patra (horoscopes) reading that had become a template in listeners’ lives.
So, I did what I had become good at – telling stories and sharing content that uplifted the soul. After the third day, the boss told me to limit the pieces to thirty seconds (think a quote rather than a story) but I knew deep inside that this was the correct way to proceed and disregarded those instructions. Fortunately for me, my boss at the time was an open minded guy and allowed me the leeway. By the following week, he had received enough positive feedback on it and left me to it. It’s been sixteen years now and I’m still telling stories, on air and now, digitally via FuzzE Entertainment.
Yet, the message I’d like to leave behind with this story is that I dared to share a part of me that no one else but me knew existed and this was very counter to the young, YOLO lifestyle that was in progress. More importantly, the reason it has been a success hallmark for me is because it is authentic. I’m not sharing a quote because it’s what I think people want to hear. I’m sharing it because I believe it, because I have experienced it or hope for it within the inner recesses of my soul. This is the most important element to successful radio – authenticity. Listeners can tell when a broadcaster is being pretentious or doesn’t buy what they themselves are selling. Authenticity is the currency of traditional and digital content and young, up & coming broadcasters need to learn how to unlock this aspect of themselves before anything else.

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November 19th, 2018

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