Hey, Ms. DJ, play my song...
I was once told by a friend and co-worker that I should get a job where I get to "talk a lot." My friend was basically telling me that he found me to be quite chatty, to say the least, and that I should get paid to talk. I laughed at his statement, and continued to speak with him instead of doing some work.
His innocent comment stood out in my mind, but I didn't think much of it until a year ago. I knew that I was a very talkative person and that I should put my "talent" to good use, but I didn't know how.
I always had an interest with being on the radio, and I also wanted to know if I could do it. I called up a friend who was a DJ on 105.5 FM (CHRY, York University's radio station) and I asked him what I needed to do in order to be on the air.
Since it is a community radio station, all I had to do was complete the orientation process and fulfill some volunteer time. After that, I was able to be on the air. Simple, eh???
My first try was not successful and quite embarrassing (I read right off the paper), but I knew that I would do better the next time around. I received a call a few weeks later from the Program Director, asking me if I would like to be a part of a call in program. I said yes, but was seriously nervous. Could I be able to do it? Did my voice suck?? Would anyone call in???
I eventually went on the air and had a great time talking with the callers. I started doing the program in 2001, but it wasn't until 2002 that I really knew what I was doing. I'm a bit more confident, and I have pure fun doing the show with my co-host, Colin.
I'm no Jemeni or Angie Martinez, but I enjoy talking, and sometimes, airing my dirty laundry.
So if you're ever bored on a Sunday night, call me up and say wuz up to your girl. ¤ Michelle