Back in the old days (like 15 years ago), when local radio stations shared commercials using reel-to-reel tape, you’d see salespeople from other radio stations in the lobby all the time, picking one up or dropping one off. Now, since we just bounce commercials around via email, that rarely happens.
The other day, though, I looked up from my perch in the on-air studio, through the window into the front office, and saw salesperson Jill, who I used to work with at my last radio station. I like being able to see into the front office when I’m on the air. It’s like being a zoo animal. Visitors can watch me in my natural habitat, and I can throw my feces at them.
But back to Jill. While our nation was inaugurating a new President, the company I used to work for (the nation’s largest radio company) took the opportunity to let a whole bunch of people go, all over the country. Nothing real shocking about that. That’s the world we’re all living in right now. Around here, one of those people was Jill. And now here she is, standing in our lobby.
The interesting thing is that she’s standing there because she works here now.
Jill and I worked in different departments, and still do (I do the fun stuff, and Jill brings in the money.) So it’s not like we’re working side by side all day, but we do see each other around the building when she’s not out pounding the pavement. I always liked Jill. She’s a nice person, easy to work with, seems to have her stuff together.
I’m glad we’re back in the same radio family. It still surprises me to look up and see her, but in a good way. I hope Jill likes it here as much as I do.