Radio and TV LGBT
Just wanted to check in briefly and say hello. So, as you know I'm back in New Jersey trying to get settled in. My dream job would be to have my own Radio show but more of an LGBTQ friendly one. It looks as if I may again have to take another job to support myself as I pursue my dream.
Before coming back home I lived in Connecticut and lastly Boston. The competition is fierce and it looks like it will be the same here. I did manage to find some work in Connecticut but not in Boston. I worked at a terrific community radio station in Connecticut called WAPJ located in Torrington. They are true radio lovers and welcomed me with open arms. Boston did not. In Boston you actually have to pay a fee to be on a community radio station.
When I arrived back in New Jersey it seemed like everyone was going to welcome me back with open arms. I met with someone at William Paterson College who said they could use a speaker like myself with many years of experience. Then my old station that I interned at WRNJ said they might have something. Sadly, those all seem to have gone by the wayside. There may be some hope at Centenary University.
Now to anyone who is aspiring to get into radio in New Jersey here is what I've learned. Most stations only allow students to have radio shows... darn! However, there are some that have a mix of Student and Community. There is no fee but students have first dibs. So out of all the many stations I've called there may be a glimmer of hope at Centenary. Stay tuned.
In closing, I will say that I'm a guy of a certain age and for almost all my life I have not been able to achieve my dreams which can be very frustrating and sad. However, I choose to focus on the positive. I have my health, a place to stay, friends, family and a state that I really feel at home in again!
If you're reading this and have had to put your dreams on hold or even abandon them I would love to hear from you! Thanks so much for reading and ttys!