For those who are familiar with my blog (by the way, I am overwhelmed by your comments), you may have seen the trend. I often talk about basketball, radio, movies and books. These are my passions. As much as I would love to talk about girls, I feel I am not really qualified to talk about the subject lol (trust me on that one!).
So, here is another radio story
At the end of my contract with my first radio station in Toronto , I took a long leave of absence from radio; mainly because of the project in which I was involved (see “My Journey to the Big One”). I really missed radio during that time. There is something special about putting on those headphones in front of the microphone listening to the music waiting for the time to go on air. Priceless.
Okay, back to the story. My friend Marius, who is a big fan of “The Alchemist” and my blog as well, sent me an e-mail last week letting me know that if I did not publish a book on my blogs, he would do it himself. Marius has such a sense of humor and I am glad he is my friend (I should write an entire blog on how he has been such a blessing in my life).
After reading his e-mail, I took some time and thought about all the times when “the whole world conspired in helping me to achieve what I wanted” and I couldn’t help thinking about how I returned to being on air.
If I am not mistaken, it was in 2006. I received a number of e-mails mentioning that there would be a new radio station in Toronto broadcasting online. I thought it was a great idea, but I felt it was not for me. But friends who knew my passion for radio kept asking me why I was not involved in the project.
Finally, I decided to contact the owner of the radio, and he told me that he heard much about me and he wanted to contact me (I think I am a celebrity who does not know that he is one lol, what do you think?). After talking with him, I thought it was a great project.
He told me that he would like to hire me as a journalist for his radio. I did not exactly share this idea. I mentioned to him that I would rather do my independent production and have the station broadcast my shows. We had a deal.
You must be thinking that I had this huge production company with all the equipment to do the shows. I had nothing. Did you hear that? Nothing! Not even an idea of what would be the topics of my shows.
And then “the whole world conspired in helping me to achieve what I wanted”. By that time, a long-time friend of mine with whom I did many projects back home had moved to Toronto . I told him about the idea of doing our own radio shows, and he was ready to go. He told me that he had bought a new computer, so we could use it to edit the shows. It was a great idea and I was very excited about it. Did I tell you that we did not have the editing software? And if we had, I had no idea how to use it. Besides, we had no microphone (please don’t laugh at me).
Things started to move so fast. A lady who used to work at the same radio station I worked for back home told me that she knew how to use the editing software. The owner of the online radio station mentioned to me that he would give me a recorder, a microphone and the software. I took a thirty minutes training on how to use the software (either my friend was a good teacher or I was simply a genius). I was ready to go.
We did around fifteen shows before the radio station shut down. I thought my adventures with radio production were over until I was contacted by my former radio station asking me if I was interested in doing a show with them. I asked them if I could do it from home, to which they said yes.
This is my second season with them, and since then I have received a brand new computer, brand new microphone and an up-to-date editing software, all of that for….free (friends showed up out of the blue with those gifts).
I did not buy any of the equipment. Now you can listen to me every Saturday at 10 am ( Toronto time). I won’t even mention the radio station. You will have to insist for me to give it to you lol
Moral of the story? Not much. Just read “The Alchemist” and you will receive a free computer.
Always a pleasure