Wednesday, June 08, 2011


For those of you curious what was on the casette tape in the back of my desk drawer, it was an on-air conversation between the news chick and me about the current style of denim jeans.  I'd been shopping for jeans and was frustrated that most of the pants I found at the store had very skinny legs and very wide waists.  Like a martini glass.

It was a great conversation except for some reason none of the news chick's comments recorded on the tape.  At one point, there's a long moment of me occasionally mumbling "Mm hm," and "Yeah," and "Right!"  But nothing else.

Since half of the conversation is missing and I can never use it for anything the way it is, I am convinced it would have been the most brilliant thing to have on a resume tape.



Bou said...

Ok, this is not helping. It's lending itself to more questions, like... had you listened to it before? Why was it taped? Do you remember the conversation? And... were there answers as to where we should shop for jeans that do not suffer from martini glass syndrome? Just an answer to the last one suffices. I need new jeans!

Roses said...

Bou: First rule of radio broadcasting is "Record Everything".
A responsible jock will run tape on everything because you just never know when something boring you've planned turns into something golden.
In fact, there are machines designed to start recording the moment a microphone is turned on and stop when the mic is turned off. This machine is called a Skimmer. Most good radio stations have this. (Mine does not.)
This way, you can use recorded stuff for awards entries, critiques with your boss, or for your resume tape.
If the contents of the tape have something you can use, you label it and keep it. If not, you rewind it and tape over it.

Apparently, I'd saved this particular tape because I thought it had something useful on it. No, I had not listened to it. What for? I had been there for the original conversation. I simply labeled it and stored it for future use.
Only just now, when I had a chance and/or a reason to use it, did I find out half of it is gone.

Finally, if there was an answer on that tape as to where to find non-martini jeans, it would have been the news chick who gave it, and, alas, ear wax.

Bou said...

Holy crap. I had no idea, but it all makes sense. Your world is so different from mine. In my world, we can't have tape recorders or cameras. We get visits from gov't entities to make sure everything is where everyone says and that we all know the rules.

I'd absolutely never thought about how everything would be recorded and... I don't know how I'd deal with that. I'm wondering... if I'd feel like I was on a reality show where my life could be played back to me? (or at least portions of it...) It's what you know... but I suspect it would be difficult for me, at least at first.

Thank you for the look inside your work life... I want a field trip! ;-)

Roses said...

Well, then, here's a little Big Brother for you...

Whenever you call a radio station studio, whether you're playing a contest or just calling to see if school in cancelled, there's a good chance you are being recorded. And it's legal, even if they don't tell you you're being recorded, but I'm not sure why. (Something about reasonable expectation, like if you slip and fall on a slice of pepperoni in a pizza shop, you can't win a wreckless whats-a-whozit lawsuit because anyone would reasonably expect a piece of food to be on the floor of a restaurant.)
The way you can know for sure you are being recorded (or being put live on the air) is you will hear a burst of static. That burst indicates a connection to air and/or recording equipment.

Totally freaked out?

Bou said...

I would be if I ever called! It's funny, but I'll talk to the radio when I know an answer or when I disagree with something or when someone calls in and says something insane.. but I won't call myself. I know there are scads of people who call all the time, but I'm OK with just listening.

I suspect calling a radio station would be like when I call my insurance company and I hear 'this call may be recorded for training purposes'. That's cool. I wonder if they do that so people will be more polite...

Mrs. Who said...

In the state of Alabama, as long as one person is aware that a phone conversation is being taped, the other person doesn't have to be told he/she is being recorded.