Ever since I got fired earlier this year from my long-running morning radio show, I’ve been paying attention to ads (like the one above that appeared this week on a leading radio site) seeking professional morning hosts. And feeling bad for the guys or girls whose own jobs are being advertised.

It must suck to read one of these ads and realize the job up for grabs might be the one you currently hold.

On the other end, if you’re seeking a new job, as you read an ad like this, you tend to ask yourself a few questions. How many of my “great ideas” and “proven bits” will they actually allow me to execute? Does a smaller company automatically qualify as the antithesis of “evil”?

Do I really want to work for an outfit that doesn’t spell a simple word like “jokester” correctly? And if they don’t utilize spell-check, what other important details will fall through the cracks?

The process of finding the right job is always a challenge in broadcasting.

One time I drove five hours to meet with my prospective new morning show partner, the station’s program director, and the station’s consultant. The partner never showed up and the consultant tried to get me to smoke some weed with him in the parking lot. Even though I was out of work at the time, I turned down that job. And the joint.

On another occasion, I drove to a Top 10 market to interview for a morning show position. The process included a two-hour trial shift on a Saturday.

I prepped heavily for the try-out, wrote and recorded a customized parody song, pre-taped an interview with an iconic NHL Hall of Famer who played his entire career in that city, and lined up other famous locals to join me as guests to discuss topical issues.

I knocked it out of the park!

When I met back up with the station’s program director who brought me in for the interview, I asked him what he thought.

He said: “I was busy with some other stuff. Sorry, bud, never heard it.”

Wow! Did you acquire those management skills from Donald Trump or working at Chuck E. Cheese’s?

Thank God I didn’t need THAT job either!

Through the years, I’ve discovered that factors like market size or salary mean very little in determining the value of a job. So, this time around, I’m keeping it real. I’ve narrowed down my choices to (A) making announcements over the loudspeakers at local high schools, (B) wearing one of those cool headsets at Old Navy, or (C) calling Bingo numbers at the American Legion.

Dave Coombs is a longtime morning radio host whose next show begins shortly.

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