I have always loved radio. I grew up in Southern California where the Los Angeles stations we listened to were among the best in the country. On FM, these were the days of free-form radio where DJ’s chose their own music and were able to make a real connection with the audience. There were many legendary DJ’s but Jim Ladd sticks out as one of my favorites. We listened to KLOS and the infamous KMET. KITS (Live 105) introduced those of us raised on 70’s rock to punk and new wave.
On AM, I listened every night to the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre broadcasts. These audio dramas come to life were enchanting and so well produced. I fell asleep to the stories every night. Los Angeles was also home to the Lakers and Chick Hern, the greatest basketball announcer ever as well as Vin Sculley doing Dodger broadcasts.
I loved the radio, I loved the theatre of the mind. There is something about just a voice, especially with headphones, that is more intimate than anything. It’s a special connection and you don’t get the feeling like there are tens of thousands of others also listening.
In college I worked at the campus radio station and loved it. I had on-air shifts and did post production work that ran throughout the day as well. I spent as much time at the station as I could. There was a moment I thought about dropping my plans to go to Silicon Valley and work with computers and pursue a radio career. It was a short lived moment, however, as I discovered radio is a very tough career. I stood better chances with computers.
The radio thing stuck with me and I tried to make it a hobby I could do in my spare time. But you can’t do radio as a hobby unless you have access to a radio station. Not much luck there and so the dream was put on the back shelf, until a miracle happened. Podcasting.
I had literally waited years for something like Podcasting to be invented. When I found it I couldn’t believe it. Everything I had been searching for. A way to do radio as a hobby. It wasn’t
I was an early Podcaster but I never thought about voiceover as any kind of side hustle. I think voiceover was associated with traditional media and we Podcasters were re-creating media and radio. It didn’t occur to me until very recently when I was looking for a little something on the side and I realized several of my Podcaster friends were doing it. Of course. I have the equipment and experience behind the mic. I also know how to edit audio and distribute it on the Internet.