Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll Radio: The Audition

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Hey there. This is an excerpt from my upcoming book. It’s unedited, and un-proofread, so keep that in mind! Hope you like it.   When a new station is launched, or a station flips formats (which is far more common than a launch from a previously static frequency), the station does what is called “stunting.” The most common stunts are “10,000 in a row before commercials” or playing clips of songs from different formats and having the listeners email or call in with their suggestions on what the new station […]

Digital Ghosts.

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I’m taking a break from work and my phone rings. I look down at the caller ID. It says Grandpa. I hesitate for a moment because a) his birthday was last week, and b) he never calls me. Oh also, he’s been dead for two years. What the fuck, I think. I stare at the phone for a moment longer and then answer. Me: Uhhh…hello? Mom: Are you busy? I need website help. Me: What the…why are you…how are you calling from Grandpa’s phone? Mom: What? Me: My caller ID […]

Heroes.

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The real world is a complicated place, starkly different than the world I grew up with, a world of black and white. If something was bad, I was taught, it was from the devil. If it was good, it was from God. “How do I know if something is bad or good?” I would ask. And then I would be told it was simple – all my answers were in the bible. Of course, that also required me to believe that the harmful thoughts that ran through my mind from […]