Big Pipes

I have had it up to here with all this sensationalized PRESS about the homeless guy with the great voice.  (Again, I’m not a racist / but I’m gonna say it)..  This would not be a news story if this guy wasn’t a minority. 

I know of two people in just my immediate area who worked in the radio business  and have been out of work for 2 or more years.  One of whom is living in a local shelter.  The broadcasting business has evolved into an awful environment.  With computerization, etc. , radio stations (in particular) need very few people to operate.  20 years ago, a basic radio station required a DJ for every shift, usually requiring 5 or more on the air staff.  Most would also have a news person or staff.  Today, one company owns several stations in a market.  They may have a total of 3 or 4 air staffers to run all the stations.  When you hear an announcer speak on the radio… most of the time it’s pre-recorded.  There are very few live programs.  Ever wonder why the weather forecasts are rarely correct?  It’s because they were recorded a day or so prior, with the announcer guessing at the forecast, that far in advance.

So why all the hoopla over this guy Ted Williams in Columbus, Ohio?  He is just one of many.  He’s supposedly getting a free house, a new job, and a new lease on life.  Good for him!  God Bless him!  But, my complaint is; he’s nobody special.  This is a publicity stunt for the organization(s) that found him.   He admits, he ended up on the street because of an alcohol problem. 

Damn, half the people I knew in the radio biz had that problem.  Sorry side to that story is that many of them, are the ones that got to keep their sorry jobs. 

Let’s wait 6 months, and see how Lucky Ted turns out.  I know in my heart that we are not hearing the entire story about this guy.  That story will never make it to U-Tube.  I hope it flushes out in the wash.  There are many more “great pipes” out of work, who are so much more deserving of these freebies and notoriety!   Sorry Ted, nothing against you personally.  But, you and I know we haven’t heard the entire story yet!

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