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- June 12th, 22:04
Waiting. Volunteer community radio. My first live shift in 28(?) years starts at 3AM. I tried napping earlier, it didn't work.
The station has a strange format. I need to apply equal emphasis to each of the five genres: Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk, and World. Blues has a strong overlap with Jazz. Folk seems to encompass Country, among many other things. One third of what I play should come from the New rack, and one third from their core artists, and I need to make sure to work in at least one local band each hour, and I should try to keep things mixed up instrumentally, and vocally, and in tempo, and ... you get the picture.
No artist should repeat in 6 hours, no song should repeat in 3 days.
And yet, within those constraints, there is an enormous range of freedom. They are enforcing variety, not conformity.
I should sleep, but I can't seem to turn the excitement off. I was very good at this stuff 30 years ago, but I've been under a rock, as it were, for the past 30 years and I am not at all good on current music, and the station started its library right about the time I crawled under my rock, and so the stuff I would gravitate to isn't available.