We've talked a lot in this space about all you out of work radio folks - or as the NAB nicely refers to you as "free agents." Hopefully, your fortunes will turn in this third half of the year, and you'll be among the employed once again.
But today's post is dedicated to the hard-working professionals who are still at it - 7 days a week, often doing two, three, or more jobs under often difficult conditions. As radio's rank and file plow forward, with share prices low, demands high, their options underwater, and dreams of advancement long on hold, their hard work and dedication is often overlooked.
The industry is often focused on the big headlines affecting radio - PPM, the health of the major broadcasting companies, the performance tax - while often missing some of the real heroes of 2009. This has been a difficult and often discouraging year for many in radio, and the fourth quarter will no doubt be fraught with challenges.
So as we celebrate Labor Day weekend, a hearty thanks to everyone in radio who's fighting the good fight, and showing the greatest dedication of their careers. They are doing it with blood, sweat, tears, and mirrors - and hopefully, they'll have a chance to put down those BlackBerries and iPhones, and kick back to enjoy some much earned time off with friends and families.