I am sorry as I am literally walking out the door and came to turn off my computer. Good question.Radio is "theater of the mind" and so is the reality of what broadcasters do these days. It is a perception that when you hear someone on the radio you "perceive" that they are there full time, when in actuality they may be there an hour or two, the rest is prerecorded or Voicetracked -VT. We get paid $10-12 an hour. Based on EEO policy, as well as discrimination
, my situation flirts dangerously close to both. Only 2 items here that I believe I've been wronged. 1: the job was not posted at all. They do have a posting up all the time for on-air talent PT, but not specifically for this position, so that others within the station could try for the job. 2: My supervisor has obviously ignored my texts and emails for 2 months as I asked about how I could get extra hours as I did not want to leave the station, as I have been courted for another position as well. I have copies of those. Yet while I'm requesting a sit down with him, he is changing the entire lineup of staff. I believe I am the best person for the job but I did not have a chance. We're not talking big bucks here. We're talking maybe 3 extra hours per day@ 12hr. But the perception to the listeners and the radio community as a whole is that the DJ is FT. The ethic is wrong. I don't know if there is any money to be made from this via a lawsuit, but I do hope to make a point that this in itself is a form of discrimination. If my supervisor is found to be at error he could be held accountable as well as the station with fines from the FCC. As I've researched this in othertypes of employment, some good advice was to talk to the HR person first. So, I have written a letter, a small novel in itself, about what has transpired, my attempt at progressing at the station, my history at the station(absence, write-ups) vs Martina. Along with copies of emails and texts that I am available and willing to work , that have gone unanswered and ignored. I will talk to our business mgr, who is our local HR contact, and ask that my letter be signed and received by our GM, Station Mgr and put in our Public File. This is not a good thing for the station. Also, I am sending a copy to our main HR director in Los Angeles. I do believe I will be exiting the station soon, especially after this. I will continue to put my best foot forward and continue to have a positive attitude. This could have a financial impact by the FCC, they may ask me to shut up and leave. Again, its not about the $$ as I also have another job that pays me $20hr whether I'm there or not, as well as my own small voiceover business. It is about the perception by listeners as Im sure many will wonder why Martina is at my position and I'm simply PT. BTW I have already sent a text to congratulate Martina on her promotion
, and I will nominate her for the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame as no one else has.