We all know how time works…it’s fast and slow at the same time. Only 15 years ago I was a student at UW-Oshkosh and so much has happened since then, it’s hard to remember what the experience was like.
Still, I have photos. Here are my friends and I at WRST-FM, the radio station of the UW-Oshkosh Titans:
Three of us hosted a weekend show playing music from the 80s. Our friends played a rotating cast of characters. It was a blast.
But that’s the sneaky thing about a good education. The fun might blind you to the fact that you’re learning something. Here are ten lessons I learned from college that I’m still using today:
- Timing. At any moment you could ask me what time it is and I could probably give you a good guess without looking at a clock. I can estimate the time passed since the last time I looked at a clock or had another cue, like a legal ID.
- You’ll appreciate nearly any musical genre if you listen to it enough.
- A production board (and any hardware, really), isn’t as complicated as it might appear.
- Analog tape isn’t that hard to work with.
- The busier you are, the more efficient you’ll be with your time.
- Own your ideas and don’t wait for someone else to execute them for you.
- Quality of talent is more important than quality of facilities.
- Radio and TV folks have more in common than they’d like to think.
- Content is king.
- If you enjoy your work, you’ll never work a day in your life.
It’s easy to accept knowledge as something you’ve always had. I enjoyed the exercise of sourcing some of the knowledge that I take for granted today. I recommend giving it a try.