After a very stressful day, it was finally time to go home. However, I was still feeling stressed out and did not look forward to sitting in the car for a couple of hours in traffic … so I got off of the freeway and made my way to one of my favorite places, parked the car, and immediately went to the back part of my Jeep AKA my closet and hoped that I had ‘walking clothes’…took me a minute to dig out some clothes and my walking shoes…then it was about, where to change? Where else? My dressing area…the backseat of the Jeep LOL! Grabbed my mp3 player and off I went: had a great walk and realized that I need to make this a priority ASAP for the following reasons: 1) to walk off this ‘lonja’ that is growing on my stomach, 2) to keep taking care of myself and walking off stress, walking my way back to health and away from extra pounds and 3) to think about and plan my future. Walking helps to keep me positive and productive therefore it MUST become a priority for me like yesterday!
Was late for a very important appointment and got called out on it. Man, I really have to get Inner Chingona in gear to get myself to places on time. How would it feel for me to arrive on time everywhere I go?
In no particular order:
1. Less stress on the way to the appointment and less stress on my face when I arrive.
2. Can arrive ready to meet or work my projects.
3. Can anticipate any emergencies that may come up.
4. Can actually be counted on to be where I say I am going to be.
5. Become a woman of my word.
Ok, Inner Chingona…this is so something that I am not accustomed to … and I am willing to learn how to be on time for Item #5 on my list if nothing else…being a woman of my word. We have a lot of work to do and this work needs to be done QUICK. aaaaaaaay…
I always remember November 4th as a very momentous day … it was the very first time that I ever spoke on-air while in my Broadcasting class at KNBS 90.3 when I was in high school. My mom, of all people, encouraged me to sign up for this Broadcasting class back in the day because, according to her, I was always saying that I wanted to be on the air. I swear that I do not even remember saying this when I was a child…but know one thing: the MINUTE I walked into the studio, I so KNEW that I was where I was meant to be!
I was shaking and very nervous thinking what lots of people think: that there are so many people listening LOL — my school station was only about 200 watts I think so maybe it was about 5 or 10 people listening, if THAT. The very first thing was read a PSA (public service announcement in both English and Spanish) and then I was asked to introduce a couple of songs during an hour during that day…my face still gets red when I think about it! LOL Eventually, like many of us who start off in campus radio, I had my own show on Tuesday nights. My target audience was my brothers and sisters and I played whatever they liked … I remember that the guys at the station would tell me that I had a nice voice but that they didn’t recognize any of my music LOL. Eventually, I got it that I had to follow a Top 40 format, or at least try to…
While I may be a little more jaded now because my entire career has been spent in radio … and while I moved from on-air to the Marketing side … I know that all of my brothers/sisters in radio will agree with me on this one: there is absolutely no energy like the one that emanates from a radio station…especially one that is rising in popularity…it’s awesome!
Some of my radio stories:
CARMEN SO GOT IN TROUBLE FOR PLAYING THIS SONG THREE TIMES IN A ROW…Just because I liked it LOL “Got to Be Real” Cheryl Lynn…like this vid of Patti Labelle and Mariah Carey singing this song because I used to sing it all loud like that…
FIRST SONG I PLAYED ON-AIR ON AS A PAID WEEKEND PERSONALITY … at a Tejano station and had no clue who David Lee Garza was … mucho menos his singer Emilio Navaira … needless to say, I became a fan that MINUTE…”Me Quieres Tu o Te Quiero Yo” David Lee Garza
ONCE ON MIDDAYS, I EITHER STARTED OR ENDED MY SHOW WITH THIS SONG…what else but “Se Me Perdio La Cadenita” Sonora Dinamita
BEING THAT I CAME FROM A TEJANO STATION, MY NEW LISTENERS ALWAYS KNEW THAT THEY WOULD HEAR music by Selena…I was probably one of the only ones on air who didn’t pronounce her name ‘Se-le-na’, she was always “Se-lee-na” to me…
THIS SONG WAS ON WHEN I TRIPPED AND FELL IN FRONT OF MY STUDIO WHILE RUNNING FROM THE BATHROOM, I COULD NEVER HEAR IT EVER AGAIN WITHOUT LAUGHING AND THINKING ABOUT THE BIG BRUISE ON MY KNEE LOL ‘Tumbando Cana’ Banda Maguey
Sooooo many more stories and my share of ‘radio nightmares’ – where you dream that the mic won’t work and you have to talk that second or you’re unable to ‘pot’ turn up the music on time, etc. My career has taken me to many places, I’ve gotten to meet so many people and do so many events…it’s always been fun and I’ve always been lucky — I always knew what I wanted to do … love it!
Slowly but surely, the fog that has surrounded me is lifting…
It seems that all I needed was to make a couple of very difficult, yet very necessary, choices. Isn’t it a trip that once you make these types of decisions, that the way suddenly becomes clear…that the previous path only brought frustration and roadblocks and, once the choice is made, that the fog lifts, and with that fog, the stress and drama seems to become much lighter as well. While others can watch from the sidelines and tell me, “you should do this…you should do that…or not”, ultimately, I am the one who has walked through this mess and I am the one who needed to get hit on the head by reality LOL! Everyone’s good intentions, while welcome, was a bit overwhelming at times. I could barely make it through a day, mucho menos, figure out what I was going to do with my life.
One thing is for certain: it’s all about stepping forward boldly and letting Inner Chingona out more as I embark on the next phase of my journey…