When I left my corporate job in late 2012, it was ostensibly to concentrate on getting my masters degree in creative writing. That was the plan. Write, go to school, repeat. A few weeks into my little sabbatical from a 40 hour work week, after I cleaned and organized all of our closets, after I made some elaborate meals, after I started to feel a little wacky about being home all day, I applied for an internship at NHPR. That was in January of 2013. About a year ago, they started paying me as a part-time producer and in January I added on the responsibilities of production assistant. I was working part-time, going to school and preparing to part with 60% of my liver. While they didn’t have to, the station let me return to my part-time job after my recuperation from surgery and welcomed me back enthusiastically. I returned to work in June and then, my dear friend and fellow producer on Word of Mouth decided to make a career change. While I’m still sad that he’s gone–he taught me a lot about radio production and continues to be a calming presence in my often chaotic life–his departure meant there was an opportunity for me to apply for his position. Which I did. And on Monday of this week I officially became a full-time public radio producer for Word of Mouth.
I’m ridiculously fortunate that I was able to take time off to–as cliché as it sounds–find myself. Radio production is a daily challenge; there are hard deadlines that occasionally stress me out, but it’s only because I love the team I work with and I want them to be proud of me. I’m consistently amazed by the combined talent of the tiny little team that puts together a mighty fine daily show. If you’d like to listen to the show, we did a theme show this week and it’s pretty great. Here’s a link: