How Many Radio Guys Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

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Up Up and Away we Go!

Manistique, Michigan  –   You’ve heard the jokes about how many(___Blank___) does it takes to change a light bulb.  Well here is the broadcasting – Radio guys version.

  • Someone woke up early, so the coffee was made (1)
  • The engineer tells us the bulbs are out and then continues to bug everyone until we do something…(2)
  • Production drafts a demo spot so the sales team can try to sell us on the idea of changing the bulbs, using the old feature, benefit argument.  I agree it’s better to go up before it snows a bunch… Man these guys are convincing! (3, 4)
  • Someone to make a pot of coffee – this has been work so far! (5)
  • Traffic and Billing needs to schedule the climb and ensure we don’t go over on our breaks! Only 15min every 4 hours… ;-) (6)
  • Engineering bugs us again, telling us the statistical reasoning for the re-lamping needing to be done now, the dates of the last light bulb change, and lectures everyone in the studios about the bell curve life cycle of the light bulbs… good times! (7)
  • At least 2 pots of coffee are consumed while debating if we should change still working bulbs or leave them – The Bell Curve was a big player in the debate (8 – Hey someone has to make the coffee.)
  • The News department scheduled time to be on-site to report on how the climb is going (9,10)
  • There are at least 6 people talking about it on the air at all times (11,12,13,14,15,16)
  • Need more coffee – 2 more pots (17)
  • Three people writing about it for the website and trying to calm the engineer down and get him to stop pacing back and forth because the station is on low power. (18, 19, 20)
  • Before anyone clips on to the tower there is a fight in the production department over Analog or Digital being better, and how the station processing will sound on low power… oh boy… (21, 22, 23, 24, 25)
  • Oh and then the guys to climb up there to change the bulbs (26, 27)
  • Once it’s all said and done we need a cup of coffee to relax and warm up after a long day’s work (28)
  • The Morning Show guys talk about it the next day and make jokes about the whole process and how they could have done it better and faster. (29, 30, 31)
  • So 31 Broadcasters to change a light bulb.  Wow, who would have thought!

In all honesty it only took (2) of us to complete the job.  Yes, there was Coffee involved and we did send engineering into a tizzy with the stations being on low power, and I love the morning guys thinking they could climb faster!

With two guys on the tower it only took around 2 hours total to climb to the top, all 700 feet, and re-lamp all 15 bulbs.  The bulbs used are designed specifically for tower lighting, these things are tough!  If you see in the pictures below I dropped one from the top and its didn’t shatter.  I threw a total of 7 light bulbs off of the tower and 3 survived the fall!  It was a beautiful day to be on the tower and I was happy to be up there before the snow really hit.  Not to mention the sun set as we left the tower site… ah!  But… the best site of all was the red glow of the tower lights behind us.

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