So, I woke up in the middle of the night to do something, and I turned on a few things, including the radio – which is pre-set to a certain station.
I wasn’t interested in what the talk-show host was saying but since it was the middle of the night, everything was quiet so I could hear him rambling on about how he hadn’t missed a show for the past decade due to illness. I won’t mention his name but the guy compared himself to Cal Ripken about his “streak.”
Excuse me? If any caller made such a comparison, most hosts would hang up and call that caller names. Yet this particular host compared himself to Ripken. The irony is he then mentioned missing the previous week and having his producer cover for him. Uhm – doesn’t matter if it was a vacation, the fact that he missed his own shows meant there was no streak at all.
The worst part, though, was how he then threw the aforementioned producer under the bus by going on a rant about how the producer, whom he explained would be away for the entire week, had not returned his work-related phone calls (or, apparently, takes too long to do so). His sound engineer (I assume) or whoever it is then said on the air perhaps the two should just hash it out over a work lunch some day, but the host completely trashed the idea and said that he (the host himself) had no time. He was serious about this situation – it wasn’t a light banter or a joke. (The context was, according to what the host said, that the producer had texted him to say he was going to be away for the week without any further explanations and wouldn’t answer the host’s subsequent call.)
Excuse me? So, apparently the solution, when you have some sort of issue with a colleague, is to throw him under the bus publicly (since the guy claimed he had a large audience because of his college football coverage) instead of talking things over privately like grown adults are supposed to do? Got it.
And he even then said on air that he normally replied to or answered a call within a reasonable amount of time – whereas his producer didn’t. Then he quickly changed his answer to when he got a call from his own boss. As I was wrapping up my things, I was thinking this guy was full of it. I was sure that, for example, if I were to contact him on social media and asked to see if he would review my manuscript, he would (like others) just ignore my message.
But seriously – if you’re taking time off work for vacations – which is normal – don’t act like you have a “streak” going like Cal Ripken did. That’s absurd. Just like throwing people under the bus instead of making time to resolve your issue with them.
And after that, I simply turned everything off and went back to sleep.