The Crazy Things You Do In Radio


danaDana McDonald, 5:30 and 10 on Cool 101.3

Last week a listener named Chris stopped by the radio station to pick up a prize, and he wanted to take a peek in the studio to get a behind the scenes look at how the radio station works. I was more than happy to invite him into my “office” for a few minutes. We had a great conversation and swapped some stories, and as he was leaving he said “man, I picked the wrong line of work to get into, this looks like so much fun!”, and I have to say, I couldn’t agree more!

I’ve been lucky enough to be in this crazy business for over 30 years, and I can’t even begin to imagine doing anything else! I won’t lie…there are days, just like in any other job, when you think to yourself “why the hell am I doing this!”, but those days are very few and very far between.

I started thinking back over the years about some of the crazy things that I’ve done during my career. I’ve entered a goat milking contest, I’ve jumped into the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of the winter , I’ve repelled down a 17 story building, I’ve driven in a sulky horse race and got pooped on halfway around the track, luckily I had goggles on and my mouth was closed. I’ve lost on air challenges and had to eat an onion like an apple, Cheetos from between someone’s toes, and had to sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” live on the air, and trust me, if you had to hear me sing, it would be much more painful for you than me. I’ve hosted trips to the Caribbean, ski resorts and sporting events. I’ve met and interviewed a ton of celebrities including President Carter, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, John Mayer, Gwen Stefani, Valerie Bertinelli, Paula Deen, members of RUSH, and that’s just the beginning. And during all of it, I thought, to myself, someone is actually paying me to do this.

I’ve also been humbled and proud to be able to use my career as a tool to help raise money and awareness for such amazing causes as Special Olympics Delaware, The Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware, Food Bank of Delaware, Autism Delaware, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, First State Animal Center and SPCA and A.I. DuPont Hospital For Children, just to name a few.

I’ve met countless amazing people along the way and created friendships that would not have happened if it weren’t for this business, including my wife. So Chris, I have to agree with you, my job IS a lot of fun.

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