"In the press this week, NBC has been calling me every name in the book. In fact, they think I'm such an idiot they now want me to run the network" - Cincinnati.com (blog) Hmmmm... what would Jay say to Conan? "Keep your chin up"??? Word is a "settlement" between Conan and NBC is near!
Conan, I feel your pain!
Not once, but TWICE I went through something similar to what you're experiencing! Early in my radio career, I quit my full-time job when I was given a morning DJ slot, only to get a call Sunday night (I was to start Monday morning) from the program director, who informed me they "found somebody else and he was so good we couldn't let him go." I was devastated! But I went over to that radio station Monday morning at 9 and spoke with the General Manager. To make a long long story very short: he gave me some part-time and sales assignments. We became fast friends! The guy they hired instead of me was fired within a year for drinking alcohol on the job. The program director who hired me was fired for reasons I won't disclose. I was promoted to program director!
My second career mishap also involved radio: I was given a position as lead anchor for afternoon drive on a very popular station. This time the frantic call came on a Friday afternoon (I was supposed to start Monday) from the fellow who hired me, the News Director, who profusely apologized: the station had been SOLD and nobody knew until it was a done deal. The entire news staff, including the fellow who hired me, were immediately dismissed! Luckily, my full-time job at that time ran from 11 am to 7pm, so it was no big deal!
Everything happens for a reason, and looking back, I'm glad things happened the way they did! Maybe someday Conan will feel the same way. Maybe Not ;)
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