Today my drive to work was different than any other because I was on my way to pick up keys to my new place here in Moose Jaw.
It’s right downtown, close to different boutiques and restaurants (which I’m excited to check out), but most importantly it’s walking distance to the office.
The past few weeks I’ve been driving from Regina to Moose Jaw, and while the drive can be mundane, it made me appreciate and reinstate my love for radio.
Some people need a cup of coffee first thing in the morning before they can even speak to anyone.
Others need a cigarette or a morning run. Whatever it is, we all have these weird or not-so-weird tasks we need to get done before we can embrace the day.
I have a morning routine, just like others, and radio is it. It’s my pick me up. Morning radio makes me laugh, makes me cry, and all around makes me happy. I’m not a station snob, where I only listen to one station throughout my drive.
I like to flip through to catch the best stories of the day.
The voices draw me in. Having to focus on stories about people alerts me and gets me excited about going into work to talk to my own interviews. Hopefully I can make people emotionally react to the things I am writing, whether it’s happiness or anger — I embrace it all.
I think radio is so special because you can get away with a lot and never know what you’re going to get when you get in the car and turn on the dial. On one station you will have a DJ call up a person and trick him into thinking he just won concert tickets to a Led Zeppelin tour that doesn’t exist.
Change the station to hear about a quirky story how Facebook users think a recent inmate is too hot to be imprisoned.
Continue turning the dial and you’ll hear people arguing about a recent news story, or how someone thinks Kim Kardashian plucked her baby’s eyebrows. Radio is absurd and I could not love it more.
Today while picking up the keys to my new place, I was excited, but sad about the fact my morning routine will be affected. However, who needs to hear the news when you’re living it.
Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes