Yesterday we posted a story about Black programmers, job security and depression. The response was much better than we anticipated and many Black programmers responded. How do Urban Radio programmers feel about their current jobs, the future and opportunities? Read on…– Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll (click “Next” above or below)
An overwhelming 90% of participants stated that they are stressed out. To that end a few very interesting things came up that were immediately apparent. We didn't go into detaiil as to why but some of the other answers reflect what the overall problem may be. – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Like their Jobs
75% of participants stated they like their jobs. – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Still Like Radio
85% Another high point is that Urban PDs still enjoy radio – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Can You Work in Other Formats Besides Urban?
85% of participants answered yes to this question indicating they are willing, eager and ready to accept the challenge. Do they also feel there are opportunities FOR them to work in other formats besides Black? This prompted our next question…– Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Do You Feel there is Racism in Radio?
Not much of a surprise here especially since the owner of this blog comes from radio. An overwhelming 91% of participants feel racism is prevelant and a problem in radio today. – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
This was another shocker only 10% of participants agreed to this question, indicating why so many Black PDs are stressed out, there is very little job security. – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Do You Often Worry about Getting Fired
50% answered yes to this, considering most are contracted this would make sense, if it was 20 years ago during the mom and pop era this would have gotten 100% – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Are you Depressed on Your Job Now
Only 30% feel they are currently depressed in their working situations which would make sense since depression and stress are actually different things – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Have You Ever Been Depressed working in the industry?
This response was different 83% of the participants state they have been depressed. We have all had those periods when we were not working and the industry threw us away…. Until the next job comes along then we're popular again… – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Do You Feel Great about Your Future in the Industry?
Most Black programmer participants do not feel great about the future. Only 12% of participants are optimistic about their industry future. – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Do You Feel UNCERTAIN about Your Future in the Industry?
Almost three quarters of participants do feel uncertain. A total of 71% to be exact.
– Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Do You Think You will find Another Job After Your Current One…
This has to be THE biggest shocker of all…just 5% of the participants think there is another job waiting for them if their current one ends. This would explain the stress even more. – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
Other areas of interest… Some programmers mentioned some of the music they play is detremental to black youth and some complained of having to answer to people who know anything about black culture or music but think they do. – Radio Facts Urban Radio Programmer Poll
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