Well, there's no doubt about it--daily life has changed in America due to COVID-19, including right here in Alaska and yes, at our very own iHeart radio studios. So, I thought I'd pull back the curtain and let you peak in from a safe social media distance and see what a radio deejay is doing to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
When you break it down, a radio studio is really just an office with a microphone and mixer added. Everything else is standard office stuff--phones, computers, pens, paper, etc. A lot of this will be helpful to keep in mind at your office.
BUT WE SHARE MICROPHONES--WHAT'S A DEEJAY TO DO??
I regularly record in two studios (Magic 98.9 and Alaska's Total Traffic), and sometimes three or four studios in a day depending on commercials I produce and helping others record. Even my office (which is the Total Traffic studio) has some shared duties with other deejays.
So, let's start with those MICROPHONE COVERS aka socks, windscreens and 'foamies.' They are great for cutting down on ambient wind noises and some popping, but are NOTORIOUS for smelling like a stale breakfast burrito if not properly cared for.
Trust me, I know. I used to be a midday jock.
Our engineer gathered them all up and gave them a good wash/dry. They are just soft spongy material, after all-- kind of like the kind in some dishwashing pads or makeup applicators (don't ask me how I know that).
SNIFF...mmmmmmm!! I detect a fabric softener too. No static cling-- and no static popping for our radio shows. I suspect my show today will have more BOUNCE in it. Ba-dum-BUMP!! ;-)
At the end of the day, I'll wash it in the sink with some dish soap and let it dry overnight in my office.
Next-- the microphone itself. No sense putting a clean sock on a dirty foot, right? Well, same goes for a wind sock on a dirty mic. I am swabbing the mic itself with alcohol preps or Lysol and letting it air dry before I sock it.
Now, my microphone is as clean as my language (are you reading this, FCC? I'm a good boy!).
ON TO THE REST OF THE STUDIO. Remember, do not spray liquid cleaners directly on electronics. Spray on a cloth or paper towel and wipe down surfaces, especially frequently touched AND SHARED controls, such as computer mice, keyboards, telephone receivers and buttons, and doorknobs, doorknobs, doorknobs!!
Think about all the surfaces you and coworkers come into contact with at work. Give them a good cleaning and sanitizing.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST! WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY! Wash for at least 20 seconds with soap and water each time. Between washings, use hand sanitizer, especially if you think you've come in contact with a common surface (doorknobs, money, etc.).
I also use the paper towel I dry with to open the bathroom door before throwing it away.
AND CAN WE FINALLY DITCH THE COMMUNAL COFFEE STIR SPOON, KAREN?? At long last, can we just admit that this is a failed experiment that never caught on, like Betamax or the Zune? Like the word 'fetch,' stop trying to make it happen. It's not going to happen!
A shared coffee stir spoon is just another way of saying I DON'T WANT TO WASH THIS SPOON! Can we just let the idea crash and burn like a Galaxy Note 7? Please??
Now look what you made me do, Karen. I'M USING DATED REFERENCES HERE!
This will be my routine each day. It's nothing too extreme-- I'm just giving my work areas an additional sanitizing on top of what our cleaning service does. Better to have overlapping cleanings these days, right?
I hope you enjoyed your peak into the 'glamorous' life of a radio deejay during the Coronavirus outbreak. My colleagues and I want you to be safe, and we'll continue to keep you updated as best we can to help you do the same. Thanks for loggin' where I'm bloggin'.
DISCLAIMER: Nobody named Karen works at our Anchorage studios. I don't think we've ever had a Karen at this office, and if we did, she never left a shared coffee stir spoon. I sincerely apologize profusely to all the Karens of the world and generations of Karens yet to be born. ~B