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Old 07-13-2007, 01:44 AM
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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My chosen obsession, er, uh career, is that of a radio broadcaster. I've lived in New Hampshire...South Carolina..Florida...Mississippi and North Dakota. Out of the lot, I enjoyed ND alot.

I realize ND and CO are different, but in general I seem to be more attracted to ND/SD/MT/CO/WY area when I look for work because I find it to be absolutely beautiful, and that matters most to me. I like to live somewhere where there's character in the land and people around you.....

Anyways, my equestion is.. what area would be good for me to look at? I'm NOT a fan of big towns, but I don't like living in the middle of nowhere, and feel lucky to have a phone line. Somewhere in between rural and big city..

When I lived in North Dakota, I lived pretty close to work.. and the bank, grocery store and post office were close by. I worked at a station that everyone listened to and always knew who/where we were. I often went on bikerides thru town after work as exercise and in general it was a nice, quiet, calm type of town.. low crime too. Williston wasn't just a town where people happened to live, but it was a community.. where people did things together, went to a bunch of town events, etc..

Weather doesn't bother me, hot or cold.. I'm a grown boy, I can handle it.

Any ideas or suggestions on places for me to look?

(Did I make any sense here and make it clear what I'm looking for? It's kinda hard to exactly put a finger on/describe what I like)
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:39 AM
Location: NYC
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Default Go and visit

I suugest that you take a visit to the area. We are from NY and knew we wanted to be near Denver (40 min away max). We just drove around the different areas stopped at some local places in the areas we liked, talked to some people and narrowed it down quickly. I think when you go there you will just know.....we chose Kittredge/Evergreen area. Good Luck...follow your intuition.....
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:32 AM
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I agree that there are similarities in all the states in that region - North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Lots of wide open spaces.

I think you'll enjoy most of CO. My favorite is either Telluride or Steamboat Springs. Pretty resorty, though.
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Old 07-14-2007, 01:48 AM
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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Thanks for the suggestions so far everyone.

The one thing I liked about North Dkaota was the beautiful surroundings and the lack of humidity.. i guess that's what attracts me to the area and palces further west.......... new England and the South don't have characteristics like that!

You can PM me any time.

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Old 07-14-2007, 02:04 PM
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Unless you are in a major market (Denver, etc.), you will starve to death in the radio industry in Colorado. I have known several people, from radio announcers to station owners, who worked in the radio industry in Colorado. They are ALL now doing something else. AM radio is in freefall in the rural parts of the state. FM is getting its *** kicked by satellite.

So, if you have your heart set on living in Colorado, you'd better think about a career change. Sorry to be blunt about this, but Colorado's cost of living is gotten way too high for most people working in a less than remunerative industry like radio to afford to live there.
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Old 07-14-2007, 07:45 PM
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Have you considered Rapid City?
It is a mid-size town, very dry, backed up against the Black Hills so there is plenty to do, and just driving today I saw a billboard that said Deejays were needed....

Consider it!
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Old 07-14-2007, 07:49 PM
Location: Ridgway/Saint Marys, PS
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I've applied in Rapid City before, and I bet the station you saw billboards for was B102 KFMH, licensed to Belle Fourche with 100KW and studios in Rapid City
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Old 07-15-2007, 10:23 AM
Location: Oak Park, IL
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You and me both. I vacation there all the time in the summer and fall. I love getting away from the city, pitching my tent, and enjoying the relative peace and quiet of the mountains. Sometimes those cascades and falls can be deafening.

I'm still at war with the city of Chicago and Cook County and was supposed to have an arbitration hearing this month, but according to my lawyer it's been held over for August. August will become September, and September, October. October becomes January because of the holidays.

Anyways, I have been looking at real estate in Colorado and have found places to live like a 2/1 mobile in Glenwood Springs for less than 20K with lot rent of 285 a month. A 5 acre campsite near Steamboat $7500.

I would love to be able to live there year round, but I will most likely become a migratory animal. Living in Colorado for the summer and fall, and farther south, say Arizona/Florida for the Winter and Spring.

I'm a pizza delivery guy, and I should have no problem finding a pizza joint to work. My recent discovery was @craigslist. They even have job listings.

My only issue with Colorado, is that the state dictates the type of car you drive. If you live out of town, you have to pack out your own trash, and you can do that with a Mazda Miata MX5. That requires more towing ability, like a Wrangler. I can just see it now. Me trying to get up to Kite Lake in a Miata.

Have a great day!

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Old 07-16-2007, 09:27 PM
Location: South of Denver
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I've worked in radio all my life it has been very good to me, even in Denver. True, the business is consolidating and even most of the major stations in Wyoming are programmed out of Denver. But there are lots of good jobs in the area, but maybe not such great pay...but you're used to that. There are always hot spots.

The Salida radio station (now stations) was a little gold mine. In Avon there is a network of stations that broadcast throughout the mountains. Groups of stations are the survivors. But there are a bunch of small stations in the plains (KS, & NE) that are the lifeblood of the community because the farmers & ranchers depend on continuously updated information.

Get a copy of R&R or look at AllAccess.com v2.0 and come on over. Fort Collins and Greeley often have openings, and unless you have lots of experience, don't expect to get far in Denver. CO Springs & Pueblo are active, but they are reducing staff to a couple full-time people who program the computer for a whole day's broadcast, but there's no reason why you can't be that person.
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