4/4/2013 1:16 PM
A longtime reader and friend of
Radio World shares this comment as our industry gears up for its annual gear-up:
Paul, you may or
may not be aware that many of the corporate radio owners forbid the market
engineers and other market-level employees from attending NAB.
the company I work for will not allow time off to attend NAB even on our own
dime. Only the corporate big-shots are allowed to attend NAB. If you are spotted
at NAB by one of the bosses, you could be terminated.
ridiculous! It was just seven years ago that the company actually paid
for me to attend NAB to learn about new technologies, attend seminars and learn
something. Yet now, if I attend, even on my own dime, it could mean
the show, will you please ask the NAB to use some of their immense lobbying
power to lobby the corporate group owners and managers to encourage the market
employees to attend NAB again? I would think it would be in the best interest
of the NAB to get the show attendance up again. Here’s a good way to do it.
Wow. Thanks for the note. I know of such practices in the past, though have not encountered it more recently, nor can I substantiate that this is widespread.
But look. I can understand (with regret) that some companies cannot pay the way for staff to go to the show. But to forbid attendance on someone’s personal time and dime? Is that even legal? I’d welcome hearing from anyone who can explain a good reason for such a policy.
3 comment(s) so far...
By C. Michael Hurst on
4/7/2013 12:13 AM
Re: Are You Kidding Me?
This is exactly one reason not to work for the big corporate operators. When you become their employee, they assume that you are one of the steers on their ranch and they can run every aspect of your life, 24/7/365, as a result. This is exactly and precisely the reason I resigned from a big corporate operator less than six months into their ownership of the three stations that I had been employed at for 11 years. I was told that I could no longer carry a handgun with me to a very remote transmitter site for personal protection against wild animals even though I had been issued a concealed carry permit from the state and my previous employer had no problem with my carrying a handgun. When I requested the company supply an armed security officer to escort me, I was laughed at. The transmitter site in question was thirty-two miles from the city of license and eight miles off of the paved road behind three locked gates in the George Washington National Forest. Needless to say, response from law enforcement and first responders would have been lengthy and would very possibly not been in time to save life. I could go on and on as to their nonsensical policies and rules but why bother as this company's management is loaded with arrogant, overbearing, obnoxious know-it-all jerks.
With a policy forbidding market level employees to attend the NAB convention it sounds to me as though management is somewhat insecure and wants to insure that market level employees are not as well educated and informed as management. If an employee goes to the NAB Convention on his vacation time, paying his own expenses and is threatened with termination it seems to me as though he/she needs to employ the services of an attorney well-versed in labor law.
By Kelly Orchard on
5/3/2013 6:07 PM
Re: Are You Kidding Me?
WOW! I hear stories similar to this all the time in my travel to stations - As a consultant for FCC Compliance, I wonder how many group owners understand that they are vulnerable to the "disgruntled employee" factor?
Sounds to me like it's going to be rampant. Better batten down the hatches and make sure all the dots and crosses are taken care of.
One the Mental Health note - these big groups just aren't getting it. Treating their staff this way only breeds disloyalty, job dissatisfaction, and lack of productivity. When employees feel threatened, they don't engage in their work.And the negative attitudes spread like wild fire. And the internal atmosphere projects itself onto the external: i.e - the audience and the advertisers.
The way a group treats their employees is a direct reflection on how they feel about their audience and advertisers. No wonder the big groups are in trouble.
Radio needs an intervention.
By brad johnson on
6/19/2013 11:01 AM
Re: N.A.B. Are You Kidding Me?
After working 20 years in the Radio , the first N.A.B. I went to was in San Francisco in 2000 ,
I went to see the PROTEST of the the N.A.B.
perhaps that is what the corporate owners didn't want you to know about.