One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

by - October 26, 2010

Remember when I walked through that door? Well, I'm about to walk back through it... in the other direction.

Yep, you read that correctly. I'm backtracking and will soon find myself working on the morning show for the third time. You see, the girl that I trained as my replacement quit yesterday leaving us down two producers.

We've been operating with one less producer than we actually need for the past month. We have one who produces the five Monday through Wednesday and the weekend shows, and one of our reporters pulls double duty as a producer on Thursdays and Fridays.

So now everything is being all fruit basket turned over to make ends meet... and once again I'm the one getting screwed. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed working on the morning show, and I still think it has a lot of potential once the higher ups overcome their evening shows close-mindedness and start supporting it as well. But I was just getting into the swing of the 6:00 and 10:00 and this feels like a setback.

I feel like I'm being a baby. Heck, I know I'm being a baby. I mean, one producer up and quits, leaving us very short-handed. The way things are being shifted around is the best that could be done. I know that. But I think I deserve my moment of self-pity, even though it's been all day.

There are a few consolations.
1. I don't have to deal with the stress of election night.
2. I get to see the concert I wanted to see at the Peanut Festival that I wouldn't have originally.
3. I got to produce an evening show during AP awards week.

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  1. I know you must have a bad case of been there, done that, Ashton. Nevertheless, you are doing a great job of "reframing" your circumstances. There's always a silver lining. Do you know why your replacement quit? Just couldn't hack it or got a better offer? I hope for your sake that they soon fill that position again so that you can get back to your prime time gig. You earned it.

  2. SSDD, Ashy. It'll all work out in the end. Maybe they'll get someone new soon and you can go BACK to where you are now and not have to deal with the morning shift anymore. But, that's life for you.

  3. The station is in a scheduling nightmare right now. The way they managed to work everything out is truly the only way that made sense. It just sucks because there's really no telling how long it will take them to hire someone.

    When they told me I was being promoted to the 6 and 10, it took them around three months to hire someone. And they've been interviewing for one of the open producer positions for more than a month now.

    It's hard not to get frustrated, especially since I was just starting to get a life established. Now I'm going back to not seeing anybody and an unnatural sleep schedule.

    At least I can take comfort in the fact that most everyone I work with pitched a fit when they learned I was being moved backwards.