I’ve come a long way, baby!

April 6, 2017 01:30

By Treena Wood, RTDNA Contributor
February 2017 marked my 21st anniversary at my radio station. Spending 21 years anywhere, much less in a newsroom, is pretty impressive, and I thought it would be fun to take a little trip down memory lane.

It was 1996, and WX Country 1130 in Vancouver BC was about to flip formats to Canada’s second all-news radio station. I was a year out of J-school, working part-time as a reporter at an FM station (remember when FM stations had newsrooms?) and was brought on board as an evening/overnight anchor, pulling the 7pm-3am shift. I walked into the “newly renovated” newsroom to a bank of these babies:

At the time it felt like NASA! Our subscription audio service, Broadcast News (now Canadian Press) would feed the newsroom audio clips and the newsroom had a person dedicated to pulling the audio and recording it onto carts.
Many a radio news anchor – madly dashing into the studio – likely remembers that feeling of panic as their pile of carts, stacked in playback order, flies out of their hands and scatters across the floor. I still have nightmares about it today.
I graduated to dayside reporter and carried this lovely little brick of a phone, before pagers became a thing. My friends knew to page me 9-1-1 when our weekend plans were set.

A lot of things have changed in the last 21 years. The technology has gotten smaller, the internet and social media have gotten bigger, and the job has layers to it that I couldn’t have imagined even a decade ago. Facebook anyone?

But the important things haven’t changed – passionate people dedicated to telling great stories and getting at the truth, no matter who may be in their way. I’m the News Director now, but I’m still as excited about this job and this industry as I was way back in 1996, and I can’t wait to see what the next 21 years bring.

Treena Wood is News Director at CKWX-AM in Vancouver, BC.