Two years ago today my life changed forever.

One this day two years ago I lost my morning show gig. One of those pull you out in the middle of the show and flip the station while they are telling you that your services are no longer needed. At the time I was crushed. I had built up a name for myself in the country format in my hometown of Kansas City. A ten year career in broadcasting over.

However on my way home that fateful day I remember feeling very free and happy and excited that my world was open to a new adventure. I wasn't sure if I could do it but I had always wanted to try being a voice artist from my home studio which was already built.

It took me six months until I got my first big break. A fellow voice artist offered me a job voicing home listings on a daily basis. It wasn't mega money. But kept me afloat and the dream alive.

I began getting more and more clients. Slowly but they were coming on board. Today with the economy being what it is, it's still a struggle wondering everday if I'm going to make enough money to cover the mortgage this month. But at least I'm in charge of my own career. That has truly been a blessing over the last two years. Yes today is an anniversary for me that is now a good memory.

Oh and incase you are wondering. My old station... ratings and sales are in the toilet. Oh the irony! ;)

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Comment by Karen Carson on January 14, 2009 at 1:59pm
Hey Scott, How do you like the new guy? Cook? Is he about 110% better than Cruise?
Comment by Scott Larson on January 14, 2009 at 1:53pm
Irony, you gotta love it, I'm so glad that you've continued to thrive in this market and I hope that we can continue to be friends and share leads. All the best.
Comment by Karen Carson on January 13, 2009 at 7:53pm
You got that right Earl...I mean Joe!
Comment by Joe McMillan on January 13, 2009 at 6:10pm
Karen
Congradulations!!
I was FIRED from my morning show after 2 Years by Old Friends of 30 Years
They Hired their BETTER BEST FRIEND!
NO Compassion/ Nothing!.....That was 16 Months ago
I still have my Home I bought BUT like you I worry Every month!
BUT I'm STILL HERE!!!!
Can't wait LIKE you for that"KARMA" thing to kick in!!!
It ALWAYS does!
Voice-Over is BETTER than the RADIO BIZ anyday
Comment by Todd Kryzanski on January 13, 2009 at 3:38pm
Congratulations on living the dream!!!!
Comment by Orion Marra on January 13, 2009 at 1:12pm
Again, things happen for a reason :)
Comment by Karen Carson on January 13, 2009 at 12:39pm
How about this, I just found out that TODAY my old boss that fired me. Got fired himself today. Oh the sweet irony!

KC
Comment by Orion Marra on January 13, 2009 at 9:45am
Karen,

Congrats!! It does seem to be true of the old saying "All things happen for a reason" I am glad yours worked out well. Hoping 2009 will bring you more success!

Orion
Comment by Chadd Pierce on January 12, 2009 at 11:24pm
Here-here! Getting outta the radio biz is an amazing freedom that you can't explain to the people who are in it. They can't fathom the thought until.. like you and me, they HAVE to.

Happy Anniversary!
Comment by Mike Pongracz on January 12, 2009 at 9:08pm
Good for you Karen! Being a radio guy myself I know exactly where you're coming from. I've been on both ends of the format flip conversation, and especially nowadays, the stability of a radio gig is as weak as it's ever been. I've made a conscious decision over the last few months to pull back from the course I was on in my regular radio job, and to make an effort to have a voiceover career. Sure I still have my radio job, but it's simply there to provide a steady (but small) paycheque and a benefits package. If I can get out completely a year from now and do voiceover full time, that's the dream gig!

Good for you and Happy Anniversary!!
Mike

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