Ode to Techies

Author Laura Munson posted this ode to “Techies” on her These Here Hills blog, sending out lit love to we fader-jockeys & freq-benders who eng the on-air audio industry:

Those behind-the-scenes souls who fly low under the radar and like it that way. Designing sets, lighting stages, filming show offs, minding their soundboards. I loved them in high school, and in college, and now I’m loving them all over again in radio stations as I travel around doing interviews.

Techies are a special breed. I think it has something to do with so long ago giving up on the thought of being “cool.” And because of that, to me they define “cool.” They possess a particular brand of freedom. Often, they have what they call “radio faces.” And they say it smiling, because they know that traditional good looks can be as much a “curse” as a “blessing.” These are people who wear Coke-bottle glasses rather than bothering with contacts, and have un-fussed-over hair, big noses, skyline teeth. These are people with huge smiles and vast minds. Who have maybe spent less time looking in the mirror trying to change what they see, and more time with books, or listening to current events, or sitting on old couches in Green Rooms discussing the state of Humankind…
—Laura Munson, “Techies,” THESE HERE HILLS

We luv ya back, Laura.

via fellow techie/DJ Beth Anne of MT Pubradio.

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