by Ian Shelly
Jason Samuel gets about as many emails in one day as the average person gets in six months.
Samuel is the station manager for the campus radio station 91.1 The Globe and that means just about everyone wants a piece of him for something. I have a radio shift every Thursday for two hours in the afternoon and every week without fail I get a call from someone asking, “Is Jason around?” Every week I have to tell them that Jason isn’t around and that although I will leave Samuel a message, he is very busy.
Usually, Samuel doesn’t have time to respond to all of the e-mails that he gets in a day. His first goal in dealing with all his mail is to be careful not to dismiss any of the e-mails with real concerns. He also must go through and make sure not to delete any e-mails from students who have questions or concerns about one of his classes. Lastly, Samuel tries to address the many e-mails from radio staff members who email about programming or requesting specific songs.
E-mail isn’t the only form of mail that Samuel gets daily. His faculty mailbox is always full to the brim of small packages. Much of his mail is from fledgling Americana bands that send in their records hoping to get airplay on The Globe. Samuel said that a band once sent him a CD that looked like your average mixed CD, it was a clear CD that you buy in bulk from Best Buy and had the artist’s name and album title written on it in sharpie marker. Samuels put this CD straight into the trash and hopes that careless mixed CDs aren’t the way that the music industry is going. But although it takes time to sift through physical mail, it is part of his job that brings him to the essence of running a radio station, finding good music and presenting it to the listeners.
Although some people don’t have the patience to go through hundreds of e-mails each day, and when you combine that with voicemail, texts, and regular mail it would be easy for a person to get overwhelmed, but not Samuel, a man who is always full of energy. He is dedicated to his job and welcomes the responsibility it takes to run a successful ratio station.