Folks, it’s time for me to come clean about something I’ve been keeping from you all this time. Technology finally got the best of me last Thursday, March 16. That morning I was sitting at my desk replying to an email about radio station programming when the phone rang. It was a IT guy with a company that is working to improve how radio stations receive programming. Specifically, this gentleman was going to help me understand how it would be easier for us to get “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” on the air each week.
He had tried to communicate this to me via email, but it went way over my head. You see, previously, I’d been downloading the show from a website, saving it into our operating system, and then making a few edits before it airs on Vintage Sound Sunday nights from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (shameless plug). The new technology that this IT guy was attempting to explain to me would automatically send the show from the server directly into our computer. MIND BLOWN.
That phone call lasted 30 minutes, but will end up saving me time each week, which is a win! Here’s the point: I started out the phone call frustrated because I had attempted multiple times to get the program to work by myself. The IT guy took it upon himself to reach out and show me just how the improved technology could work in my favor. Lesson learned: accept help when it is offered rather than attempt to know it all. I’m 33 years old, but clearly I still have not learned all there is to learn in this world, and I’m working each day to be more open to that notion.
The other part of that is being patient when those around me struggle with the nonstop technological advances. None of us like feeling helpless when it comes to things that are supposed to make our lives easier. I hope that when technology challenges get you down, you know that you’re not alone. Now, if I could just teach my smartphone to fold the laundry . . .