My local radio station is holding a competition to replace one of the two co-hosts in the morning talk show, and I’m trying for it. The hosts are both familiar with me, and my moving forward in the competition will have more to do with how they think of me than what I’m writing here in all likelihood, but the first round of the competition is a 200 word (maximum) essay explaining why I want the position and my unique qualities.
This is my second complete draft. I’m very interested in specific feedback about this. Writing in such a tight limit is a real challenge, and I want to make sure that what I’ve written is sufficient and sufficiently clear about who I am and what I have to say. You folk here have a pretty good idea of what I have to say in longer bursts, so you can tell me if what I’ve written here is doing the job well:
I have loved radio for many years. Twenty years ago, I had a show on KUGS so I could reach people. I began regularly listening to KGMI shortly after that so I could participate in the discussion of issues through the talk-shows, beginning with Impact. When I began appearing on Impact as a guest, I learned that I could face the KGMI listening audience and engage them in discussion. I also did several KGMI Guest Editorials. I would now like to take the next step of facing that audience as Brett’s partner.
I am an open-minded, moderate conservative Republican Mormon child-care worker, college student, sporadic blogger, Linux user and parent. I’ve been a candidate, campaign worker and poll worker. My somewhat unusual positions challenge the overly-simplistic positions we usually hear, particularly with the perennial issues like abortion, capital punishment, welfare, taxes, and, now, Islam, terrorism, war and the President. I enjoy respectful disagreement because I learn more from those with different perspectives, and a bit of edge just makes it more fun. I have in-depth knowledge of the space program, domestic abuse, foster care, communication and local politics.
We could have a lot of fun.
I’d like to work some humor in, but I’m not sure what not to say to make room for it. I have to submit this in just a few days.