Message From Maitlynn: Help Me Help You
Hey friends, I would like to get very real with all of you for a second.
We are trying, we really are, but nobody is perfect.
Yes, this is another COVID-related post but hear me out.
When this virus first started, there was a sense of community like I had never seen before in my 23 years on this planet. Everyone had the common goal of "let's keep our fellow humans safe and healthy" (mostly) everyone was ready to do what needed to be done.
However, like with everything nowadays, politics got in the way and now it's all become a party issue.
The real virus is the issue of humanity and the fact that we are so quick to lose it and turn on each other.
I get it, we are all stressed out, we are all confused, and we all are getting so much information thrown at us from both sides we are not sure what to believe.
However, there are right ways and there are wrong ways to handle it.
What ever happened to being kind to one another? What ever happened to being open to hear another person speak before labeling them either a "far-right" or a "far-left" idiot?
It's happening on both sides and it is exhausting.
To pull back the curtain on how things operate at this station, myself and Joey are administrators on the Facebook page as well as our digital editor and our boss.
Every mean, snarky or just downright unnecessary comment goes through to us as a notification and while sometimes it is so great to be so available to our listeners, seeing how mean people can get in the comments of a page we try to keep so positive is very disheartening.
This is not to say we are mad at anyone or asking you all to keep your opinions to yourselves, not at all. We, as a station, are in the business of communications and therefore, communication means a lot to us.
However, meaningful and constructive conversation is the way to get things done and to make your points more valid, not calling each other "idiots" or other names we have to delete.
I am not coming on here to say "wow you all sure are mean" I'm trying to come more from a place as a "little sister" figure just trying to say "hey can't we all just get along?"
It's like when you know your family is known for fighting and having tons of drama on Thanksgiving, then you dread going every year. I sometimes dread the comment section on our page after I know what the most recent post was.
Like I said, we respect your opinions and we know that we will not always agree when it comes to our opinion posts. You may not even agree with me now and that's totally okay.
My point in all of this is I just want our posts and our affiliated pages to be a positive place where we can have meaningful conversations and learn from one another.
I have learned so much about people, about music and about myself in the short time I have been here and it's all because I have an open mind and acknowledge that I don't know everything and need to have an open heart and open ears.
Being the optimist I am, I try to see the good in everything and I think what we have here is a very good thing. So many people with the common love for classic rock and so many people who are passionate and want to have conversations about it.
So, all in all, please just help me help you make this world a less negative place. We get that enough and I like to view radio and what you choose to listen to as an escape from all of that. With the morning show, Joey and I strive to be our happy, goofy selves so you can live vicariously through that and know that there are people like you out there.
The world is a lonely place and if we could all just be there for each other to help build each other up and to learn, I think that would mean a lot.
I have decided, with permission from our boss on the digital side of things, to respond more to your comments and try to generate conversation between us. Make things more personal and meaningful in the hopes we can all take something positive away from it.
So you can completely disregard everything I just said, you can email the station and complain, you can do whatever you feel you need to do but I make no apologies for just trying to make things as positive and light as they can be.
I know this world is full of darkness and conspiracy an whatever else turns us against each other and we can absolutely talk about it but it's like what people have been saying for as long as I can remember, "It's not WHAT you say, it's HOW you say it."
If you have made it this far, I thank you and hope we can all come together to make this a beautiful friendship.