[JPL] Announcing and Clocks

Bobby Jackson ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Sep 19 02:58:41 EDT 2008

The worst case of an announcer giving out the time that I've heard on  
the air.......
"It's 15 minutes on the back side of 2 o'clock" or "we've got 22  
minutes in front of 2 o'clock"
(which means ABSOLUTELY nothing to me.)

The funniest case of an announcer giving out the time that I've heard  
on the air ......
"It's 12:30 in the afternoon in Atlanta; 12:25 in Palmetto."
(a suburb of Atlanta)



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> 9/18/08 8:45 PM, TomtheJazzman wrote:
>> I hear some say "the correct time is 9:20"  Just say it's 9:20 if  
>> you give time.  I know some stations NEVER give the time since that  
>> helps the listeners be reminded they have to go or be somewhere and  
>> tune out the station to get on their way.  Interested in hearing  
>> what others do about announcing the time or not announcing it.
>> Tom
> I was taught a bazillion years ago in a workshop that it's vital to  
> give the time until 9 a.m. because people are running around and  
> don't have time to look at the clock.  After that, they are  
> surrounded by clocks and, as Tom said, they are reminded to tune you  
> out.  Here in my office, I have two clocks and two computers with  
> clocks and a wrist watch.  My kitchen has four clocks -- the radio,  
> the coffee maker, the microwave and the stove.
> So I have always tried to avoid time checks ... except perhaps if  
> there's something special coming up shortly.
> Right now, though, it's academic as there are no available time  
> slots when I have time to do a radio show ... unless I want the  
> midnight to 3 am shift.
> -- Ed
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