Steve Wiley: ‘I Have One Of America’s Worst Jobs!’
I've wanted to be a radio DJ since I was a kid. My brothers & I used to "camp out" on the porch in the summer. Being near the great lakes, we could catch stations from New York, Boston & Chicago. We listened to the radio legends of the day, "Cousin" Bruce Morrow, Don Lundy, Dan Ingram, and "Wolfman" Jack, among others. I thought they were SO cool, decided it would be fun to do that. When I was a high school senior, I did weekly updates on a local station about the goings on at my school. Four years later, I took a "paying" job at the same station. I was a 21 year old know it all. My glamorous duties included vacuuming, mopping, and scrubbing the toilet after getting off the air. The general manager & I butted heads. I didn't last long. It would be 4 years 'til I worked in radio again. I've worked in restaurants, been a car salesman, lifeguard, clothing salesman, sold furniture, and worked in a paper mill.THAT was a NASTY job! Working in radio is the only job I've enjoyed. A survey, published by 24/7 Wall St. says, I have the 8th worst job in America! Ironic, huh?!