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    Posted October 6, 2012 by
    Denver, Colorado
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    The new American job: Part time?

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    Part-Time Job: Start A Radio Station


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     khighsteve says after being laid-off several times he decided to create his own radio station called KHigh Radio. He also works several other part-time jobs on the side to make up for the loss of his once higher paying full-time radio job. 'I was disappointed at losing the "big money," but also excited about the new prospects of starting my own station, and not having to answer to anyone but myself,' he said. His ideal situation is to start working once again at a full-time job, but in the meantime he is happy with the diversity his three part time jobs offer even though he did not envision himself working part-time jobs at this point in his life. 'I thought I'd be full-time in radio due to my large skill set, however, I learned that economics rules,' he said.

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    I'm a veteran radio broadcaster of 30 years. After two layoffs in two years, I started my own internet radio station in Denver called K-High at www.khigh.net. K-High plays Smooth Jazz, a format not currently heard in Denver, Colorado, except on my station. I also work part-time for Dial-Global Radio Networks, and Radio Forecast Network, doing music entertainment shows and weather forecasts coast-to-coast. So in essence, I'm working three part-time jobs to replace one high-paying full-time job. Starting K-High required some investment of money I'd saved while employed full-time in radio. In the current economy, it seems best to diversify with part-time work, so if one job goes away, I'm not totally crippled. Plus, owning a business, I have some control over my destiny. I've decided to use the skills I've developed, and deploy them over several part-time platforms to survive, at least in the short-term.

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