Sunday, July 14, 2013


For the past weeks, I have been working to develop an aptitude test to gauge if a person is cut out to be a radio personality. My decision to create this test comes from my experience in the radio industry in Southwest Missouri.

I have went for job interviews where I was given an aptitude or personality test. The problem is these test are designed to be given to people in sales or to be given to a high school kid to determine what kind of a career he/she is best suited.

I also have worked with people who really should not have been working at a radio station. Why would you choose to work at a radio station if you hated the media and entertainment industry? These people are not positive people and basically "poison the waterhole." There negative attitude spills out on the sir as well as behind the scenes.

I have been considering starting a consulting service, so figured I could use this aptitude test in that venture. This test would weed out undesirable employees. Here is a link to the test.

The first eight questions are control questions to determine the prospective employees interest in working in the rock/pop format. These questions are ten points each. Some of these questions have more than one possible answer because they are opinion oriented. There are a few questions (1, 3, 6, 7, & 8) which have "half points" choices. The choices include answers which could be considered logical and sensible, yet not an answer that would red flag a person.

For instance, on question 1 ("Which of these do you consider to be the greatest radio personality of the 20th Century?"), the ten point answers are 1, 5, 6, 7 & 8. If a person was to choose answer 2 (Howard Stern) they would at least get five points. If they choose answers 3 & 4 (Paul Harvey and Rush Limbaugh), they will get NO POINTS.

Question 2 ("Which of these phrases should be repeated the most on a radio station?") the ten point answers are 1, 6 & 7. The other choices (2, 3, 4 & 5) are zero points. They are not rock/pop radio phrases, but stock and often repeated talk radio phrases.

On question 3, the correct answer is 4 because pandering to a racist is WRONG. However, if a person chooses answer 3, they will get five points, because it might be a more logical, realistic and civically responsible.

Question 4 has only three choices but two ten point answers (2 & 3). The person who answers 1 receives zero points and probably should not be hired at all.

The answer to question 5 is 4. The other choices are zero points.

On question six, the person taking the test can receive five points for the answer 2. The ten point answer is 4, which is a line from the song "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)." No points for choosing answers 1 or 3.

Question 7, the ten point answers are 4 & 5. Five points can be given for 1 & 3, because there are many people who carry at dictionary or Bible with them at all times. Number 2 gets zero points. If a person says they carry a copy of the Constitution with them they are probably lying.

Number eight is just for fun. Ten points for answer 1, five for answer 3. Zero points for 2 & 4.

Questions 9 through 19 are about Billboard chart stats. Questions 20 through 36 are questions to gauge a person's humor. They are quotes from famous comedians that the test taker will have to finish the quote or pick the right punchline from the choices. This is to see if the test taker can "think funny." On question 37 through 51, a song title and artist name is given. The test taker has to pick the title of the album by that artist that contained that song. These questions are all one point each, however, if the test taker picks answer 6 (Who cares!) they will be given -2. This choice is placed on these questions to gauge the overall attitude of a prospective employee. There is a total of 124 points, but if a test taker answers 6 on all of the questions from 9 through 52, as well as, getting zeroes on 1 through eight, the test taker will receive a total score of -168.

This may not be scientific, but I feel this would be a good way to determine if a person deserves a job in radio. Of course, this is why I'm considered the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  


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