I hopped on Facebook this morning and the first thing I see was this picture. It was 5 years ago since I posted it. As I look at this picture, I’m reminded of a story that I really never shared before. So, no time like the present.
IMC TV was a local 24 hour music channel in Indianapolis, Indiana. It played videos round the clock and featured radio personalities from all of the stations I worked for. I wanted to be on that station. Especially when some personalities let me know that they didn’t really want to do their shows. I figured that was the perfect lob to get me in. That wasn’t the case.
Time would move forward and more features would get added to the station. The only thing that was for sure is, I wouldn’t be apart of the features. Why? Well I have my own personal thoughts, but let’s just leave it at, the Program Director didn’t think I would be a good fit for the station. It was also because I didn’t have a radio show. I wasn’t on air for any of the radio formats and the thought was “nobody knows me”. To me that’s still a lame excuse but it’s what I had to take at the time.
After weeks and maybe even months of round and round about being on IMC TV, I was finally given a shot. It was through a feature called “Man On The Street.” I had to hit the block with a cameraman and ask random people questions. I got very little camera time, but I absolutely loved doing the feature! Especially as I got more comfortable. It really wasn’t about getting the face time. It was about doing the work and being apart of the station.
As I get in my groove with that, the PD would unveil a website segment called “The Web Attack”. However, it originally wasn’t given to me. It was given to the morning show producer and a part time talent on the Top 40 station. Can’t lie, I was salty. I’m the Online Editor. I put the content on the sites. Why would a “web guy” not be called to do a “web attack”? Grant it, for a while I was only seen as “The Web Guy”, which I always felt was a “dig” or a shot at my skill-set and personality, but this feature is obviously made for someone like me.
To shorten the story, I won the war of attrition. Changes were made, personalities were let go and I was still around to do whatever I could. This is the part where I thank Lisa, Woody, Jennifer and Steve of IMC TV. Because they were the people at IMC that always tossed my name in the hat. The were the people who said “Well, Cam actually wants to do all this” and kept me in conversations. It also probably helped that I was easy to work with and didn’t mind listening to them. Well I hope they feel that way, lol! I approached it all as a novice. That’s what you do when you fall into an opportunity. I couldn’t go in their stunting and fronting like I was hot ish. I wasn’t the top choice. I wasn’t a choice. The PD didn’t want me on the station.
In the end, I ended up being all over that station. I did “Man on the Street”, two web attack segments and I did so many fill-in shows there where some days you would see me every hour! I was super happy and proud of myself. It’s truly a top 3 highlight of my media career.
The time with IMC gave me a chance to see the city of Indianapolis and interact with the people. I got a chance to be apart of Super Bowl week and go to NFL Honors. I also got a discount at Boogie Burger! The cashier was so mad I was given one though. Then asked me if I was famous. Hater. The most shocking moment was when I was in Marsh and some kid stopped me and asked, Hey, aren’t you the guy on IMC? I still don’t believe that happened.
IMC TV would “close” in 2013 and I would be in search of my next on screen media opportunity. I’ll never forget that time and what it meant to me. I never mailed it in. Not one segment. I was happy to do the work. Happy to belong to something. Sure, I wasn’t accepted from the door, but I feel if nothing else, I earned some respect. And that will always be good enough for me. Love.