Much like any industry, radio has it's own lingo... And it's totally giggle-worthy.

To someone on the outside, many jobs sound like their employees are speaking another language. Radio is no different. We "talk funny" if you will, but it's this language that allows us to communicate clearly to one another in the building.

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    Drop a Log

    I'll wait for your giggles to stop... This actually has nothing to do with going to the bathroom. In fact, it means that you are loading in your schedule for the day. Every station runs on a schedule, or a log, and putting it into the computer is an act of dropping.

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    It's Too Hot

    Nope, we're not complaining about the Louisiana heat in the summer. This means that the audio is unusable because the levels are too loud. The sound is similar to that of you screaming into your cell phone and it crackling, or clipping, on the other end.

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    Load the Cart

    If your stomach just started growling, you're way off. We don't work in a grocery or department store and don't use carts or, as some say, buggies. Back in the old days with radio, all audio was recorded onto a physical cart. Think about it as a big cassette tape, or that thing before the CD. These were labeled and numbered. The digital versions are still labeled and numbered and are still called carts.

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    Pot It Up

    This is not a unifying battle cry for all of the hippies in California. No, no. A pot, short for potentiometer, is basically a volume control nob or a fader. These are the sliding nobs that control our volume in the studio on the board.

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    Insert it in the Donut

    As delectable as a fresh, hot donut from Southern Maid Donuts is, this is not what we're talking about. There's actually no food allowed in the studio... for obvious, sticky reasons. A donut is a tern used for a commercial, or spot, in which copy, or the script, is inserted in between two other pieces of audio. Just like a tasty donut.

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    Put Your Cans On

    Believe it or not, this is not a Mardi Gras ritual. Cans is another word for your headphones. You put your cans on before going on the air.

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    Just Need a Quickie Here

    No trips behind the quad needed here. This is a simple term used to describe a short element. Whether it's a piece of production that is 10 seconds or less, or if you just need to convey how quickly something needs to be done on the air. If it's a quickie, don't waste anyone's time.

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    Don't Miss a Break

    Unfortunately, this isn't about taking a break from your work. We are not all running around the building making sure people take some time off every three hours. A break is a point in which you talk on the air. If you miss it, then you just missed a chance to talk to the wonderful people of Shreveport-Bossier. It's a big no-no.

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    Give Good Phones/Phoners

    Judging by the root word "phone", you probably guessed that this has something to do with the phone. You'd be right... Unless your mind when somewhere completely different. Phoner is typically used to describe an interview that will be conducted over the phone and to give good phones means you are engaging with listeners on the phone.

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    Is it a Hard Time

    Our jobs can be challenging at times, but they are never described as a hard time. We have the best jobs in the world! To hard time something is to make sure that it will play at a specific time during the day, no exceptions.

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