The Creepiest Street Team in Radio
A lot of radio stations have a “street team” that spends the summer making various promotional appearances. Here at Townsquare Media, we don’t have a “street team”, we have a “creep team”.
Our promotional department consists of three bald, portly, unshaven middle age men. First there’s Harv, who also hosts the night shift here on the Hawk. Then, we have our Program Director Andy, who’s disposition is usually just as sunny as his appearance. And there’s yours truly, a guy with more hair on his back than his head.
Collectively, we are the creepiest street team in the history of radio. Which isn’t a big deal when we’re hosting events for the Hawk or our sister station, Cat Country 102.9. However, we have a pop station called Pop Crush 97.1 that targets women between the ages of 18 and 24.
I can only imagine how unnerving it must be for those young ladies when they see us at events handing out free tubes of chapstick and computer flash drives. We might as well be driving by elementary schools offering free candy. And just to take our creep factor over the top, our station vehicle is a windowless white van. I’ve literally seen a few young women approach our Pop Crush table, only to see us, immediately turn around and walk away in disgust.
I can’t say that I blame them. All three of us look like we were recently paroled. Ideally, we’d hire a young person or two to help better represent our stations on the street, but our bosses are way too cheap. In the meantime, if you see the world’s creepiest street team lurking around local bars and restaurants, do not be alarmed. In spite of our appearance, I can assure you that we are completely harmless. Except for Andy. That dude’s got problems.