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Atlanta or Los Angeles: Which One Wins?

/>Four years ago, I was living in LA and   I was watching one my magazines decline as the music industry was taking hit after hit with the downloading craze. I wanted out. I had been in LA for 14 years and   I was completely burnt on the plastic people the wannabes and   the hanger-ons. I needed to get relief and   be around real people for a change.</p><div
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I had visited Atlanta to take a few breaks and I had lived here once before in the mid 80s. I immediately fell in love with the down home southern feel, people actually SPEAKING to you and just the whole laid-back environment. I sold my house, packed my things up and moved to Atlanta.

Today, I am cleaning out my bedroom closet and looking at all the clothes that I still have from LA. My goal was to give a bunch of clothes to the Goodwill. I asked myself why I was still holding on to these things, why my license plate and car are still registered in Cali and why, all of the sudden, am I getting invited to many events in LA outside of Radio? I mean Atlanta is the new industry spot, isnâ„¢tâ„¢ it?

I heard it said many times that once radio is in your blood you become addicted to it. I donâ„¢t know who came up with that but after working at the Beat in the early 90â„¢s in LA, I was pretty much done with it. I have never felt that way about radio and I think thatâ„¢s a bit limited. I DO however feel that way about the entertainment industry. I AM truly addicted to the industry and I do love it and I am not getting it here in Atlanta and Iâ„¢m not getting any younger. Itâ„¢s not enough for me to go to an event featuring a black artist or a local urban radio station when Iâ„¢m also into independent films, magazines, blogs, acting, writing, plays and so much more. To make a long story short, I should have moved back to LA two years ago. However, in my, at times, foolishly optimistic, thinking about the situation sans cand or, I have often surmised: Å“Atlanta will come around, something will happen.  It still hasnâ„¢t and Iâ„¢m bored here. Iâ„¢ve already done what Iâ„¢m doing. I talk to a lot of industry vets who are going to be moving here and I was thinking, well, maybe they see something I donâ„¢t see but the truth is, I have a lot of varied interests and while Atlanta is growing, itâ„¢s just not there yet.

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  1. That’s great! As a LA brat myself, I moved to Atlanta a couple of years ago and still havn’t found it to feel like home yet. But I am not sure yet when I will be moving back but Best of luck to you. Also I was a Radio Account Executive in LA when I was there.. LAter.


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