Hands up if you’ve ever cried at work.
I know I have…on more than one occasion.
Earlier this week, an Adelaide radio host found herself reduced to tears while on the job, but it wasn’t in the privacy of the ladies’, or at her desk, it was broadcast to the entire state live on radio.
Ali Clarke, presenter on ABC Radio Adelaide’s morning show and mum of three, broke down in tears after reading an abusive text message from a listener which flashed up on screen during the show.
Responding to an interview she had conducted with a local woman who had rescued a joey, the listener described her work as “pitiful” which provided “excruciating listening for the Adelaide audience”.
Speaking through tears, Ali opened up to the audience while joking that she that is an ugly crier (same):
“Sorry … we don’t always get things right here but we do always try our best, you know and we sit here with the text line in front of us and it just adds up you know,” she said.
“Sometimes we do interviews and it is handed to us last minute and we are trying our very best and when someone texts in that was a pitiful interview, and what you just said was awful, I’ve embarrassed the interviewee, and provided excruciating listening to the Adelaide audience, and maybe this is too, but it adds up.”
Ali received a flood of support following the incident.
It’s part of listener interaction and has become a bit of a beast. I never had a producer so fielded it all myself. Those who have producers have one, whose hands are very full producing a show. It’s a quandary of connecting with audience but also copping some harsh “feedback”.
— Zan Rowe (@zanrowe) August 21, 2018
Notable today that an ABC broadcaster broke down on air today thanks to abusive commentary from a listener – the type of thing below is what we get every single day for doing our jobs. https://t.co/kD5Gv5ZTIN
— Leigh Sales (@leighsales) August 21, 2018