Media types are a weird bunch. The competitive nature of the business, combined with the stress of the jobs leads to all kinds of childish behavior. All part of the biz. The gossip, the infighting, and the general willingness to elbow each other out of the way for a better camera shot or ratings point. And when you get caught up in this mentality, it’s easy to forget just what a great bunch of people we have here in Bakersfield media. Well last night we all got a refresher course in how well we can all get along when united in a common cause. The Media Music Jam is an amateur concert where local media from TV, radio, and print journalism all get together to sing and play their favorite songs to raise money for The Kern Cancer Fund. And some of these people are really good. Some. But everyone does their best, and gets to perform with an actual professional band. The crowd is always great, with tons of nice folks paying good money for what is essentially a bad episode of American Idol. It’s a blast to participate in and to watch. When it rolls around next year, go. You’ll be glad you did. And yes, It was a huge success. But the amazing thing to me is watching all these local celebs put their egos aside for one night and legitimately root each other on, and even share the stage together for a good cause. It’s funny how being on a different station or different type of media naturally pits us all against each other, and even funnier getting reminded of what a genuinely fun and interesting bunch of people we have getting us the news and whatnot. So Media Music Jam 2015 is in the books, giving us 364 more days to fight for the next viewer, listener, or reader while we all wait for the call from a bigger market. And best of all, we got through the jam without playing Mustang Sally!