I think part of the reason I love “Welcome to Night Vale” so much is that it really reminds me of my time at a radio station.
I was lucky enough to be an on-air DJ at my college radio station (91.7 KVRX, None of the hits, all of the time!) for three years. Due to our license, our FM hours were at night and the early morning (7pm-9am on the weekdays or something like that), so I had my show at 3 am, and later, 5am.
So listening to WtNV reminds me of long hours spent alone in a building, not to mention alone in my booth, uncertain if anyone at all was listening to our tiny little station, to my little show where I played a bunch of random music, and babbled nervously in my radio voice
(everyone has a radio voice who dj’s. Everyone. trust me).
But yet I didn’t mind because despite the loneliness and having to get up at fucking 250 in the morning, I was still on the radio. I knew how to work the board. And my voice carried out over Austin, and through the internet, the world.