Yes, it was real.
The gig at this particular radio station was a rebound job I landed after being fired from my previous position at another station...one I'd held for 15 years. I had never been fired before and it was quite a life altering situation, so even though this new job was at a smaller operation and was in a little podunk town about 45 minutes away....I was optimistic...until I shut the door to my office and found 'the note'.
Often, just when you think things are going smooth, life takes you in a different direction. It's almost always unexepected, and usually a bit scary. When I closed my door on that first day and found that note taped to the back, I remember standing there dumbfounded....staring at it and wondering what in the hell I was doing there. I kept that job for a year and then moved on.....I'm sure there were some lessons I had to learn during my tenure at that dilapidated group of stations...but I'm still figuring out what they were.