Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Radio Goo-Goo, Radio Gah-Gah
This is sort of fun.
As some of you know, I am an NPR junkie. When I'm not listening to a band over which I am obsessing (currently, The Thermals), then I'm listening to NPR. One of the shows I catch every week is Studio 360, hosted by Kurt Andersen. The show occasionally features a question to which they ask the audience to reply. Two weeks ago, the question was:
"If you had the skills or talent to switch jobs and your career -- right now -- to become a musician, painter, filmmaker, actor, singer, playwright or novelist, and you would earn at least as much money as you do now, would you do it?"
I responded that I had done just that -- quit my day job to concentrate on my writing. And on top of that, I would be taking care of my son, too. They called me just a couple of days later to do an initial interview and find out more of my story. The intern to whom I talked warned me that they were doing a lot of these interviews and they wouldn't necessarily be using my story -- or even contacting me again. I told her I understood. The very next day I got an email requesting to set up a time to be interviewed by Kurt Andersen.
Long story short, I'll be part of a story Studio 360 is producing based on responses from that query. I gave about fifteen minutes of interview over a couple of days, but we'll see how much makes it into the piece. However much they use, it's been a fun experience.
The episode will go live on their website on Friday. It airs on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights in our area. Here's a page where you can find when and where to listen to the show in your area.