Sunday, March 27, 2005

The joys of live radio [sic]

Yeah, live radio. WKRP in Cincinnati it ain't. I guess I would be Bailey if it were, but only when I'm busy producing "The Lounge Act" an indie rock show at 89.3. It's on Wed. nights, and it's great. :)
Live radio also isn't like Frasier. Every time they show the studio I crack up...there's no BROADCAST BOARD. hello?
ok, I'm ranting, but back to my point, which has a lot to do with the board.
Last Tuesday I had to do a live interview with Mary Fahl.

She is a wonderful vocalist, and falls into my crossover category on my show, although she does a version of "Una furtiva lagrima" that is much better than oh, say, Rufus Wainwright's version of "Vainement, ma bien-aimée" from Édouard Lalo's Le Roi d'Ys. (sorry in advance if you are brave enough to click that link)

So we have to run the board ourselves at the station, which is no easy feat. We are programming music, running the CD player, tape deck, turntable (YES! vinyl!) programing PSA's in the computer AND maintaining levels. Ok, Imagine doing all this AND trying to talk on the air with some semblance of calm and normalcy. Oh wait, I also didn't mention putting entries (each selection we play) into the playlist database. So all this chaos is going on, and when you have a live phone interview, you have to add plugging the phone into the board to "air".

always screw this up - always. It would help if oh, the lights on the phone weren't broken so I could tell when I was actually on the air, but I'm not going to go down that road.

Mary is a trouper, and dealt with 3 fumble throughs before I actually got her potted up and live, and spent 45 minutes with me talking about Andalusian folk songs, among other things. Go get her CD people - she's great, and tell her Kelly sent ya.


Blogger Cliff said...

Maybe this is a bad thing to admit, but I kinda like Rufus Wainwright, at least the couple of things I have heard. So I clicked on the link, warning be damned!

... and it was broken.

9:09 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home