Thursday, March 31, 2005

TV Taping and New Music

Hi All!

Today I will be taping an interview (with ME as the interviewee - Shudder!) on the program "Time ToTalk About Opera". It will be broadcast (as I understand it) on selected PBS stations.
I am nervous as hell - I will be on the air for 22 MINUTES.
I have NO IDEA what to wear
I have no idea what to say
I also just pulled an all-nighter on the job the other day, and this was my first day after sleep - I sound like Tallulah Bankhead, fer chrissakes.
Maybe folks will think Marlene Dietrich instead. I wish I looked like her. Sorry to disappoint ya'll.
New music in the radio blog - hope you enjoy, mostly Handel and Kiri and Cecilia - it doesn't get much better than that.

And of course, I will post a summary of what it was like.


Monday, March 28, 2005

No show on Tuesday this week, folks

Work beckons, and I must follow. No show, please enjoy my music selections to the right . Please leave requests for next week in the comments section.

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.

Thanks Alisa!

Thanks to Alisa for previewing this on a Mac for me...hence the changes. Yes, I will overhaul the entire look/feel soon. :)

Radio Blog is HERE!!!

Radio blog is here, and we love it! This weeks selections are mostly classical, lots of opera. (and um, this is a suprise?) You can scroll through and pick any selection, if you click "pop-up" then the player pops up in a separate window and you can continue to surf while listening, even if you go to another site.

After Tuesday, you can come here to listen to an archive of my show...