on 29 August 2011
we’ll do it LIVE.
Thursday was crazy day for me, but a successful one indeed.
After a mad hunt for rain boots, sporting a poncho and rain pants through inclement weather, and sweating profusely while protecting expensive equipment from the rain, my LIVE on-air debut for NPR’s Talk of the Nation actually turned out pretty well! If you’d like to listen, fast-forward to 1:37 and 26:13!
My supervisors handed me the task of talking with people at the MLK Memorial, as well as describing the scene with our guest host. Now I’ve done live radio bits before…but that was college radio. Stakes aren’t that high. When you work for a show that’s listened to by over 3 million people a week, an opportunity like this will make you want to throw up your heart.
Needless to say, celebratory drinks and a change of clothes were in order after all that panicking and pressure. I will say that I gained a new sense of pride for my job, and trust in my bosses, as they handed me a task they had never seen me do before. An important one at that.