I had a lot of trouble trying to get on to the radio. I’d like to make it known that I do not listen to the radio. Whether it is for music (like most my age) or for talk (like few my age, but some in my field) I have never been interested in radio. I simply do not think there is something there for me. While I would like to think about myself as someone who keeps up with news I cam to the realization that I really don’t while doing this project. I am just another headline reader. I get the gist of the world around me but if I need to go deeper into it I cannot discuss a lot of issues. There will always be very large events or issues that I can talk about. Unluckily for me those were not the topics of the shows I tried to get on. I don’t care much for politics although I am trying to bring them into my life. I do not care much for sports. I play/have played many. I am just another fair-weather fan. To be perfectly honest I am mostly interested in alternate cultures that do not and would not get talked about on the radio. I could talk for days about these things. Oh well. Here is the play by play of my attempts to get on the radio and ultimately failing:
-First I tried Vox Pop with Alan Chartock. They were talking about Bernie Madoff. I didn’t know anything about that. I listened for half an hour but, couldn’t find anything to say
-So I switched to Jen Brien at WRKO Boston. She was talking about religion and how it is a business. This was interesting to me. I listened to the show for about 45 minutes and then listened to my phone ring until the show ended. I never got through through.
-Then I turned to Howie Carr also of WRKO. He talked about politics and I couldn’t find anything to say about that.
-On another day I listened to The Dennis Miller Show on WRKO. This show was run holding calls about anything. Perfect! Right? Wrong. I thought that would be good except when I tried calling all I got was a ring or two and a message to record a voice mail.
-I recorded one on how Dennis Miller was screwing me over because I had to do this project as soon as possible and I couldn’t because I kept getting sent to voicemail. At this point I may have been getting frustrated. I kept trying to call until the end of the show and never made it on. Maybe they will play my slightly angry voice mail later.
-I then listened to the Money Matters Show for a period of time before deciding that I wouldn’t be able to talk about any of this as a poor college student who knows nothing about finance.
-As my time had run out I concluded that it is just not my place to be on radio. I acknowledge the brave few who do call in. It’s not easy. It takes time and a lot of thought to get a good call in to a radio station. Had I wanted to call in and start screaming savagery slander I supposed I could have. I wanted to bring an intellectual side to this whole thing. That was my downfall. It’s not easy being an intellectual. It takes time and patience. I simply ran out of both.