Friday, February 22, 2008

The Great Green Home Show

Last Sunday, I was on the radio. My first time. WILM 1450 AM. Wilmington, Delaware.

Yep. Delaware. Exciting, right?

Not a whole lot going on in Wilmington. Corporate friendly tax laws. Credit cards. Senator Joe Biden. My family. Their friends. Friends' friends. And, of course, Paul and Doug, hosts of WILM's The Great Green Home Show.

We recorded last Thursday; it aired on Sunday; but I still haven't listened to the show. The station, you'll be able to tell from its website, is a little bit technically understaffed, and the audio files just went up online this afternoon.

I'm a little scared and a lot embarrassed, but, in the name of transparency, here's the link to The Great Green Home Show and its audio archives. February 17, 2008 segments 1, 2, 3, and 4. As I said, I haven't listened yet, but, if I remember correctly, I'm featured a tiny bit in segment 1, not at all in 2, and then prominently in 3 and 4.

The day we recorded, they led me into the studio, sat me down in between Paul and Doug, told me to keep my mouth close to the mic, and pushed the record button.

You'd think 8-10 minute segments would be heaps of time. Well they're not. I'm not convinced I finished a single coherent thought.

What's your connection to Wilmington? How did you get interested in saving the planet? What are you working on now? Why? How far along are you? Other than the site you're building, what are some other interesting green spaces online? How about China? What happens over there? Why were you there? What should we know about China that we don't? What's the environmental situation there? How are they going to fix it?

I tried to keep up with it, but I ramble, tell stories, pause dramatically, communicate with facial expressions, elaborate with my hands. Radio time doesn't wait for people like me.

Paul and Doug said it went beautifully. No second takes. No editing. Just pure, honest radio goodness. Have a listen and see what you think. Give me a couple of days, and I'll see if I can work up the courage to do the same.

Big thanks to Paul, Doug, and Brooke the producer. I think it's great that they are doing what they're doing. They have full time jobs and families and obligations, but, a few months ago, they decided to make the show happen. They wanted to give their community something simple, relevant, fun, and green.

It's local radio. It's got no budget. They find their guests by connecting through people like my uncle the farmer. And who knows if anyone's even listening yet. But they're on the air, figuring it out as they go, and having a good time doing it.