Ever Been On The Radio?

Discussion in 'Radio' started by happyfilmluvguy, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. Dismuke

    Dismuke One of the Regulars

    Fort Worth, Texas
    Hmmmm. Does Internet radio count? If so - then yeah, lots of times!

    As for terrestrial radio, other than a program I had on a very small college station, I have been on a handful of times.

    The last time I was on was a few years ago when a restaurant that housed a statue with a lot of Fort Worth historical significance closed down and its contents, including the statue, were going to be auctioned off.

    The statue, known as the Golden Goddess, stood in the lobby of the old Westbrook Hotel from the time it opened in 1911 until shortly before it was imploded in the late 1970s. During the oil boom of the 1920s, wildcatters used to cut million dollar oil deals under the statue's gaze and would rub her belly for good luck. During World War I, the Royal Air Force had an air training base just to the southwest of Fort Worth and the pilots, too,had a fondness for the statue. One of those fighters was a fellow named Vernon Castle. Vernon Castle and his wife Irene were a ballroom dancing team and, at the time, were international celebrities. It was the Castles who were largely responsible for the ballroom dancing craze that swept the nation during the 1910s and which lasted right up to World War II. When Irene fell sick and had to cut her hair - well, that is what sparked the fashion craze for bobbed hair for ladies. Vernon actually saw combat and shot down a number of enemy planes during the war before he was assigned to what was supposedly a safer job training pilots in Texas, safely outside the war zone. Unfortunately, those early airplanes were very dangerous and Castle was killed in a take off. The Castles - along with their pet monkey that traveled with them - were staying at the Westbrook when Vernon Castle was killed. In the 1930s, the Castles were the subject of a Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers movie.

    Anyhow, when I read about the statue being auctioned off, I put up a posting on a local Fort Worth discussion board urging anyone local who had deep enough pockets to purchase the statue so that it could stay in Fort Worth and perhaps be put on display in another downtown hotel. A reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram saw my posting and interviewed me by phone. The day after the article appeared in the newspaper, a local country music station phoned me up and asked if I would be willing to go on the air during their morning program and talk about the statue - and, of course, I was willing to.

    I phoned the station a few minutes before I was scheduled to go on the air as they requested. The lady announcer gave me a brief prep in terms of what to expect and what she was going to ask, etc. Then, about the time I was about to go on, she came on the phone breathlessly and asked if I would be willing to hold for an additional 10 minutes or so as I had been pre-empted by "hot, late breaking Dixie Chick news." Well, sure, I had time to wait.

    This happened to be the very day that the scandal regarding the Dixie Chicks remarks about President Bush hit and that was the "hot late breaking" news. The only thing for me was the fact that, while I was sitting on hold, I kept wondering what on earth is a "dixie chick?" You see, that was the very first time I had ever even heard of the Dixie Chicks. I simply do NOT listen to modern music at all - so usually the only time I become familiar with the names of today's music stars is if they make news headlines for some reason or another. Of course, after my interview was over and I saw the news, I very quickly learned who the Dixie Chicks were - though to this day I would not be able to recognize any of their music.

    As for the interview, it went ok and was kind of fun. The good news is that some members of the Fort Worth Petroleum Club ended up pooling their money and won the statue in the auction. They then paid to have the statue restored to her former glory after decades of neglect and abuse - and it is now on display in the elevator lobby of their clubhouse at the top of one of the city's skyscrapers. Unfortunately, only members are allowed up there so not just everyone can see it. But I did get an opportunity to attend an exhibit of historical photos being held in the club and got to see the statue after it had been restored. I have no way of knowing whether the members of the club who purchased it found out about it as a result of my thread or the radio or newspaper interviews. Most likely not. But if they did, it is pretty cool to have made a difference in the outcome.

    In April of 2005 I did get to hang out for a few hours in the studio of a major New York City FM station owned by CBS. One of the station's on-air personalities is a Radio Dismuke listener and, when I was in town, he was kind enough to invite me to sit in during his program. I didn't go on the air, of course, as the audience would have had no idea who I was and the station certainly did not play anything close to the 1920s and 1930s music I play. But it was a VERY neat experience being able to hang around with a very interesting fellow in a big time radio station in THE major market of major markets. MTV, by the way, was located in the same skyscraper as the radio station - so I cracked a little joke about Dismuke being in the belly of the beast therefore making it only a matter of time before today's nasty rock stuff comes to an end due to the immanent renaissance of wonderful 1920s and 1930s type music. Oh, well - one can dream, at least.
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  2. FATS88

    FATS88 One of the Regulars


    In 1999 on KPOO, on my friend Denise Monder's show.
    She invited me to come on to talk about the recordings
    of a famous relative, and to play some tracks from my, then brand new
    Duke Ellington box set (The centennial edition:complete RCA VICTOR recordings)
  3. funneman

    funneman Practically Family

    South Florida

    That is so cool! I must have played "When I Hear Music" a million times at High School dances! Greetings to Debbie from the land of Y-100 and POWER-96!
  4. Twitch

    Twitch My Mail is Forwarded Here

    City of the Angels
    Been on the radio just to request records on the oldies station.....
  5. pennycarrol

    pennycarrol A-List Customer

    France, UK
    I was visiting New Zealand last summer, and a young guy came to me and asked me some questions with a microphone (I was in Wellington)!!!!!!!!!! Of course I didn't understand the questions and all my answers were completely dumb lol!!! He told me that my interview could be heard on radio... But I forgot the station and I couldn't listen to my fabulous interview looooooool lol lol!!!
  6. MrNewportCustom

    MrNewportCustom Call Me a Cab

    Outer Los Angeles
    I once called the Phil Hendrie show when he was on KFI in Los Angeles. He was "wondering" why things outside were moving around on their own (it was a very windy night), and I called in to add to the confusion.

    Back in the early '80s, a friend of mine, before I knew her, would go to KROQ with a friend and they'd mix drinks for a couple of the DJs while they were on-air. [​IMG]

  7. As a former Commanding Officer of the Homicide Section for a major city police agency, I was interviewed countless times concerning specific crimes, trends, and other matters of public concern. For television interviews I always wore a black, snap brim Fedora (after all, if you're going to be a homicide detective, you might as well look like one...lol).
  8. Lucyinthesky

    Lucyinthesky New in Town

    When I volunteered for PBS and did pledges I was on TV live .....taking phone calls live ...so I wasn't on radio but TV :)
  9. Edward

    Edward Bartender

    London, UK
    Done a few bits over the years. In my work capacity, I've been on a local DAB radio station to talk about the legal and moral responsibility we may expect with regards to soial media providers like Fscebook being held to account for the spread of hate speech.

    Away from work, I've made a bunch of television appearances over the years through Rocky Horror fandom, and I'm also one of the talking heads on a fan interviews section they did as a new set of extras for the BD release in 2010. I was also interviewed on BBC World Service Radio once to do with Rocky - I think that was around the time of the 25th anniversary, back in 2000.

    In the mid-late 90s, I was a regular caller in to a cult show on BBC Radio Ulster (my student years, and before I left Northern Ireland). For years they only ever knew me entering competitions as "Tinky Winky the Teletubby". (I sparked a minor craze for people entering the competitions under pseudonyms; Batman and Bobba Fett I remember also popped up regularly.) I was even put on air once, totally live, to discuss the meaning of an album titled "The Heterodoxy". I wittered on for several minutes about the use of the word "heterodox" in Wuthering Heights.

    Across 2002 and 2003, I and several friends made appearances on the "Strangely Talented" slot on Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow, whereon I failed to escape from a straitjacket in front of a live televisual audience of upwards of three million.

    In 2004, a friend was the wardrobe mistress on BBC daytime soap Doctors, when an episode script involved a goth wedding and they needed extras who could supply their own costume. I as there, all black velvet and white cotton frills and black lipstick...

    I've made many appearances in international newspapers in photos of the annual Chap Olympiad, but my biggest media storm through that was when I took my first Gold Cravat in 2012. Our event attracted enormous press that year because of its proximity to the Other Olympics that year, and so I made appearances on French and German television, Australian breakfast radio, and Japanese television. In 2011, a photo of me at the Chap Olympiad which appeared in Getty Images was used by a newspaper in New Zealand to illustrate an article on "The English Gentleman". Which, being Irish, I found hilarious.
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  10. belfastboy

    belfastboy Call Me a Cab

    vancouver, canada
    In the later part of the 1960's as a student leftwinger I went on a local radio talk show hosted by a veteran radio journalist to promote an upcoming protest march. He was an irascible old Scotsman. I went in prepared and gave it my most educated and eloquent best. Let's be charitable here and just say he eviscerated me on live radio and I left grasping at the miniscule amount of dignity left at my disposal.
  11. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    No matter how long ago you worked in radio, it will follow you around for the rest of your life.


    Listen to the broadcast here.
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  12. ChiTownScion

    ChiTownScion One Too Many

    Midwest America
    You should go regular with this, and work toward NPR picking it up as a national syndicated feature. You're a lot easier to listen to than the monotonous babblings of Garrison Keillor, and, unlike Lake Woebegone, Rockland is a real place with real people. But, hey, I admit bias.
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  13. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    We'll be doing it again this summer. The station wants to do four a year, but I can't do it without the kids, and two of them are in college -- so we can only broadcast when they're home on break. Given the vigor of the public reaction to the show, I'm trying to talk them into considering a career as radio performers, but they've seen how I ended up, and have more sense than to follow that example.
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  14. ChiTownScion

    ChiTownScion One Too Many

    Midwest America
    I'd hate to have to consider broadcasting as a FT career, as it looks to be pretty cutthroat even to an outsider like me. Part time, though, could be a different matter. There are other hobbies/ pastimes that are far more financially draining and less rewarding, I'm certain. Although any type of artistic endeavor as a full time career plan is always dicey.

    A regular broadcast program just seems like the kind of endeavor that, with the right support (financial and otherwise) might do a lot to put your town and the theatre on more maps. The local flavor of the show could be a big selling point, and given the appeal that the charm that the folks of Maine Cabin Masters on DIY Network exude, I don't think that's a random shot in the dark. Any way.. that's my two cents worth.
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  15. LizzieMaine

    LizzieMaine Bartender

    Radio today is pretty much extinct as a career option for just about anybody, except within very narrow parameters. I've had a lot of offers to do various types of programs on a "volunteer basis," but people don't seem to understand that this kind of thing takes a lot of work, and that kind of work is not something I can afford to give away.

    Maine Public Radio is aware of our show -- I did a promotional bit with them which they aired in their nightly news program. So if there's a backer out there willing to come across with the cash to pay us to do the show on a more regular basis, I for one am certainly willing to listen to what they have to say. I didn't get paid anything beyond my regular theatre salary for writing, directing, and performing -- but I do own the copyright to the script, the format, and the characterizations, most of which were things I used to do in my prior career, so if it does go anywhere, I'm going to hold out for a piece of the action.
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  16. Retromoto

    Retromoto One of the Regulars

    Nope, just the TV for a interview, geeze the lights were bright:)
  17. Julian Shellhammer

    Julian Shellhammer Practically Family

    Like some others, I was a college radio DJ (for two or three shows: the volunteers for airtime were numerous), and did some newscasts with the copy typed on an actually typewriter; our inspiration followed (sort of) the news reporting of Rip N. Read, courtesy the teletype machines. One sparkling moment was a one-off bit on the real early morning show with a drama major who pretended to be a food critic reviewing frozen yogurt.
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  18. newsman

    newsman One of the Regulars

    All the time! I'm a ham radio operator!

    But i have been on a few times over the years for other reasons. Radio is a medium that is not like anything else. It may have reduced in some ways but it is far more likely to survive than my beloved newspapers.

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