Well, that was interesting. Thank goodness it wasn't "live." Or television. I was scheduled to do my first radio interview for Biking Illinois at 10 AM today. My wife was getting up at 9 AM, so I asked her to wake me up when she awoke. Instead, she walked over to the bed as I was waking on my own, around 9:30. Before I even sat up in bed, the telephone rang. My interviewer wanted to start early!
I tried to collect my thoughts as best I could, but I felt about as coherent as Ozzy Osbourne after four hours on a Tilt-A-Whirl. Hours later, it feels like I dreamt it all. Truth be told, I may as well have, since no one I know has a chance of hearing it.
The radio station is located in Herrin, Illinois. Unfortunately, I was too nervous to catch the call letters. Thanks to Google, I figured out later that the station is WJPF-AM 1020 and 1340. The only reason I know the interviewer was Rick Gregg is because I wrote it down yesterday. He interviewed me for three minutes or so, or at least that's how he intended to edit it. I hope he's a good audio editor because I gave him a lot to cut!
What did I talk about? Let's see... My favorite trail, what I learned about southern Illinois, something about Giant City and Horseshoe Lake... Gosh, I hardly remember what was asked, much less what I answered. Too bad I can't hear the interview myself. I might learn something.
By the way, I have to say that WJPF wasn't a station I ever listened to, despite nearby Marion being my home base for southern Illinois. Just look at their line-up: Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham, and Michael Reagan. In other words, most of my favorite contenders for a battle royale to the death. At least then there would only be one of them left to spew disinformation over the airwaves. Too bad they don't carry Michael Savage instead of Michael Reagan.
My interview should be on The Morning News Watch between 6 AM and 9 AM, before the hot air starts spewing out of the radio. Probably Wednesday, but maybe later this week. Let me know if you hear it.