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Wrangling a Radio Show
At six seconds to air, our guest Bob Miller
left his seat by the mic and went to chat with the other folks on today’s show from Pendleton. That was my first clue this Round-Up show was going to put the "live" in live radio! A few minutes later, a friend of Bob's came by and draped his arm around Bob’s shoulder. When Bob introduced John on the show, the cowboys at the table stood up to give him a mic, and off we went on the subject of cattle breeding.
Later, during a break one guest strolled off briefly with his cell phone. More surprises: due to a miscommunication, filmmaker Shirley Morris was staffing a table near the rodeo grounds when we expected her at the Rainbow. Producer Julie Sabatier zipped off to get her on a cell phone. Her she is with TOL on the other end of the line.
There’s nothing more fun than doing radio with a live audience, but this one was so lively I wasn’t sure our guests at the small table in the center of the Rainbow, could even hear me. Our engineers Steve Kray and Jon Edmonds
are wizards at turning anywhere into a radio studio. Today, one challenge was having only three electrical outlets to handle the whole show. They had to unplug the keg coolers to get us on the air! Then the bar guy came in earlier than expected and started pouring test beers. Luckily, he got hooked up again before the kegs got warm.
The Rainbow staff was amazingly calm dealing with us. They just kept bringing customers breakfast.
I don’t know what it’s like to ride a bucking bronco, but this the closest I’ve gotten in radio! We really appreciated the opportunity to bring the show to the Rainbow Cafe today. Thanks!