In February of 2007 I had the enormous pleasure of interviewing Ira Glass. In case you aren’t familiar with him he hosts a show called This American Life which airs weekly on most public radio stations. I had approximately 13 minutes with him…it was part of a press junket during which he would do 4 interviews an hour for about 5 hours straight. This was as the This American Live television show was being launched on Showtime. The amazing thing about his show is its ability to get people talking as if the microphone isn’t on. I’m not sure how they do it exactly, except of course having amazing reporters and producers, but the fact is they do it. And the fact also is that when most people know they’re on the radio, or being recorded, it changes them somehow. It’s like they try to talk instead of just talking… Well, that doesn’t really change no matter how much you’ve been on air, or recorded, and it’s exactly what I hoped to illustrate with the way I packaged my interview with Ira. In homage to his show, I took a radically different approach…click Ira’s face to hear it. 🙂
In March, 2011 I had a full hour with Science Fiction author and legend Dr. Ben Bova. We talked about a spectrum of ideas and visions of the future. I wished I had another hour… Click on his picture (which I took with my phone during the show) to hear our conversation.
In October, 2008 I drove up to Venice and set up a mobile studio in the break room at Clyde Butcher’s gallery. He’s a legend for taking amazing landscapes of the Florida Everglades and other parts of the country and world. He uses really old camera technology that allows him to use extremely large negatives…like the size of a piece of legal paper. I admire his abilities, spirit and success. 🙂 Here is our interview…
I’ve had the pleasure of working the the BBC’s World Have Your Say team when they’ve come to Florida to produce their live show. (which is heard by more ears than any other radio show on the planet!) They were at WGCU in January, 2010…they showed up the day before the massive earthquake hit Haiti. Their show topics are always determined by the news of the day, which of course meant the earthquake took center stage. We invited members of Southwest Florida’s Haitian community to our TV studio for two days of live shows. They were the most intense experiences I had during my time in radio. They were getting information from people on the ground in Haiti during a time when it was nearly impossible to get information…and it was all being heard by more than 100 million people around the globe. We were the center of it all…these are the pictures I took during the shows.