Everything about being a radio show host is new to me. I definitely have a big learning curve going on with this new venture. Stretching usually is wonderful, and can also be quite stressful. This last show, I would say was both stretch and stress for me. When I called in on Skype, the first thing the engineer said was that he was hearing static from me. He was quite supportive as I started pulling out various cords and putting them back in, nothing helped. Was it the headset, computer, or microphone? He then said we had one minute before the show and wasn’t sure how to proceed with the sound so bad. Inside I was panicking. What was I to do? I had no idea what to do. He said it did sound a little better and to go ahead with the show.
The guest, Anne Millman, who I interviewed, was also unfamiliar with this process. I recently met Anne while searching for a Quan Yin statue, when I found myself on the phone with www.statue.com talking with a very delightful person. Very early in the conversation I realized that this woman had such a wonderful attitude about life that I would be talking about her on the show. I ordered my statue, and considered asking her to come on the show, but stopped short of making the request. A few days later, as the show grew closer, and I couldn’t get Anne out of my thoughts, I contacted her and got her to agree to an interview. Quan Yin is considered a goddess of compassion, so not only did I get a statue of compassion, but met a woman who exemplifies compassion. Anne did join in on the show, and was quite amazing with the interview.
Another element of the show that I’ve been trying to bring in is to have a portion of the show be a community forum with lively questions and sharing. The first show was absolutely wonderful with plenty of calls and lots of sharing; the second show didn’t go as well. The last ten-minute segment of the show was set-aside for callers and questions, which means that I did not have anything set to talk about during that time. With no callers, I had to think fast on my feet, finally someone did, and boy was I thrilled, thank you Geraldine!
My compassion for show hosts is rising by the week. I also had the opportunity to have compassion for myself through this opportunity. Life does give us opportunities to grow, and I appreciate that.When I agreed to take on the 13-week weekly one-hour show, I had no idea on what was involved in creating and putting on a show. I can only say that I am so grateful for the love and support through this very stretching and joy filled chapter in my life. I hope you are enjoying the show. You can watch the second below. Hope your day is full of loving ups!