So, a while ago, my friend Anita Lustrea asked me if I’d ever want to work in radio. I thought back to college, where I studied English and Journalism. Back then, when faced with the choice between print and broadcast journalism, I wondered, Who on earth’d wanna broadcast when you can write?
Of course, fast-foward 20 years and my answer changed –to both my own question and to Anita’s: “Yes, Anita, I’d want to work in radio” and “Duh, Caryn.?I’d wanna broadcast especially since I still can write.”
Somewhere over these years of radio interviews for book promotions and then guesting on Midday Connection’s current event shows and publishing panels, I fell for radio. Hard. Maybe because I love the conversations good radio facilitates or because yapping into a big puffy microphone is really fun (you ought to try it). But I also suspect it’s because of the role radio plays in our lives. Anita once described radio as a medium that fits into our lives–as opposed to TV, movies or books or blogs, which take us out of life (I argue this has huge benefits too, which is why I write and read…). We listen to radio (music or talk) while we drive, while we wash dishes, while we work. And as a fan of integration and mutil-tasking,I love that, both as a radio listener and as a yapper.
All this to say:
I’m thrilled to announce I’ve accepted a job offer from Moody Radio’s Midday Connection. In the near future, I’ll be on air once-a-week-ish and/or producing a show once-a-weekish.
I’m excited about this job for a million reasons (not the least of which is the amazing people I get to work with). But I’m also a little overwhelmed. I’m at the bottom of a steep learning curve right now, standing there, in my lederhosen, holding that rope with the hook on it, ready to toss it up and dig my pokey boots into the curve (for what it’s worthy, my knowledge of radio terminology matches my knowledge of old-timey Alpine mountain-climbing terminology. You see why I’m overwhelmed.). And though this position is still part-time, integrating it into my job at church while book-launching and writing and speaking and raising kids will be tricky. So, prayers appreciated.
That’s my news. I’m going radio! It’s going to be an adventure for sure. Hope you join me on it!
P.S. Special thanks to the folks who’ve kept my secret. Who knew you could tell a gaggle of writers this news and they’d spill nary a word on Facebook? Thank you for your vault-like-ness. Same goes to you, fellow ECRC staffers. The pastors have to keep their traps shut, but the rest of you did it simply because I asked. Thank you.