Thursday, 17 May 2012
A Good Face for Radio....
It's funny though, how you're just programmed to think like a mummy- the producer rang about lunchtime and asked me to come in for 620pm and I hesitated, because my immediate thought was ' No, no, that's not going to work-it's bang in the middle of dinner time and home works' but thankfully Loverboy was busy nodding furiously at me and mouthing 'Say yes!' so I did. |Then, because he was coming with me, we dropped the kids off at my (super excited ) parents' house. I got my pep talk from my mum as I was leaving, 'Now, listen here. Don't you go in there and run yourself down! You're as good as the rest of them, d'you hear me? Or even better. You go in there and be confident...and don't talk too fast...and speak out clearly.'
And it wasn't just them. After texting and tweeting and facebooking my news, I got so many messages from friends and family saying Go for it! We're listening! You can do this! Not just here in Norn Iron either- Virginia, New York, California, UAE -isn't Internet radio great altogether? I was embarrassed and delighted, humbled and moved all at once-all those folks who took the time to cheer me on and wish me well, when they could so easily not have bothered-it was overwhelming..
The show was half a hour long and I was on right at the end, so Loverboy and I sat in with the producers, looking into the studio where Marie Louise Muir was on air-she had a proper red light and everything! (I'd love one of those at home, but no one would pay one bit o' heed.) There was a lady author called Jo Baker doing a phone interview before me-her book 'The Undertow' is Oprah's book of the week! Yes indeed, as in THE Oprah! Whose newsletter only goes out to 1.6 MILLION people! I mean I'm thrilled for her, I really am, but all I could think was, me and my poxy wee blog is up after an interview with Oprah's NBF! No pressure then. But before I went in, a lovely producer called Ruth advised me to just pretend it was me and Marie Louise having a wee chat...and that's exactly what I did. ML made it seem easy, so I relaxed and it was over! My sister, (who was listening in my parents') told me later that despite 3 radios on in the full and busy kitchen , my mum furtively took one into the utility room so that she could listen without any 'distractions'. (read-children).Then, when she came out, she said very seriously 'I thought that was FANTASTIC!' ( which was clearly an overstatement, but she's my mum, and I love that she still does that for me, even now).
Before we picked up the kids, we grabbed a pizza and a glass of wine and my phone beeped the whole time and I was on an absolute high! Then it was up to collect Duffy's Circus, who were beside themselves at hearing mummy on the radio.. and fairly bemused as to why, but hey, we're eating icecream in Nanas' on a Tuesday night, so who's complaining? Driving home, I honestly thought that was that, but as it turned out, my five minutes wasn't quite up and Wednesday was set to be even busier..... To be continued...(Oh, I've always wanted to write that!)