It is hard to title each and every blog post without sounding repetitive. So, I went with the above for today. I'm sure no one is too terribly offended.
It has been a really fun week here. I finally feel the radio rythmns working and have felt like the shows this past week were pretty darned good over all. Thanks, in no smal part, to all the great callers we have like David (who is perched to have his own regular daily mini-lecture slot on the show) with his great wisdoms and perspectives, true blue Greyhawk, Michael/Dr Franklin (who came along with me to the show, as a dear theatre pal and collaborator, now regular listener on his transistor radio), and even folks like Chuck (who is more on the Conservative side, but has become a great contributor to the show since I have been on the air, and I have to say that I have had some of my favorite talks with him). So many others (the other David, Sam, Bob, Matt and Lesley) really lift this show to a new level.
I am even happy that most of them hung in there and put up with my random turn on Valentine's Day with an attempt to have a themed show and get away from some of the more stress inducing politics and news items that we usually cover. What good is it, if we can't have some fun. Right?
I hope that people are having fun listening in. I am having a blast doing it, and feel like, in a few short weeks, I have built a strong network of radio friends who are giving me unbelievable support and affection. I am honored beyond sufficient words.
Of course, I had my first big "lay up" day (as Brian Hall puts it) where the news of the day/minute took charge of the show, and I just had to ride the wave that it brought in with it. Of course, I am talking about the Presidental visit to Asheville on Wednesday after the State of the Union address. And, oh, what a speech it was that he gave. My favorite of his so far. Why? Because it was the most personable and most human. Little to no politics could be found in that speech, and it showed in the way that people responded. He just took things to a higher place. I hope he can keep it there.
The State Of The Union on Tuesday was a good event (though the least viewed on TV since before the 2000s.) Despite lower ratings (Still around 33 million) it was a great speech that showed a passion for the change we have been hoping for and waiting for these past four years.
The speech was upstaged a bit, at least to my tweeting notice, by the bleary-eyed and hung-over looking John Boehner and the multi-tasking/can't be bothered to really pay attention except for applause lines Joe biden. I thought for sure that these two jokers would dominate the comedy world in the days that followed.
Well, that was until Marco Rubio took the stage for the first GOP rebuttal. B-level soap opera acting coaching, a pre-written script full of generic GOP babble and talking points, hyper-nervousness and "Airplane" finale levels of flop sweat set the stage for the great brown hope for the future of the Republican party. Oh, poor, poor little Marco. In over his head, treading water, then finding the nerves, and dehydration too much to bear a moment longer, he reached wildly for a tiny bottle of Poland Springs. No risk in taking that swig though, as Marco had drowned well before he reached for the bottle. This was pure comedy gold.
Then Rand Paul gave us his generic "all government is bad" TeaParty blather. And made it sound like he was a rational centrist (despite having identical voting records with Marco Rubio.) At least he looked into the correct camera and sounded like a real person and not an over-directed acting puppet like Rubio.
Also, the big week was also filled with guests here in the studio. From Asheville Community Theatre's upcoming prodution of BARK! to Diana Wortham's Love Songs show in the newly redesigned Forum space, to Nake Girls Reading and the Anam Cara Theatre Collective. Also, we had special guests on our Valentine's show in the lovely forms of Dr Kelley Wolfe and Spycey Spyce to give us perspectives on relationships and sexuality. And callers, as well as facebook followers, gave us their best or worst Valentine's stories, which we shared on air and had many, m,any laughs over.
I could not have asked for a better week, honestly. And the best part is that I know that I will only get better as I go along in this new adventure. So, stay tuned! More great things to come!