Time to do a radio show. Cobwebs from last night's Jimmy Cliff concert. Haven't attended Festival of the Lakes for a couple years. Must have been on vacation or something last year. Good show.
Today's schedule? That's easy. Just copy from the front page of this website.
6:45am Hammond Councilman Anthony Higgs
7:10am Senator Joe Donnelly
7:30am Attorney Dave Gladish
8:00am Doug DeLaughter -Ross Summer Music Theatre
8:35am Dan Repay, Little Calumet River Commission
Now I know what you're thinking. Have you prepared, JED?
Not specifically. I could have prepared some insightful questions for the first two guests of the day - elected officials Hammond councilman Anthony Higgs and US Senator Joe Donnelly - but that would take the fun out of it. You lose spontaneity when you read the recipe too many times.
Besides, Spencer Tracy may have been on to something. Rehearsal? Are you kidding me? Turn on the cameras and let's go, Katherine. Today's lineup is a little heavy on testosterone, but interesting nonetheless. It was put together by producer Ryan Walsh. The best producer in Chicago is in Indiana. Just start talking, JED. Just start talking.
4:48am. The biggest decision of the morning is whether to ride the bicycle or the scooter. Later on, there will be bigger decisions like what questions to ask guests and what to tell the interns and employees to do. But as of 4:49 in the morning, it's whether to ride the scooter or the bike.
I rode the bike last night down the Little Calumet River trail with my daughter Jacks. It was a little disheartening that on a cool July evening we were the only ones on the trail. Don't get me wrong - Like most people in radio, I crave being alone. And having a stretch of trail along a river to yourself on a regular basis is pretty cool. But a lotta dough went into the trails and I'd like to see more people get off their duffs and use them.
It's a radio Wednesday. I don't know who the guests are. Let's leave that to producer Ryan. If you've been doing this morning radio stuff long enough, then you start talking and stuff comes out of your mouth. When a new guest comes in, Ryan either hands me a piece of paper or I just start talking anyhows. It's all the same. Talk talk talk talk talk.
Maybe you can see that after four hours of talking... and then another four hours of talking people into buying ads or directing people to edit stuff or paying bills or erecting a piece of studio furniture... that it might be kinda cool to have your own stretch of trail for a while.
Just a while.
4:45pm hanging out at the new studios at 7150 Indianapolis Boulevard. I did a radio show this morning about the big three murders around the Region over the past week and the funeral today of Gary officer Jeff Westerfield. Sad times.
It doesn't normally get to you if you're in the media long enough - as Michelle Quinn of the Post-Tribune agreed with me on the show this morning - but then again sometimes it does. Gary cop killed sitting in his car responding to a call... that'll get to you.
A flight attendant bound and rammed against concrete in her own home... that'll get to you.
An elderly woman lying in her bed at a hospital and she's stabbed to death in the middle of the night. That kinda gets to you.
So it goes, so says Kurt Vonnegut. I'm watching the big trucks and the many cars pass by in the huge "Window to the Region" at our new studios on Indianapolis Boulevard. Life really does just go on. Radio proves that. Always open, never closes, just like White Castles.
Do it again tomorrow.