12:36pm on a Monday
It's not supposed to be this warm on the second day of November in the Calumet Region of Indiana and Illinois. And it's certainly not supposed to be this warm for a whole workweek, as is predicted. Productivity will suffer.
I did a 3.5 hour radio show this morning and then went to work out. Now don't tell any one... but I hop on the treadmill and walk a mile... and I time it so that I can get the opening comments of Wendy. You know who I'm talking about. Wendy Williams, one of the top five people on television today.
She's a bit abrasive. In a ten-minute opening monologue she made fun of Valerie Bertinelli for being fat - "she really let herself go" - and she hinted that some guy hit on young, nearly underaged women. But she's about as entertaining as it gets for daytime TV. As a matter of fact, I would put her monologues up against Jimmy Kimmel or Jimmy Fallon. The latter can be way too polished sometimes. The cue cards just don't move fast enough.
As far as radio tech goes... our IT guy Mark and I are trying to connect an EOHFC from our new studio to our old one. An EOHFC is a direct connection between two points on the Comcast system. It's a newer product and it's kind of expensive, but in the end it's point-to-point. It's not technically on the internet. It's like stringing a wire seven blocks down Indianapolis Boulevard and then connecting your Tieline on both ends. Lots less chance of losing your connection between the new studio and the transmitter. At least I hope.
Lotta negative bullshit today on the show. Sometimes it just gets away from me and I let hate and bitterness rule the day. I allow it and I've got a lot of soul searching to figure out where I want the show to go, what kind of tone I want. In the end, I'm getting a little lazy. I should show up with a few possible topics and some public service announcements written out and maybe even some recorded audio to play on the show. Instead, I show up and let the callers mostly drive the show. That works kinda... but after a while you realize that there's a lot of hate and bitterness out there and you have to direct the locomotive down another track sometimes.
Repeat: as a local radio talkshow host, you cannot let hate and bitterness rule the day. That is your challenge, should you choose to accept it.