So out of radio host Monday morning anxiety I woke at at 2:27am to prepare for this morning's show.
It's anxiety born of getting caught on too many Mondays without anything prepared to talk about and not being able to carry the show with my amazing wit and candor because I'm too tired from doing a whole bunch of crap over the weekend.
So I wake early and read the papers and magazines that come to my house. That's Time, Business Week, the AARP magazine, the Chicago Tribune, The Times of Northwest Indiana, The Post-Tribune of northwest Indiana, People, and a BizVoice (from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
And it is BizVoice of all things that eases the radio host Monday morning anxiety.
Evidently, perhaps the best host in radio is gonna talk at the annual Indiana Chamber of Commerce shindig, so he gave them a pre-interview.
Q - "What do you like about doing radio?"
Dennis - "What I find is that if you ever try radio, around a month in, you should try to do a show free associatively. If you can't, get out of the business - because it's too hard... Let's face facts, out of a three-hour show, you end up talking maybe an hour and 40 minutes... but you can't really cobble together an hour and forth minutes of prepared chat. And if you do, it's amazingly stilted and sounds like a kidnap note. So at some point, you have to think, 'Alright, there around five things happening in the world. I'll lay them out there and take some phone calls.'
"I'm eight years in now and I like doing it. It's the same stuff I used to tell a shrink for $300 an hour; now they pay me."