On the Radio
Early morning wakeup. Ok, so admittedly, 5:50am isn’t THAT early, but I did get up a little earlier than normal to be in Bellevue by 7:40am to be a guest on ‘Chat with Women’ radio show. I met Kathy Nelson from Ovaleye Web Solutions, and we went to the KKNW 1150AM studios, where we visited with Pam Gray and Rochelle Alhadeff, the show’s hosts. I did tell Kathy that I was under my optimal level of caffeine, but no matter. Pam and Rochelle are like two friends you’ve known for years, and they make it very easy to be an on-air guest.
What we talked about. One of the things we talked about was ‘intersections,’ and what you do in your life when you make a change. I worked in TV news for more than 20 years, so when that career ended, I was fine with doing something else. In my experience, you need to find out what it is you ‘want to be when you grow up.’ For me, it’s helping people connect with the right people to move their businesses forward. I also love writing, whether it’s a series of women’s health articles I’m working on, this blog, or developing a company’s marketing materials. But you do need to take time to figure out what makes you happy, and what you do well. Kathy talked about her company, Ovaleye, and how they’re positioned to help women-owned businesses develop their online brand, website and presence. (I’ll be adding a link to our interview later).
Why I like radio. In a long news career, I never did radio on a regular basis, but I enjoy it. Even with a camera in the studio (so it can be streamed online), it’s less about how you look, and more about what you say and how you say it. Either way — radio or TV, it’s still about connecting with your hosts and your audience in a positive way.
Thanks to Chat with Women. I encourage people, especially women over 40 (which is a great demographic, often rich in both life experience and doing well financially) to listen in weekdays from 8 – 9 am to Pam and Rochelle. They cover a wide range of topics that pertain to what women our age are going through, or will experience. Plus, they’re fun. And Benny, their guy who handles the technical side of the show, is a gem. (At least, he was very good-natured, given that we outnumbered him 4-1).
After the show. Media is a small world, especially in Seattle. So I was thrilled when I ran into Tom McCarthy of WARM 106.9 in the hallway and he said we could come visit him when we finished our interview. So we did. I worked with Tom at KOMO doing the weekend news back in the mid-90s with Eric Slocum. You won’t find a nicer person, with a terrific set of pipes! And then, I saw Daryl Summers (also at WARM) through the glass, so we had to say hello. Daryl and I emceed the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Bellevue for 4 years, and she is a pro and a delight to work with. In all, it was a great way to start the day — making new connections, and keeping up with some old friends!