NPR

I’ve been on NPR a few times before, but today was the first time that I did an interview with them in their studio. I had to check in at a security desk in the lobby of a huge office building near Times npr.jpgSquare, then show this sticker to a guard at the entrance of a whole bank of elevators. I went to the 19th floor, headed through the big glass doors marked “NPR” and checked in with the receptionist. After a few minutes, I was led into the studio–a very small room, probably not more than 100 square feet–and I was the only one in it. The host of the show was in a studio in Washington, D.C. I put on the headphones, did a sound-check with the producer (who was “on the other side of the glass”), and the interview was soon underway. It was a bit nerve-wracking, talking about the book for the FIRST time. I kinda wish I’d had a chance to talk about it on some smaller radio stations first…you know, to get the hang of it and learn what sounds good and what doesn’t. Still, I think I did okay for the most part, and anyway, this was a taped piece, so if I said anything really dumb, it’ll get edited out. I think it’s going to air during the first week of April. Hopefully, I’ll get the details soon…

9 comments

  1. gregorybarasch@yahoo.com

    Well that’s pretty cool. Hope it comes out well.

    So I’m leaving for Spring Training tommorow. I’m going to 3 games in 4 days, and I’m hoping to reel in about 20 balls. I think that’s a reasonable goal, since I should be able to hang out at the Cardinals’ facility in Jupiter and collect balls all day without a game. Should be fun. I’ll report on the details when I got back on Monday or Tuesday.

  2. tswechtenberg@gmail.com

    hey being on NPR is about as impressive as it gets…especially having simon doing the interview. i don’t blame you for being a little jittery but he’s a real professional so i’m sure it went well. anyway, congrats and be sure to give a heads up on when it’s gonna be broadcast
    mike

  3. mike.los@lhsc.on.ca

    Hi Zack:

    Next time, you better call “Howard Stern” for some tips on how to handle a radio interview…

    It’s a good thing that you didn’t pass out from a lack of “oxygen” — the 19th floor is certainly a long way up! You may want to consider street interviews only.

  4. linville@gwu.edu

    I definitely want details on when this airs. After a year of writing very little, you have me motivated again… so keep on doing things like this so I maintain my drive :-) [and nationally so I can participate!]

  5. Zack

    PSU-
    I’ll try. Leyritz sure does look a lot like me…or maybe I look like him. After all, he was here first. But then again, who started shaving first? Hmm.

    MIKE #1-

    Thanks for understanding. I will indeed give a heads up.

    MIKE #2-

    Howard? Never listened to him. 19th floor isn’t so bad. I lived on a 10th floor for 23 years.

    LINVILLE-

    You’re allowed to take a break from writing. I mean, marriage is a pretty good excuse, no?

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