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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Captain's Quarters On the Air Tonight

Hugh Hewitt has invited me to comment on last night's Gaffney-Norquist debate tonight on his show. I'll be joining other noteworthy bloggers giving commentary and perspective on this issue. Make sure you tune in to hear what I sound like (and try not to be too disappointed when I don't sound like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, OK?).

If you don't know where to find Hugh's show, here's a roster of stations nationwide that carry it.

UPDATE: I had a blast on Hugh's show. If you didn't get a chance to hear me, the show may be replayed later, but I can't find anything on that so far. (If you're in the LA area, KRLA will replay at 8 PM PST.)

My impressions of my first time on the air as a featured guest ... My experience started with Scott Johnson, the Big Trunk at Power Line, e-mailed me that Hugh wanted to have me on the air tonight. I had read the same thing on Hugh's site, but since I hadn't appeared on Hugh's show before, I didn't know how to get in touch properly. Scott was kind enough to get me the phone number for Duane, Hugh's producer, and chat with me for a while. I called Duane shortly afterwards to make the arrangements, and Duane was very helpful.

I rushed home, and spent the drive thanking God traffic was improved over yesterday. After I told my wife about the invitation and the arrangements, she told members of our family and a few friends so that they could listen in. (Nothing like having your family in the audience to make you feel reeeeeeeeeal calm.) After I got home, I reviewed my blog entry and the Gaffney article, and Duane called right on time. I was put on hold for a couple of moments while Hugh was preparing to go live, and just like that, I was on the air.

Hugh was gracious and enthusiastic in his introductions, endorsing the blogosphere as, I believe, the new intellectuals that are revolutionizing the political process, and then asking us questions regarding our blogged reactions to the Gaffney/Norquist debate. Fortunately, Scott went first, allowing me to collect my thoughts a bit more, and then Hugh asked me about my reaction. If you had a million dollars, I probably couldn't tell you what I said, but I believe I discussed a different aspect of my reaction than I had posted last night. I know I shamelessly mixed metaphors (links in a chain morphed into bricks in a building), but other than that, I don't think I did too badly.

Hugh alternated between Scott and myself, allowing us to talk at length, never interrupting us or cutting us off, which I found surprising for the tight time format radio requires. I can't speak for Scott, but I felt like Hugh gave us plenty of time for responses to very well-crafted questions. In what seemed no time at all now, our segment was over and Duane's friendly voice was back on the line, encouraging me to go out and blog away.

In short, I had a blast. I hope Hugh and Scott did too, and all of you who listened.

After I got off the phone, I called around looking for reviews. I asked the toughest critics I could find ... my wife, my mother, my father, and my son. (I'm not stupid, after all.) Everyone loved the show -- I may have expanded Hugh's audience! -- but the best part was when I called my son. He said the topic had him a bit lost as he hadn't heard the debate we were discussing, but he also told me that my 18-month-old granddaughter, the Little Admiral, was listening -- and she recognized my voice!! That's the best review I've heard so far.

Can't wait to do it again! If you heard the segment, please leave me a comment to let me know what you thought.

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Comments

So is it safer to say you sound like Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street?

Posted by: Zygote at Dec 10, 2003 6:26:13 PM

Heh heh heh. If anyone wants to say that, I won't stop 'em, Zygote!! Just as long as I don't sound like Woody Allen, I'm happy.

Posted by: Captain Ed at Dec 10, 2003 6:30:49 PM

I thought that was Don Knotts. Heh.

I'm a frequent Hugh Hewitt listener. He routinely has segments of two guests with differing viewpoints and they always get equal time. I think he's an expert interviewer.

Your blog is new to me but I like what I see. Keep up the good work...

Posted by: Sando at Dec 10, 2003 8:12:51 PM

Wish I could have heard it, but Hugh isn't on in Richmond. Congrats on making it on-air. It's a charge, isn't it?

If he has you back on, remember....the whole trick is to sound confident. Radio is an easy medium, if you can fake that well enough. :)

Oh, and if you're on again...get somebody to roll tape. That way, you can hear your own voice. It'll make you cringe, if you aren't used to it. Never fails.

Congratulations on the notoriety.

Posted by: Jon Henke at Dec 10, 2003 8:14:27 PM

Sando -- ouch! No more of that Don Knotts stuff, now ... we have to nip it in the bud!

Thanks for the kind comments. I agree about Hugh's interviewing skills. The segment with Gaffney and Norquist was handled especially well. What I found interesting in our segment was that while Hugh kept the time split evenly between Scott and myself, I had no sense that he was managing the time -- no rushing us or cutting us off. Very, very, skillful.

Posted by: Captain Ed at Dec 10, 2003 8:31:56 PM

Jon -- thanks for your thoughts. When I sold menswear about a hundred years ago or so, one of the old pros told me the secret of sales was sincerity; once you've learned to fake that, you've got it made.

Fortunately, KRLA is rerunning the show, and my dad is going to make a tape for me. When I get it I'm planning on saving it to my hard drive. I work in an area where phone lines are recorded, so I've had the unpleasant experience of hearing myself on tape a number of times. Now a large part of the country has had the same displeasure ... I'm such a giver!

You're right about it being a charge -- it's a total blast.

Posted by: Captain Ed at Dec 10, 2003 8:37:20 PM

If you can make an MP3, email it to me. Uh, at least, email a few minutes of it. I don't want 30 minutes of you guys. I have a hard drive to conserve. :)

Posted by: Jon Henke at Dec 10, 2003 9:10:50 PM

OK, no more references to Don Knotts...

Here's a link for online listening. The most recent show is archived: http://www2.krla870.com/listen/

Posted by: Sando at Dec 10, 2003 9:56:11 PM

Thanks for posting the link, Sando. I was going to see if the Captain would convert his tape to something we could download and listen to later.

Congrats, CE, I think this is great! Did you imagine a few months ago this is where you would be?

Posted by: Alicia at Dec 10, 2003 11:02:04 PM

Alicia, I didn't imagine I would be there this morning! Yikes! This has been a blast.

Sando, thanks for the link. If anyone is trying it, it's actually playing yesterday's show -- I imagine that their web support people probably leave work while Hugh is still on the air, so today's show will probably be posted tomorrow. If you listen to yesterday's show, the debate that spawned my appearance is the first hour of the streaming audio; listen and see if you agree with my blogged assessment and that of Power Line.

Posted by: Captain Ed at Dec 10, 2003 11:08:52 PM

Fantastic. I had been following what was going on and heard you guys were going to be on Hugh. I could never get on the air and talk as clearly well thought out as you did. Best interview and most interesting topic I've heard in a long time.

Posted by: Nick at Dec 11, 2003 7:01:13 AM