Woohoo, defected to the BBC! Actually yesterday was my radio debut and I appeared (well I didn’t so much appear it being radio, but you can’t really say I ‘sounded’, hmmm a descriptive dilemma here) on the BBC Scotland ‘ MacAulay & Co‘ show.
Click the link above to the BBC i player. It will only last for 7 days from now, so get in fast if you want to hear my dulcet tones. Actually I shall try to get someone to help to get my snippet of the show (last ten minutes just before 12 noon) on to you tube or some such technical wizardry and put it on the new site.
I’d been in the BBC building before. Jane (Snapdragon) and I had done a craft fair in there years ago in the dim and distant past. It is a huge brick like building that bears an uncanny resemblance to a prison block inside, with about four levels and each having that walk around balcony and drop to ground floor that you see in old prison movies. Okay have I been watching the wrong sort of movies here, I can’t be the only one….. Ah ‘Porridge’, yes this sort of building featured there too but on a smaller scale.
Anyway building aside the BBC is a nice place. A sort of mini city full of workers beavering away on all different levels, very modern and very fast paced and purposeful.
The radio studio itself was a joy, straight out of ‘Frasier’ (one of my all time favourite shows) with the big window into the production booth where all the techno stuff is done and hands waved, clocks watched, dials twiddled and switches switched or whatever one can do with them.
In the main room is a big round table with microphones, headphones and monitors at each placing, almost as if they are replacing the traditional cutlery and crockery at a dinner party. My host Fred MacAulay and his co-host Karen (yes we Ks were there on mass) were in mid show when I was shown in. It is all very quick (yes, and painless too) this radio stuff, no rehearsals like the telly, just in and on and do your bit.
They asked about the book, how to freshen the air with herbs and oils and generally chat about my favourite subject – the natural home. I could of course have waffled for hours as is my want, instead I was really consious of keeping it short and sweet and not getting side tracked. Concentrate Karon, keep the thread, don’t lose the plot. Having a brain like a butterfly is not good in these situations. Unlike tv where you can get away with a big grin and hope people like you, with radio you have to keep talking and hope for the best.
I hope my best was good enough.