Radio Interview on WYPR

Several weeks ago, I sent out some screeners of the film to the local Baltimore press, to see if anyone wanted to cover the premiere of "Standards of Ethical Conduct". Lisa Morgan, co-host of "The Signal" on WYPR 88.1, the local National Public Radio station, responded within a couple days, wanting to arrange an interview!

When I received her email I was simultaneously struck with excitement and anxiety. It was a great break for the film, as getting the first piece of media coverage for a film is the hardest part. Plus, it was one of the first people who had seen my film that had no connection with me, so I was excited to hear she liked it.

On the flipside, I had never been interviewed before nor been on the radio. Well maybe I had briefly been on the radio as a kid, when we used to call into DC101 to request songs like "Cherokee" by Europe to see if they'd play them (seriously, click on that link, its worth it).

My palms began to sweat when I thought about blathering through the interview, blowing a great opportunity for the project. At least it wasn't live radio, I'd have a chance to do-over any screw-ups.

Luckily, my work schedule didn't give me much time to dwell on it. I was traveling all over California in the days leading up to the interview. I had just enough time to ponder over the likely questions, like, why did you make the film? Surprisingly, it took a little thinking to clarify my reasoning. It had been four years since I started the project.

Last Thursday was the big day, and I arrived at high noon for the showdown. I met Lisa, who was so gracious and friendly that my nervousness quickly dissipated. We chatted for a bit, and then the interview began. We covered a range of subjects, and it was actually a lot of fun to do.

I have yet to hear it, so who knows how it'll turn out. I'll probably sound like a total cheeseball.

If you're in the Baltimore area, tune in to 88.1 at noon or 7 pm ET on Friday. If you're elsewhere, go to www.wypr.org and click the "listen live" link.

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