Adventures in Audio Recording

“Microphone” - photo by Matthew Keefe

Last Monday afternoon I recorded my first (I think) radio show and my second podcast.

Being in a radio studio felt familiar, even comfortable, but I can’t remember any specific details from actually being in one before, so maybe it is a memory from a previous life.  That, or an effect of watching “The Truth about Cats and Dogs” too many times.

Anyway, on Monday afternoon I drove downtown to the Emmis building on Monument Circle and met Glee Renick-May in the lobby.  She is the producer and one of the hosts for WIBC’s “Spotlight Indianapolis” program.  It is part of WIBC’s public affairs programming.

The topic of this particular segment is Famous Hoosiers.  I was asked to talk about my upcoming storytelling program on Abraham Lincoln at the Indiana History Center. (See more info about the Lincoln program at the bottom of this post.)  The other guest, Ray Boomhower, is on staff at the Indiana Historical Society/Indiana History Center.  He would talk about other famous Hoosiers and about his new book, Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary (Indiana University Press 2008.)

I was nervous in spite of enjoying being in a studio, and I was both over- and under-prepared, but Glee was a gracious host and the thirty minutes FLEW by.  Ray was very interesting and I actually didn’t have to say much at all.  I received a copy of the tape, but I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet.  I know I missed at least one opportunity.  When Glee asked me, “What was Lincoln like as a person?” I could have said, “Come to my program and find out!” but instead I laughed and said, “Have you got five days?”  Ah, well.  I hope I don’t sound too goofy overall.

If you want to judge for yourself, you will have to set your alarm to listen at 5:30 this coming Sunday morning.  You may either tune in to 93.1 FM on your radio or listen via the station’s website:  The show will not be available any other time.

After we said goodbye at the radio station, I drove south to the University of Indianapolis campus to meet Bob Burchfield.  He is the founder and manager of, a calendar website that exhaustively answers the question, “What is going on, what is there to do, in the Indianapolis area?”

I first met Bob through the Indy Fringe Festival.  He is their web manager, too.  Last summer he asked me to make a brief “person on the street” Fringe podcast with him.  It is still available, I think, via this link.

More recently I received an email from Bob asking if I would record a short blurb congratulating for making its 1000th podcast.  I could invite people to check out my blog as well.  Of course I said I would!

Bob asked 12 of his favorite bloggers to do so.   He will use our blurbs as introductions to his daily podcasts during the first two weeks of January in 2009.

It was fun talking with Bob about theatre and blogging.  He encouraged me to create some podcasts and videos for Indy Theatre Habit.  He had an excellent little hand-held recording device, one I would like to own myself some day.  I would like to make podcasts and videos msyelf eventually, but I imagine I will always want to write as well.

I hope you will join me on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at the Indiana History Center from 4:00-6:00 pm for the debut of my new storytelling piece for adults.  It is called “Of the People: Stories and Images of Abraham Lincoln.”  This program is part of the Sharing Hoosier History through Stories collaboration between the Indiana Historical Society and Storytelling Arts of Indiana.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  To buy advance tickets, please call 317-232-1882 or visit this page of the Storytelling Arts website.

Hope Baugh –

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