I have spent a shameful amount of time offline this summer. I’ve had epiphanies while loading the dishwasher that I didn’t chronicle here on the blog, wry internal commentary that I failed to put on Twitter — I’ve even eaten creatively-plated meals that I didn’t photograph for Instagram! I am really hoping that Fall means much more time for me to stare at glowing screens! (That sounded less pathetic when I said it in my head.)
I have a radio show on SiriusXM! And it starts next week!
It’s called The Jennifer Fulwiler Show. It’ll be on SiriusXM Channel 129, live on Thursdays from 1 – 2 PM ET. It begins next Thursday, September 11!
When I recorded the first demo earlier this summer, I walked into the studio without any nervousness. I like to talk, I’ve been on the radio as an interviewee plenty of times, and I had a blast co-hosting Lino Rulli’s show. How hard could it be to do your own radio show?
Then I sat down in the downtown Austin studio, put on headphones, and began the demo.
The intro music faded out, and there was this split second of silence so sudden and so complete that it felt as if the entire universe had disappeared. I began talking, and then it felt like…the entire universe was still gone, except for my disembodied, booming voice, which suddenly sounded very awkward and loud and strange to me.
I discussed a topic at length and felt certain that I must be at least a quarter way into the show, only to look at the clock and see that it had only been three minutes. I had to keep track of when to go to break and communicate with a producer while talking. I had a technical issue come up, and realized that there was no hitting the pause button to deal with it, because this will be a LIVE show.
All that is to say:
Creating a good solo radio show is hard work. It is vastly more challenging than I ever imagined it would be.
But it’s also a ton of fun. Already in the demos, I’ve had moments where I was laughing so hard that I could barely pull myself together. I’m able to share new stories and ideas that are better conveyed verbally than in writing. The audio format offers a chance to connect with people in a whole new way.
I’m equal parts nervous and thrilled for the first show next Thursday. If you have SiriusXM, you should call in to the show and say hello (and if you don’t, you can get a free trial here)!
Whether or not you can catch the show, I’m sure I’ll have some great stories to blog about. I can’t wait to share this new adventure with you!