Some of you may have seen me on Glenn Beck today. If you are like me, and don't do stuff like that very often, you may be wondering just what being on such a show is like.
The process began with a call from one of Beck's assistants. She spent over an hour with me in multiple calls to make sure she absolutely understood all the issues and could communicate them to Beck. She also called the PIO at Arizona State Parks several times to get their perspective. Then she had me come into the Fox local station in Phoenix. This is where the process went a bit different than I expected.
First, I was still sitting in the green room about 9 minutes before I was supposed to go on the air, and thus was getting a bit nervous. When they came to me, I expected to be taken to some tiny studio. Instead, I was led out to the busy news floor, in the middle of all the desks with people working. There, I found a camera and a stool. They miked me and put on my earpiece. Hearing the feed was a bit of a challenge, because people were on the phones at all the desks right near me.
Doing the interview is more like doing radio. It may look on TV like we see each other, but I can't see Beck and can't pick up on his body language. We end up talking on top of each other several times. At one point, the lady at the desk next to me goes into a drawer for stapes or something and bangs my butt, ripping out my earphone and effectively disconnecting me from the show.
Anyway, it was fun and if given the chance, I expect to be better next time. I will post a link to the video when I find it.