Cross-posted from Park Privatization
Len Gilroy of the Reason Foundation links my Glenn Beck interview and then goes deep on park privatization issues. Check it out. Potentially the biggest benefit to the public:
Appropriation risk: State parks operating under a concession no longer bear the appropriation risk that we're seeing play out in real life across the country, as parks get axed from state budgets amid rampant state fiscal crises (some examples include California, New York and Louisiana). Really, this is more of a risk that's eliminated, rather than transferred to the concessionaire (see revenue risk discussion above), so revenue/demand risk and appropriations risk are really two sides of the same coin.
See my discussion with Glenn Beck of my proposal to keep Arizona state parks open on my park privatization blog here or at Beck's site here. My first TV interview, and I guess I jumped in the deep end.
I answered questions about the interview mechanics here, but one other thing people asked about - I don't know Mr. Beck nor have I had any contact with him until his staff called me out of the blue for an interview. With the exception of Terry Gilberg at KFYI, I haven't even been interviewed by any of the local media so it was odd, and exhilarating, to jump right to a national stage.
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.
Talking about park privatization around 5:40 Eastern (though the segment has gotten bumped once before).