I thought my radio debut went pretty well. The host laughed a couple of times. But my Lethal Schlepin’ joke, so popular on line, fell flat because of my bad timing. I was a little nervous, mostly because I had no idea what I was supposed to talk about. Afterwards, my biggest criticism came from Sophia and it was less about the content, then it was about my speech. She absolutely HATES when I go “ummm…like…,” thinking it’s just one notch above ape-language in the world of communication. Combined with my fast-talking, Noo Yawk accent, I’m probably not going to get a career in radio anytime soon.
But I probably should work on that “ummm…like…” speech. Any suggestions? Maybe there’s some sort of “My Fair Lady”-type elocution class at UCLA?
“The rain in spain falls mainly on Erica Kane.”
I woke up early to listen to the beginning of the online broadcast to get a sense of David Burd’s Washington Post Radio show. 4 AM in LA! I broke out in a sweat when I heard him say, “Later we’re going to speak to Neil Kramer in LA about why he chose Mel Gibson as his Citizen of the Month.”
Huh? I never said that! Is he calling me thinking I am a supporter of Mel Gibson? Of course, I immediately woke Sophia up, who was not very happy (we were at a wedding last night until late).
“I need to come up with some line to explain why Mel Gibson is my Citizen of the Month!” I spouted.
Sophia threw the alarm clock at me, but, as always, came through at the last moment with a great opening line.
I tried to download the online broadcast, but I screwed up. I only captured the first minute. I wrote to the show to see if they can send me a copy of my spot. Let’s see if they actually will…
You can hear that little piece of my interview about Mel Gibson here. (link)
All and all, I did pretty good, but I think I should stick to ummm… like… writing.
A Year Ago on Citizen of the Month: And the Winner is… Boules!