Tin can and string. . .

I’m sitting at my desk, at noon, skipping lunch and listening to Midday Matters.  It’s Friday and I never quite know what’s going to turn up on ArtCentric Friday.  It’s Julia Meek and Phil Shaull — so anything could happen.  Today it’s Stephen Parker, who writes a great blog Around Fort Wayne, talking about how he got started and about the discipline and art that goes into maintaining a good blog.  I’ll listen carefully!  We’re also celebrating the 99th Annual International Women’s Day with guest Carol Butler.  Our community is truly chocked full of interesting people who are so willing to share.  The studio is full this noon and that is exciting and energetic.  Love it.

Yesterday, Midday Matters was “on location” at the Home & Garden Show with Ricky Kemery.  What a good time. And we had a calller from Korea, seriously. 

But what I was really proud of yesterday was that we pulled together a remote live broadcast technically.  While commercial radio stations do this all the time (ALL the time!), it’s brand new for us and we’re not really equipped for remote broadcasts.  And right now, resources are limited here, to say the least, so the programming and news department just doesn’t have the option of coming into my office and saying, “We’ve got a great idea that will serve our audience well and we’d need to buy about $5000 worth of equipment to make it happen.” 

Well, they could do that, but I’d have to say – no matter how good the idea is – “Um, no.”

So instead they said, “We’ve got a great idea that will serve our audience well (and oh, by the way, will be lots of fun for us) and we’ll figure out how to make it work.”

Phil Shaull and Ricky Kemery: Midday Matters

That happens here every day.  Smart people figuring out how to do what they think should be done with what we already have.

It wasn’t quite a tin can and a string – in fact it was pretty darn impressive – but it wasn’t what most radio people would think you should have to do something new and different.  But Kevin Kreigh, Ed Didier, and Phil Shaull are not most people and I can’t begin to say how happy and proud I am that they are on the NE Indiana pub radio team.
I look forward to the time when things won’t be quite so tight and creative ideas won’t require quite so much tin foil and chewing gum to pull off.

Go, team.

Joan

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3 responses to “Tin can and string. . .

  1. mechanica2010

    Actually, I think using Skype to do a remote broadcast was a bit of inspired genius. And why not? A few weeks ago I was involved in a group conversation via Skype that involved six people and it worked out pretty well. The one problem we found was that the moderator’s computer was really taxed because of the way the Skype protocol works. Thus sometimes his audio would end up a bit garbled. I didn’t have a chance to listen in on Friday, but I don’t doubt with only the two connections being made that the quality was fine.

    Would there have been a better way to do this? Yeah… I can think of several ways of setting up a direct peer-to-peer audio connection without using an intermediary like Skype (and still being free). That would have given you better audio quality and more stability but Skype was a great idea for getting the job done quickly and without any fuss.

  2. I wasn’t able to listen yesterday — how did it work? Did you rent a satellite van?

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