“Breaking Into TV News” Breaks Onto KXJZ, Capital Public Radio with Beth Ruyak
A few weeks ago I’d written to the program suggesting myself as a guest to discuss the new book Breaking Into TV News How To Get A Job & Excel As A TV Reporter-Photographer as well as my pal Anthony D’Juan, who played DuBois in Nightbeats, and his play 3 that was being performed at The Artisan Theatre with Danielle Mone Truitt.
Yesterday afternoon I was in the new Sunflower Market checkout line and checking my e-mail on my Android and got this note, which had only been sent moments before, from Jennifer Picard, Senior Producer of “Insight”: “We would like to talk with you about your book. I realize this is pretty last minute, but I just had two cancellations in tomorrow’s program and wondered if you might be available to join us in the studio between 10 and 11 a.m.?”
Would I want to be on their show??? I immediately wrote back that the timing couldn’t have been more perfect because I was on vacation and was completely free. (I knew there had to be a reason why I’d taken this week off.)
Beth Ruyak is a person I’ve heard about ever since I moved to Sacramento (uncountable years ago) but have never crossed paths. She’d been an anchor with KCRA, gone onto the networks and spent some time on ABC’s Good Morning America, and covered several Olympics.
A few minutes before the show Beth popped into the green room to introduce herself and said, “You’re going to be the easiest interview I’ve ever had. We’re just going to have a chat.”
A few minutes later the chat began, which you can listen to here. The time raced by. Beth was a great host and made me feel completely at home.
I’m always concerned about doing a good job on these live type of interviews, as when I was on Carl Olson’s Digital Convergence Podcast and with Adrienne Bankert on KCRA a few weeks ago. I think about all the types of things that I feel are important to get across to the audience and what a good opening line or two would be to get the ball rolling. Of course, being the guest you are completely in the hands of the program host. As much as possible, once the interview begins, you have to just let it all (or most of that) fall away and just go with the flow of the conversation and be a good guest. Just as with being invited into someone’s home, you want to be the kind of person who will be invited back sometime down the road in the future.
And Jennifer was so kind to have written back to me and cheerfully welcomed me into the program. The whole experience couldn’t have been a nicer way to spend a Tuesday morning on vacation.
Also interviewed on the program were director-playwright Charlotte Higgins and actor Linda Nalbandian (who I instantly recognized from her role in friend and filmmaker Sarah Kreutz’s movie Elsa Letterseed) about their one-woman show Alabama Bound, playing at the Geery Theater, 2130 L Street in Sacramento, this weekend.
To listen to and/or download their interview click here.
Thank you to everyone for being so welcoming. And to Linda and Charlotte, break a leg this weekend!