As I mentioned last Friday, I spent most of the morning preparing for a radio interview with NPR (National Public Radio) affiliate KLCC 89.7 FM. Because this was my first radio interview that didn’t include screaming with thousands of other people in a basketball stadium, I wanted it to go well. And because of my inexperience, I spent too much of that time deciding what to wear. Fortunately for me, Music, Arts and Culture host Eric Alan realized this and, as only a true professional can do, calmed my nerves by telling me I wasn’t Suzy Bogguss.
Or more specifically, that he had just finished interviewing the famed country/blue grass singer, and she was already sounding a lot funnier than me.
Okay fine, he didn’t say that exactly, but he did interview Suzy Bogguss, who he described as “delightful,” “engaging” and “unwilling to give me her phone number.”
Which is why, when Eric called to begin our phone-in interview, I answered, “Good morning, Suzy speaking…”
Because Eric had a moment of hesitation despite the fact that I hadn’t bothered to disguise my voice, it suggested:
1) That I naturally sound like a woman
2) Eric would actually be thinking about Suzy Bogguss throughout our interview
3) I was overthinking this whole thing
Though the interview won’t air until later this morning, it’s already available on KLCC’s website here. Take a listen and decide for yourself if I sound like a woman…