It was a little before 8 a.m. when I got a text from my editor, telling me she forgot to let me know I was supposed to do a radio spot for the newspaper. Our annual Rhododendron Festival is coming up this weekend (Yes, you’re all invited!) and our newspaper is a premier sponsor of the festival.
Me: [What time?]
Editor: [Be at radio station in 15 minutes]
The last time the newspaper asked me to do a radio spot was about five years ago. That’s when I introduced the slogan:
Siuslaw News: Your Source for Local News. Twice Weekly. Unless We Lose Count…
They haven’t let me near a mic since then.
Naturally, I was suprised to find out they wanted me to give it another shot. As I drove to the radio station, I began to wonder if I’d been informed at the last minute ON PURPOSE!
“Catch him off guard and he won’t have time to say something stupid or embarrassing,” I could hear my editor say.
HA! Don’t they know by now I can say something stupid at any time?
When I got to the station, KCST 106.9 FM, I was told there was no script. “Just have fun with it,” the technician told me.
So I did.
I’d like to preface this by explaining that Florence was voted the best place to retire in the U.S. by AARP about five years ago. As a result, we had a population explosion of sorts as retirees flocked here. Thankfully, there’s been a lot of “turnover,” so even though the exodus continues we have reached a point of equalibrium, i.e., we have “stabilized” (a word used often around here) with about 45 percent of the population age 55 and older. I’d also like to say the last part of this was only meant for the studio and NOT for the airwaves. It was early and I still hadn’t had my coffee yet.
Plus I got stuck behind an elderly driver all the way through town…
Needless to say, this will likely be my final radio spot for Siuslaw News. And by that, I mean because I will probably be run over by a retiree at some point during the festival.