Hello Dear Reader
A few days ago I had a request from members of my archery club to attend an event with one of my fellow archers. Now, I am no stranger to taking part in competitions or arranging county training sessions, as I did in the past. This request was an unexpected one. Stafford archers had been asked along to the Sports Sandwich on Stafford FM.
Like millions of others, I listen to the radio daily, in the morning, in my car for whatever I need. The presenters always appear very relaxed, at ease, almost ‘at home’ with how they tackle this form of communication. I agreed to go along as support as it was put to me, thinking I would say very little. Naturally I was curious, one might be about how you may sound, how you would react to being in this very same place.
My colleague and myself, arranged to meet outside the station offices and to consider what we had to say. After all, this was just promoting our archery club. This was my first time on the radio I had no idea what to expect. I imagined various situations but could not settle on anything. My best thought was to like this to an interview for a job. You face questions, you give answers, you walk away wondering why you said Fred.
I could not have been more poles apart. We were greeted by friendly presenters all of whom understood what we were thinking. The ‘interview’ would be more a chat, as though we were socializing. That put me at ease a little and yet made me think more.
There is a scene in a famous (well to me famous) film with James Garner and Doris Day – The Thrill of it all. The scene has Garner making a phone call hoping to speak to his wife. However, his young son picks up the phone and answers the questions with either a nod or shake of his head. It is clear the young son thinks his father see’s his answers. It is very funny. The point being, I had the same thought. What if I answered with a nod and not a word. We have all done it when someone asks you a simple yes/no question.
There was also another odd thing. No matter who asked you the question, you had to keep looking forward and not turn to answer the person. It was not rude as if you spoke away from the mic, you created dead air. Two simple things to keep in mind. I ran through a list of things to say. Of course that disappeared the moment I started to talk. Trying to explain on the radio how shoot a recurve bow is really difficult. I had to concentrate on not lifting my arms and doing the motions. But it was fun. It was relaxing once you allowed yourself to relax. My colleague did very well, as we answered questions in turn. We had no idea who was listening.
Just as, for me anyway, I felt the most relaxed, it was over. We had our photo taken with one of the presenters and that was that. My first time on radio. Secretly, now I reflect on things, would I do it again? Yes and maybe more.
I must thank the presenters of The Sports Sandwich on Stafford FM they were brilliant and my fellow archer Natasha who did a wonderful job.
Tagline: ‘Where is that mic?’