Wednesday June 16, 2010
For a good cause
My busy schedule notwithstanding, I do what I can to tune in to as many radio shows on
as I can.
Via the site's friendly
live chat room,
I've befriended numerous paranormal investigators, ghost hunters, and even demonologists.
On Wednesday nights is Frances Etienne and Bishop James Long's show
With my roommate out for the evening I was able to listen to the informative and frequently amusing show, tonight the two encouraging listeners to donate to the newly formed
formed mostly to assist a currently struggling Para-X member
(although I know for whom it is, like those in the know, the person's identity not generally circulated).
Taking an entertainment approach, James and Frances
(who generally riff on each other anyway),
and/or pretended to sing
My being a performer, some of the chat room folk began to urge me to call in and perform/sing, et al.
As show hosts can see what's going on the chat room
(and some hosts even during their own show will make text comments in the chat),
James and Frances began to strongly suggest I call in to sing.
It didn't take me but a few moments to figure why not, particularly considering I knew for whom the funds were being raised
(while I also contributed financially, still being a Starving Actor, I was only able to donate ten dollars to the cause at this time).
Frances and I went created a Private Message tab
(PM'ing, as we call it),
where she provided me with the number to call via Skype, and she indicated when I should call in, and cued me when.
I called in, unaware James had me on mute
(a function of which I was unaware, as no previous host of a show on which I'd been a guest had ever done so): Skype literally warned me it felt my mic was not working.
James introduced me and my mic was "working," and he explained about my being muted
(normally when I call in to a show via Skype, I simply remain silent and we Skype text-chat as to how long it'll be, etc.).
In the chat room I texted
May the gods have mercy on your ears...
as I prepared myself.
James introduced me and after a bit of small talk, I performed, as best I could on the fly, The Lord Chancellor's Song, the Gilbert and Sullivan patter song from Iolanthe.
Afterward, the two "admonished" me for not yet being a guest on their show.
I pointed out that I'd not yet ever really
Frances hurled me on the spot, immediately suggesting the third Wednesday of July
(on which for me to be a guest),
which I quickly looked up to be the 21st.
I agreed, and Frances indicated she'd email me with confirmation, information, et al.
I logged off Skype and went back to the live chat room to the accolades of those who were in there, as well as the disconcerting feed-delay that had me hearing myself at the end of my "appearance" on the show.
Checking back when the show's
June 16th edition
archived online podcast
it's at the 1:40 mark I come on live on-air
(I'm on for a hiccough over eight minutes and I'm off).