When I was a kid, I wanted to be on radio

What I was in third grade, my parents bought me on of those radio microphones, the ones where you could tune into a low-frequency dial on the radio and broadcast yourself over the airwaves. I used it to rap alongside  Ray Parker, Jr’s theme song to Ghostbusters.

Go ahead. You know you want to.

I already knew that I cannot sing, but I quickly discovered that I cannot rap, either — even by Ray Parker Jr. standards. If I wanted a career on the radio — and I loved radio — that left me with dj.

A few years later (sixth grade? seventh?), our local tv station in Texas was trying to horn in on the MTV market with a Saturday video show featuring teenage vjs, and I talked my parents into taking me to the mall so I can stand in line for the initial interviews. When I finally sat at the long paper-covered table with my sad little application in hand, the adult across the table asked me just one question: “Why do you want to be a vj?”

I said, “Well, I’ve always wanted to be on radio. And really, a vj is just a dj on camera, right?”

Just like that, I was dismissed.

But never give up on your dreams, kids! Because here I am, almost 25 years later, and I’m on the radio!

Screen shot 2013-12-10 at 5.55.09 PMLast night, Bud Smith — fiction editor at Red Fez — invited me on his Internet radio show, The Unknown Show at Literary Underground. I mentioned this last week, when Bud had on David McNamara of sunnyoutside press to talk about all their books (including mine!), so getting to come on as a follow-up this week was awesome enough all on its own. But you guys! I was on right after my writer friend Robert Vaughan, whom I’ve never actually met in real life but whose work I love and with whom I love interacting online.

It was almost as much fun listening to Robert while I was on hold for my turn (Robert managed to mention my writer friend Lidia Yuknavitch, too, and he managed to open up a hell of a segue into my section)!

And then my own conversation with Bud begins around the 85-minute mark. I wish my phone was clearer — I sound like I’m underwater — but hey, it was a great conversation, and I loved chatting with Bud about my chapbook (Box Cutters, from sunnyoutside press) and my forthcoming novel (Hagridden, from Columbus Press). And then I get to close with a reading from the chapbook.

If you want to listen to the show as a whole, you can find it online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theliteraryunderground/2013/12/18/the-unknown-show-w-bud-smith.

Huge thanks to Bud Smith for bringing me on, and I hope to do it again sometime. 🙂

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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