I have a love/hate relationship with appearances on talk radio. I love the energy and spontaneity of radio, love the chance to interact with listeners, love to talk about the things I am passionate about, like C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, and creativity, and community.
On the other hand, not everyone who knows how to host a dynamic radio show knows what to do when a guest is in the studio.
Enter Joy Curry, host of the morning show at WETN, 88.1 FM and wetn.org. She's got a voice built for radio: lively, versatile, thoughtful, quick, sparkling. I talked with her on the air this morning, and she did everything right.
In setting things up, she kept in touch, answered messages promptly, gave sterling directions on where to meet and how to prepare.
When I arrived, she was warm and welcoming. She was ready to talk about my book, but even more, she had prepared music and introductory material that was beautiffully suited to the occasion and the topic.
On the air, she managed to walk that fine line between substantial content and light-hearted entertainment. And she made it all seem effortless. She was well-prepared and also open to new directions. She immediately found the heart of the topic and kept the conversation on track.
Hats off to Joy Curry and kudos to WETN. Folks in the Chicago area: you have a real jewel in your midst. I feel blessed to have been a small part of it.
Check it out: http://www.wheaton.edu/wetn/AMshow/morning.htm