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Festival Crashers: The Radio Interview

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Posted by admin On October - 5 - 2008

~Z.T.~ We met this guy, Ed, at Rothbury who has a radio show on 88.3 FM, the Wizard, at Northeastern University. He invited us to come on his Sunday afternoon radio show. Why not?

We expected no listeners. I mean, who listens to college radio, ever, let alone during the Bears game? No one. Thankfully.

Getting there was a field day. Campus security let us into the building and told us to go downstairs. Expecting us to find the station based on those directions is like saying “meet me by the tent” at a festival without specifying what stage you’re at or what tent you mean at all.

What she should have said was “take the ramp through the corridor, down two flights of stairs, zig-zag around a corner, hop scotch, spin around three times and … yadda yadda it’s preposterously hard to find.”
I played Toots and the Maytalls’ “Pressure Drop” off this soundtrack, often considered the best soundtrack of all time.

So we make it in there, thanks to some theater dude, and it actually went well. We told some funny stories and Andy told the best version of his “I saw Neil Young get out of the elevator and all I could manage to say was ‘You’re Neil Young!'” story I’d ever heard.

The only problem is that all the good stories we told were off the air. It was comfortable and funny when we talked off-air while music played, but Ed shifted into awkward mode on the air, asking wide-open questions like “Do you have any good stories?” Uhh. Where do you start?

And the technical difficulties, my god, the technical difficulties. All four (if that) listeners were treated to several minutes of dead air because Ed couldn’t figure out how to play music in the same studio we did the interviews in. He couldn’t figure out how to play “Body Movin.'” Not to be a dick, but you’d think that playing music would be like the first thing you learn how to do when running a radio show.
Andy appropriately played The Beastie Boys, who headlined Langerado- our inaugural festival.

Aside from all that, it was a pretty good time. The station is incredible. Open since 1974, WZRD is one of the first and only free form radio stations, which means no commercials and you can play whatever you want as long as you don’t swear. The dungeon-like rooms house thousands and thousands of albums and the walls are plastered with old station posters and jokes.

Ed burned us a CD of the show, but I doubt that ever sees the light of day. Maybe we can extract the best two or three minutes and throw it on here. Oh, well.

1 Response

  1. WZRD Chicago, NEIU Said,

    News! WZRD is now under new management (ED’s term ended recently). A few wizards will be at rothbury again this year so maybe we’ll catch eachother–we’d love you try and have you over some other time and not throw you into a world of awkwardness!

    Posted on June 24th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

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