- It was a Leap Year, and I was living in Dallas. My senior year in high school. And the radio station I favored decided that since they don’t get paid any more for February 28th, they’d turn over the microphone to guest DJs for the day. Except you had to be eighteen years old to qualify, and I was just a few days away from my 18th birthday.
Missed it by that much.
But it was enough to intrigue me, this notion of radio. The idea of being on the air, not so much for the attention, but for the enjoyment of being able to entertain and inform people. I’ve never been one to crave the spotlight (even now, I frequently get told I should toot my horn a little more than I do), but the idea of radio was interesting enough that I looked into it as a hobby when I went to college.
That was the beginning — the hobby turned into a full-blown bug bite. I was taken under the wing of “Bret Maverick” and shown how to produce, and that’s where my enjoyment blossomed into a need to do this media thing as a career. And while it’s taken several turns, lots of starts and stops, lots of detours and dead ends, there’s always been some aspect of it that’s been fun.
Since my early college days, my journey in media studies has gone into motion pictures, television, advertising, and online journalism. Here we are now, and the circle is now complete, as I step into the studio to broadcast Live From the Bunker.
You haven’t heard it yet? That’s OK. We archive the past shows. Live From the Bunker is our foray into internet radio — right now just dipping our toes in — with a show that gives us a chance to get more immediate with the news of the day — casting news, rumors, gossip, and the occasional interview will be common fare on the show, and I’m sure other members of the team will take an opportunity to share their thoughts, too.
Live From the Bunker gets me back to my roots in radio, and I find that it’s something I’ve missed quite a bit without even knowing it. There’s an immediacy to it that we don’t get with the podcasts, and it also gives you a chance to interact with us — via chat widget or call-in number. Don’t be shy. But don’t be rude, either. We don’t have the seven-second delay feature. 😉
Being a “late night talk show”, we’ve also incorporated the house band — and we currently have three: saxophone virtuoso Todd Oxford, beach vibe rockers The Sub-Vectors, and “antique pop” duo Victor and Penny. Because what’s a late night talk show without the band?
Now, for those of you convention travelers, we also have a unique feature on Thursday night — the Convention Weather Watch. Taking our master list of conventions and events (which continues to grow), our chief meteorologist (for real) Bryan Busby brings you a forecast for every city hosting a convention. So you can plan your wardrobe, your cosplay, your shoes… to my knowledge, no one else does that.
It’s part of our on-going effort to bring you unique and useful content here at SciFi4Me. Content you can enjoy. Content you can help create. Content you can share. And we hope you’ll stick around for more, because after five years on the web, we’re just getting started with the good stuff…
LIVE FROM THE BUNKER
Mon – Thu 10:30 – 11 pm Central US (GMT -6)