The call went out. I sat down with Kathy and this missive went to the producers of my beloved 'BAI:
So there it was, everything stated simply and clearly.
With this reaching 300 (more or less) people, and it being an eventual benefit for this historic media outlet, one would expect at the very least some curiosity in the project.
But that is not the way of the people who claim space on the airwaves of Pacifica station WBAI in New York.
The beaten down mentality of the station dictates that most all of the programmers take from the station, use the airwaves to give out narrowcasts they believe serve their sliver of an audience.
Having fun or being together in unfamiliar surroundings scares the bejeebers out of them...truly a tragic situation.
But that is the reality of things at the beloved 'BAI.
For me, three personal revelations were buttressed that evening... Nothing i didn't know to my core already, but every once in a while it's good to be reminded.
One is that i am, really and truly, a grand master of the form of live AudioDrama. (To be expected with over ..... years of toil in the field)
Two is that people step up and go beyond when the adrenalin factor is in full effect. (We go live to air in ..... minutes.)
Three is: Cooperation is much better than cooptation, but most folks don't know the difference. (You fill in the ..... blank)
So let us end this posting
the entire New York AudioDrama experience with a response email i sent to Michael G. Haskings, the chief announcer for the beloved radio station.
On Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 1:06 PM, <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" target="_blank">email@example.com> wrote:
Hey Michael G.,
It's me T (from thePatterson's takingthetraintoTibet.)
Thanks so much for your kind words. I'll be writing something in my blog about the production...no doubt.
Just wanted to take this little time to let you know that i really appreciated everyone who took part.
I must note here that i've never, ever in all my time doing modern live AudioDrama (since 1987), never had a "bad" experience. The form as i've worked with it throughout the years never ceases to amaze me, in terms of it's flexible and down-right creative nature.
It was truly a grand accomplishment to have the blueprint written into a script by all the participants there, on the spot, and executed to such a level of "professionalism." Wow...wow...wow!
The thing that impressed me most about this particular production was the participants, each and everyone of us. It was truly magnificent to witness the amount of creativity from so many "normal," everyday people. As usual, a fun time was had by all...producers, staff, board member, random audience...the great musicians.
(And ya gotta love Graceon for working technical miracles...)
I have but two regrets; more station people did not show for this type of "arts therapy," and i didn't take a group photo at the end...i usually do, oh well.
Maybe another time when i can park myself at the station, things will be more fulfilling.
Peace of the World(s)...It was a real hoot!
Long Live AudioDrama