KVMR recently published an article about how our various broadcasters are producing radio shows from home. We thought it would be nice to get a closer look at what some of these brilliant DJs have been going through to make this all happen.
Gary Wells Q & A (Host of Crooked Highway, Sundays, 7am-10am):
Q: Is this a first for you?
A: Yes! I’ve never recorded a radio show from home before, but I’ve created many in my head.
Q: Why did you want to produce your own show for KVMR?
A: I love radio! I hate missing my shows, so the idea of recording it from home is very exciting. And Crooked Highway has a lot of loyal listeners, so I figured they’d appreciate a fresh show.
Q: Did you find it easy, hard or both?
A: It’s easier in some ways, like not having to drive from Auburn (and I can have a cat on my lap and a fresh cup of coffee when I want one). Creating a show on a computer takes many more hours than hosting it live, and piecing it all together on a screen can get very tedious.
Q: What was the most difficult part?
A: It’s difficult not being able to make that live connection with the listeners– over the airwaves, on the phone or on the internet. I also miss the excitement of running to the KVMR music library to grab a great song that comes to mind or when one is requested.
Q: How did you feel when you heard it on the radio or heard your final product?
A: I felt good about the overall quality of the show. I did cringe a few times listening to myself talk.
Q: How has the coronavirus affected your radio work?
A: Other than missing physically being at the station, I really feel for the musicians who are struggling to make a living without the ability to perform for an audience. It’s weird to promote someone’s live stream on the internet rather than a gig they have locally.
Q: Do you feel more knowledgeable now that you’ve had this experience? If so, how? If not, why not?
A: I feel like this may open the door to trying other things at home for my radio show, like recording interviews or putting different types of segments together, but nothing can replace being live on the air at KVMR headquarters.
Q: What stood out for you in the experience?
A: It’s been really great hearing the positive feedback from listeners who say my shows sound good. I’ve had a lot of fellow broadcasters ask, “How did you do that?”