Radio Silence

For those of you here in Ktown who tuned in to Star 102.1 at 8:30 this morning to hear me speak too quickly in super-long, run-on sentences on the Marc, Kim, and Frank show, all you actually heard was…

nothing.

As I turned onto their street, their broadcast (which I had been listening to on my way in) went dead.

Hmmm. That’s odd, I thought. Maybe there’s no signal when you get too close?

As I walked into the room adjacent to the studio, I was surprised to see Kim pop her head above a cubical wall, flashing me an infectious smile.

“Hey, there. We’re not on the air.”

“Well, I’d assume not,” I said. “I wouldn’t think you’d broadcast my arrival.”

“No. I mean we’re actually off the air! None of our listeners can hear us right now.”

So much for the too-close-to-get a signal theory.

Guess what happened?

A. One of those annoying emergency-broadcast-system tests went horribly awry.
B. I was so convinced that I’d make a fool of myself, I deployed Macgyver-type skills to intentionally sabotage the broadcast to salvage my (not-so-good) reputation.
C. Their transmitter went down.

Give up?

It was C. Their transmitter went down.

Kim felt horrible given that part of the reason she wanted to have me on this very day was to pimp my book signing, which is tonight. She couldn’t have been any sweeter or more fun to talk to (we chatted for about ten minutes)–and I knew that’d be the case. She stops by my blog from time to time, and I tune into her during my commute. We also go back and forth on twitter a bit, so we’ve developed a pretty good rapport. She’s just as great in person as she is on the radio or on the internet. Big fan.

Anyway, the bad news is that I wasn’t able to spread the word about my 6:00 pm book signing tonight at Carpe Librum. (Please come by!) The good news is that they’re gonna have me back in the next coupla weeks or so.

Geez. The transmitter goes down during one of the most-listened-to, morning radio shows in town mere moments before I’m about to go on. What are the odds?

Probably about the same as having triplets!


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  • Patrick (yeah, that one)

    -grin- Well, um, wow. If it was me in your shoes, I’d be calling Carpe Librum every five minutes for the rest of the day to make sure that A) The store hadn’t burned down, B) they actually had my books in stock, and/or C) they still had me scheduled to be there. But I’m paranoid. :-p

    Looking forward to seeing you tonight, if only a glimpse from a distance through your crowd of admirers and/or children. :-)

  • Patrick (yeah, that one)

    -grin- Well, um, wow. If it was me in your shoes, I’d be calling Carpe Librum every five minutes for the rest of the day to make sure that A) The store hadn’t burned down, B) they actually had my books in stock, and/or C) they still had me scheduled to be there. But I’m paranoid. :-p

    Looking forward to seeing you tonight, if only a glimpse from a distance through your crowd of admirers and/or children. :-)

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    Oh No! This is definitely one of those ‘it can only happen to me moments’.

    It makes for a great story to tell, though.

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    Oh No! This is definitely one of those ‘it can only happen to me moments’.

    It makes for a great story to tell, though.

  • http://ifmomsaysok.wordpress.com Tara R.

    What terrible luck. Maybe your magnetism was just too much for their transmitter… it’s a good story.

    Good luck at the book signing.

  • http://ifmomsaysok.wordpress.com Tara R.

    What terrible luck. Maybe your magnetism was just too much for their transmitter… it’s a good story.

    Good luck at the book signing.

  • http://mottmultiples.blogspot.com Heather Mott

    I found you via networked blogs and I love your header, pictures and your style..I will be back to read more.

    Heather

  • http://mottmultiples.blogspot.com Heather Mott

    I found you via networked blogs and I love your header, pictures and your style..I will be back to read more.

    Heather

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    That is a story for the sequel to the book. Better get cracking on that now while the memory is fresh.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      no sequels here, pal. this is the first and last book i will ever write about my family. i am beginning another one in august, though. fiction this time.

      props to your lakers.

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    That is a story for the sequel to the book. Better get cracking on that now while the memory is fresh.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      no sequels here, pal. this is the first and last book i will ever write about my family. i am beginning another one in august, though. fiction this time.

      props to your lakers.

  • http://www.almightydad.com Keith Wilcox

    That’s some bad luck, man. I thought for a second ‘so the transmitter broke off of the top of the building and came crashing to earth?’ Hmmm, probably not so drastic but with the same results :-)

  • http://www.almightydad.com Keith Wilcox

    That’s some bad luck, man. I thought for a second ‘so the transmitter broke off of the top of the building and came crashing to earth?’ Hmmm, probably not so drastic but with the same results :-)

  • http://www.irrationaldad.com Irrational Dad

    So that’s the story you’re giving to all the people that can’t verify it? Kidding, of course. Hopefully, you can set up another signing to coincide with the next time they try to get you on the air.

  • http://www.irrationaldad.com Irrational Dad

    So that’s the story you’re giving to all the people that can’t verify it? Kidding, of course. Hopefully, you can set up another signing to coincide with the next time they try to get you on the air.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Your luck was bound to balance out after your good fortune with the trips.

    Still waiting for the book to arrive so I can read it. Soon, hopefully.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Your luck was bound to balance out after your good fortune with the trips.

    Still waiting for the book to arrive so I can read it. Soon, hopefully.

  • http://lifeofanewdad.blogspot.com Otter321

    What luck you have. Hope you had better luck with the book signing.

  • http://lifeofanewdad.blogspot.com Otter321

    What luck you have. Hope you had better luck with the book signing.

  • http://www.dcurbandad.com DC Urban Dad

    Sorry that was me. I tripped over the cord.

  • http://www.dcurbandad.com DC Urban Dad

    Sorry that was me. I tripped over the cord.

  • http://Youthinkyoucanblog.wordpress.com Angelia Sims

    Now that’s some kind of power tripping! I’m so sorry to hear that you missed out. Maybe the next show will be even bigger and better. Hope the book signing went well! :-)

  • http://Youthinkyoucanblog.wordpress.com Angelia Sims

    Now that’s some kind of power tripping! I’m so sorry to hear that you missed out. Maybe the next show will be even bigger and better. Hope the book signing went well! :-)