Friday, April 20, 2007

Your Blogress On The Radio

Well, my phone-sex story got BoingBoinged and Farked yesterday, thus catapulting me overnight from perfect obscurity to Z-list blogosphere celebrity status. (And I've accomplished absolutely nothing these past 24 hours, save doing vanity searches of blogs and Websites. Sad.)

On Monday I'm supposed to do a radio interview with a local morning show; it's scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. According to the program manager, or whoever it was I spoke to, it'll be streamed live; if you're interested, you can check their Website here.

And if any of you know how to record a copy of my interview, to send to me, I'd be very appreciative.

I suspect I'm going to HATE how I sound. Like all people, when I hear my own self speak my voice resonates through my skull and sounds much richer and deeper than it is. I'd always thought I spoke with a nice sexy contralto voice, until I heard the recording I made for the phone-sex line and was horrified to discover I'd apparently inhaled a blimpful of helium without realizing it.

I also suspect they're going to ask me to do The Voice, which is why the over-the-phone interview will not take place at my desk, which is in a noisy, crowded newsroom, but at my boss' desk, located in an office with a shuttable door.

EDIT: Check out the comments thread, where Ron Hardin was good enough to post a link to a recording he made of the interview. I think I generally sounded all right, even though I stumbled over a few sentences. "Less ickier?" Hmmph--and me a holder of two English degrees.

Too early in the morning. That's my excuse.


Anonymous smartass sob said...

I also suspect they're going to ask me to do The Voice, which is why the over-the-phone interview will not take place at my desk, which is in a noisy, crowded newsroom, but at my boss' desk, which is in an office with a shuttable door.

Uh...perhaps you should leave the door open, Jennifer, - unless it's a sound-proofed room and you're certain no one on the outside could hear you. ;-)

Also, remember to speak from the diaphram - the pit of your stomach. It will add strength to your voice.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

BTW aren't you proud of me? I've learned to use a few HTML tags and the first successful time was on your blog here. I've come a long way since...oh never mind.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous NoStar said...

smartass sob,

What if she doesn't use a diaphram?
Oh boy, I just realized if Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura character had been female, Pet Detective would have gotten an R rating at the very least.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

Oh hell, I forgot - congrats on achieving celeb status, Jennifer!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

What if she doesn't use a diaphram?

Hmm. A distinct touch, nostar.

1:51 PM  
Blogger mysterr said...

Sing from the diaphragm? It would take *years* to learn how to do that! (apologies to Steve Martin)

3:18 PM  
Blogger mysterr said...

As for recording a streaming program, it can be easily done with a number of programs, including Total Recorder and Replay.

I am looking forward to hearing your interview. Good luck!

3:19 PM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

What if she doesn't use a diaphram?

Sing from the diaphragm?

I looked for it in an online dictionary and diaphragm is the only spelling listed, so I'd guess that it is correct. However, I found eighty hits for the former spelling on Ebay, so I'm not the only one who spells it wrong.
That's a good thing. It wouldn't do to stand out - someone might think I'm a "loner" or something. That's getting to be a more and more dangerous classification these days.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

I admit to no small degree of curiosity as to what Jennifer actually sounds like, though not so concerned about the diaphram singing.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I'm a tad nervous; from what I hear the guy's one of those asshole-type shock jocks. But I figure, I'm going in there assuming he's going to riff on me for being fired from a phone sex line after only one night (which is eminently riffable, of course), so as long as I don't take myself too seriously I should be fine.

I really am going to hate my voice, though.

I don't know of anybody who can record this for me, though. That stinks. I'll never be able to hear my own interview!

P.S. to Smartass: yes, I like to think of this blog as a place where we can all Learn, Share and Grow.

Oh, hell, did I just type that?

7:20 PM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

Smartass-Watch out for the spelling nazi, I done been hit a few times here.

Jennifer-I can try to see if I can record it. Don't know as my schedule is rather hard to predict. I'd have to spend the money to buy a program though.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh, no, Moose! I don't want you spending any money; my request was directed more towards those who already have such a program.

9:02 PM  
Blogger rhhardin said...

Imus talked to one of the west coast affiliates traffic ladies occasionally, and she earned extra income as a phone sex worker, oh about a decade ago. I don't remember much about it except one of her customers liked farts, so she did a couple demo's for Imus.

A better Imus deal was a spontaneous on-the-street interview of a stripper, who turned out to be a Columbia International Political Studies student, so Imus directed every question to what was happening in the Middle East. Sort of a meta-joke, where Imus doesn't mention the sex sitting right in front of everybody, for the five minutes it took.

It all depends on getting a good interviewer, in other words. You can't predict it.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

Ok, I'm signed in and streaming it, with 12 min to spare. Can't know how to record it...but perhaps can figure that out in a min.

6:17 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Okay, how did I sound? I know I stumbled over a couple of sentences.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

The guy from the show e-mailed me an MP3 recording! I'll have to talk to my IT guy and figure out how to put it online and link to it.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

You sounded fine to me. I was prepared for some sort of squeaky,"little people" voice, ala your earlier remark about inhaling helium. But not a bit of it - your voice is perfectly normal and atually rather pleasant to listen to. As for your performance - that too, seemed very professional. You sounded calm and conversational - very poised. Well done, Jennifer!

6:58 AM  
Blogger rhhardin said...

There's a streaming real audio version here and the actual half megabyte real audio file here (which you can save by right clicking with SAVE AS)

A mere half megabyte, which would be its only advantage over your mp3. Nice of the station to send you it, by the way.

I myself was cruising the AM band looking for a replacement for Imus. God, what drek is out there. Everybody is a fat pantload with a single act. Anyway it left me free to record this.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous smartass sob said...

Aw crap! I just now realized...they didn't ask you to do "The Voice".

8:03 AM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

RH-You just need to go to sat radio. I gave up on broadcast about two and a half years ago, for the same reason.

Jennifer-I didn't listen to the whole thing, someone came by, but what little I heard of your voice sounded fine. Will relisten when I have a chance thanks to RH.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Lucky for me they didn't, Smartass. It was too damned early for me to be even sparkly, let alone sexy--it would've ended in tears.

That was fun, though. I'll admit that beforehand I felt nervous and wished I hadn't agreed to do it, but after I said 'hi' to the DJ and he made that remark about my voice being up to par for the position I knew he was going to be cool, not rude.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous A Moose said...

it would've ended in tears.

I won't ask whose, just in case you'd be on one of them dominatrix lines in the morning ;)

You did fine. Had I not read, I wouldn't have even picked up on the "more ickier" comment.

I find it interesting that phone sex workers wrote you. I guess they're sticking up for their..uh.."profession".

2:56 AM  
Blogger Anne O'Neimaus said...

Congrats on becoming a "known entity" in the blogosphere, Jennifer. I have no sound at work, so I'll have to wait until I get home to listen to your interview.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Anne O'Neimaus said...

You sounded fine, Jennifer. Poised, well-spoken, intelligent and thoughtful, not too flippant, and not too prudish. Assuming no studio tricks were used, I'd say you have a nice speaking-voice, too.

8:09 PM  

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