So, here I was all set to take my 6 week hiatus from the I Heart Radio “Yak About Tech” series when I get the call. “Was I willing to come in?” It seemed that as a great favor Wayne, my sometime producer, had put in a temporary three camera setup so when we went out via the social networks we can do so in video. One of the challenges of doing a radio/podcast on tech is that so much has to be seen to be understood.
With one days notice, it was too close to move up some of the future guests and interviews into the space and a little late to make the calls, so we decided to sit in the studio and wing it. We all agreed that we’d call it “The Great Experiment.” It was our way of explaining away the responsibility if it was total chaos.
It was certainly an eye opening experience. Although achieved brilliantly by Howard Stern years ago, the psychology of radio/podcast combined with video is an unusual mix. More than you would think. In radio, your relationship is with the “mic.” In video it is with the viewer.
Anyway, the dilemma here is about production. Having come from the theatre, television and advertising world, production matters or it doesn’t. We shot this as is. I was kind of embarrassed by everything from the way I was slouching to the difference in seating heights. It was an experiment after all, but my inner sense told me I needed “Tonight Show” production quality. My younger friends say that ruins it. What do you think.