I was scheduled to be interviewed at 3 pm on Radio Memphis, which is an internet radio station. It was started 2 years ago by a former DJ of a local radio station. Disenchanted by the industry, he set out to do things his way. In the following years, he has hired a full staff of disc jockeys, and has set up events with ties to record companies.
As a self published author, I really respect this approach to music. I believe the time has come to cut out the middle men who take large portions of money, without really doing anything to help us. Having met the owner of the station once or twice, I emailed him to ask if he would mention the book signing. Instead, he invited me to the station for an interview!
Ric Chetter and Vexar Dave were very hospitable, laid back, and fun guys to talk to. I was "on air" for about 15 minutes talking about writing, publishing, and the future of the industry. While the mic was off, we talked about the state of entertainment as a whole. I believe we have very similar views on the subject matter.
I realized earlier in the day that I had no idea what I was going to talk about while I was up there. So, I just pulled some anecdotes out of my ass, and made them laugh a few times. I took a few audience questions, and then signed books.
I knew most of the people at the signing, so it was kind of a surreal experience. I was sitting in front of a neighbors, coworkers, friends, and relatives talking about a book that I've babbled about forever to them. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and I sold almost all of the books that were ordered.