The Real Life Survival Guide Radio Show returns to the airwaves this afternoon, June 19, 2011, at 4:30 on WNPR.
The first big difference from season 1 (November 2007 – June 2008): I have a cohost!
His name is Duo Dickinson. He’s an architect, author, self proclaimed “swamp yankee” and committed family man. Duo is also much smarter than I am, and trust me when I tell you that this is high praise coming from me, the world’s greatest narcissist. He’s a natural performer, can turn a phrase with the best of them, and represents one of the great blessings of this endeavor.
I’ve known Du since we attended the same high school – The Park School of Buffalo – in the mid seventies. I clearly remember him ringing “the gong” (think ‘NBC chimes’, not Chuck Barris) in the school lunchroom to announce meetings of Park’s literary magazine, Wild Oats. Interestingly enough, in addition to such romantic pursuits Duo was an accomplished football player capable of delivering as much pain as any of Park’s would be poets.
Duo went on to Cornell, studied architecture, and eventually followed his mentor to Madison Connecticut. I went to Hobart, joined a fraternity, got into radio (among other things), and ended up doing morning shows in Buffalo, and later, New Haven. We reconnected at a Habitat for Humanity event a few years back, and the rest, as they say, is history…
The “Tools of the Trade” Have Changed
When I first met with John Dankosky to talk about bringing the show back, he urged me to treat the process as an opportunity to experiment – and that’s exactly what we did. The pilot was created using only a small, handheld digital audio recorder – the Edirol R-09 – and edited on an iMac using Apple’s Soundtrack Pro. This provided us with a great deal of creative freedom.
And Away We Go!
The first episode was recorded on June 9th, among the chipmunks in my backyard in New Haven, with a conversation about this new iteration of the guide. Duo’s suggestion was that we identify a “gang of provocateurs” to help us curate community requests for advice.
I hope you’ll follow along – and join the conversation if you feel urge!