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OK, I begged to be able to produce this story. KALW wanted to make sure that my first experience working with them went well and they worried that the Thanksgiving holiday did not allow enough time for me to produce a perfect completed piece. I asked them to let me do it on spec and it worked out!
I learned so much through piecing this segment together. Once again, I was advised to write my lede first so that the story keeps focus. I also learned finding the larger context for the piece.
There is one daring moment at the end of the segment. John Wilner, the director of the film festival felt that it got a little weird. He described it as "three ‘ degrees’ of recursive, self-referential media post-modernism — there’s the story, my reaction to the way the story would sound [which is quoted in the story itself], and then your comment in the story about my being worried about your using the quote. That’s probably a first for radio, and possibly any other medium…
But my editor was really excited about it and I think it breaks the fourth wall. What do you think?
Broadcast History: KALW’s Artery