On day three of the media circus that followed the filing of I-831 — my initiative to officially proclaim Tim Eyman a “horse’s ass” — I found myself sitting in the KVI studio with John Carlson, debating Timmy over the phone. I was nervous. And a bit stunned. I’m not sure if John noticed, but I was even shaking a little.
But damn, it was fun.
I never much liked listening to commercial talk radio — too many breaks — but I sure had a great time doing it, and I walked out of John’s studio thinking that I’d sure love to have his job. You know… except for the part about being a right-wing partisan.
Well, I never did get John’s job, but it looks like I just got Turi Ryder’s. 710-KIRO’s management was pleased enough with my performance filling in the 7PM to 10PM slot this past Sunday, that they just gave me the show on a regular basis. I suppose it will be called “The David Goldstein Show” or something. Every Sunday from 7PM to 10PM.
Sorry, Turi. I feel bad getting my foot in the door at your expense. And thank you Turi, for teaching me my first radio biz lesson: never call in sick.
I would also like to sincerely thank KVI’s John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur for being nothing but gracious and courteous to me these past few years. They’re totally wrong on nearly all the issues, but they’ve always been fair and supportive both on and off the air. My frequent appearances on their shows not only gave me my taste for the medium, but helped prepare me for my opportunity when it finally came. That said, someday I hope to compete against one or the other in drive-time, and eat their audience.
Sincere thanks also go to the whole Podcasting Liberally crew, especially to Gavin and Richard for being so generous with both their time and their insanely impressive portable audio studio. The past few months of weekly podcasts have allowed me to grow comfortable in the role of host; when I finally got my shot on-air, it felt just like doing the podcast, only without the beer.
And finally a not quite as sincere thanks to our good friend Stefan Sharkansky. It is ironic to note that it was Stefan’s excerpt of Sandeep saying “fuck” on our podcast, and my subsequent defense of it on my new colleague Dori Monson’s show, that initially perked up the ears of KIRO management. Thank you Stefan for everything you have done to promote my career.