Monday, August 12, 2002
So I did Minneapolis Public Radio's All Things Considered this afternoon, interviewed by Euan Kerr... it's been broadcast, I'm afraid. Not sure if you can listen to it on their website. And yes, I should have warned people (would have, too, if the journal had been working before I left the house).

I was asked if I could give some details on the "radio tour" tomorrow -- so here, cut and pasted and retyped from a Word Doc with tables (so any goofs in this are probably mine) are the details:

All Times are Eastern US. Anything that says "tape" will be broadcast at another time -- could be ten minutes later, could be next week...

7.05 to 7.30 -- Talk News Radio Network, American Breakfast With Phil Paleologos

8.00 - 8.15 WAMC-FM NPR Northeast Public Radio with Joe Donahue (taped)

8.30 - 8.40 Cleveland WBKC-AM Top News/Talk with Clarence Bucaro

8.40 - 8.56 Syracuse WACK-AM #1 News/ Talk

9.05 - 9.14 KBEM-FM NPR Minneapolis with Ed Jones (tape)

9:15-9:24 USA Radio Network with Al & Richard

9:30-9:39 Greenville/ Spartanburg WMYI-FM with Roxanne, Bill & Howard

9:40-9:49 Portland KXL-AM #1 News/Talk with Doug Carter(tape)

9:50-9:59 DetroitWJLB-FM with Lee Anthony (tape)

10-10:09 Colorado Springs KCMN-AM Tron Simpson

10:10-10:19 Monmouth/ Ocean Counties, NJ WOBM-FM Lisa and Sean (tape)

10:20-10:29 Sacramento KAHI-AM with David Rosenthal

10:30-10:39 St. Louis KJCF-AM Amanda Doerner

10:45-10:59 National XM Satellite Radio Jennifer Taheri

11-11:14 Regional Powernomics Radio Network with Tom Pope

11:16-11:30 Indianapolis WBAA-FM NPR with Deborah Godwin (tape)

11:40-11:49 Nashville WZYX- AM Top Talk with Jeff Pennington

I've been amused and delighted by radio interviewers ever since one interviewed Terry Pratchett and me in New York in 1990. He pretended (like they almost all do) to have read the book, in this case GOOD OMENS, but he had not realised that the book was fiction, so was quizzing me and Terry intently about Agnes Nutter and her predictions "And you feel she was actually warning people against Betamax then?" while behind him, in the control room, his engineers lay on their backs, crying with laughter, and kicked their legs in the air (we could see them; he, facing us, couldn't).

Of course, radio interviewers don't have time to read every book, and many of them don't want to hurt the author's feelings. So they take three slips of paper and put them into the book, one near the beginning, one in the middle, and one towards the end, to indicate that they have marked their favourite bits.

(Euan Kerr is an exception, I should add. He not only reads my stuff, he's also a Flash Girls fan, and I was trying to persuade him to get NPR to send him to the World Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis in October.)

The author equivalent of the three pieces of paper trick, by the way, is the point where the person interviewing you hands you the book and asks you to sign it to him, or to her. And he or she has just interviewed you for 15 minutes, and you don't remember his or her name. But you don't want to admit that (especially because the radio interviewer, let's call him Dave, has been saying "You're listening to Neil Gaiman on Dave's Breakfast Show" every forty seconds, and you really ought to have been listening) so you frantically try to find something with the host's name written on it, or cast desperate glances at the publicist hoping she'll say "So, Dave, how long have you been doing Dave's Breakfast Show?", or if all else fails, just start to write your name in it and then feign a heart attack...