Ask your questions about online journalism; call-in show on Mountain Public Radio in Summit County will stream live on the web
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Long before there was Twitter, Facebook or even the internet, there was talk radio. You could even think of it as an early version of “social media,” with the host as a verbal blogger, and call-in guests making comments on the topic of the day.
There are some great things about radio. You can listen while you drive or while you’re in the shower or bathtub — try that with your iPad or laptop (although I’m sure it’s been done, at least the bath option).
So when Alpine Earth Center owner Jon Harrington called and asked if I would join him on Mountain Public Radio for his half-hour morning show this Saturday, Oct. 15, I said, “Sure, why not.”
Nominally, Jon’s show, From the Ground Up, is about gardening in the high country. Now, I enjoy throwing down a few sunflower seeds here and there, and I’ve been known to try my hand at cultivating veggies. Just this year, I think I may have set a new record for the world’s smallest tomato (see photo). But I’m not going to claim that I’m a gardening expert. Plus, it’s not really the right time of year for planting.
So what to talk about? After 10 months or so of doing Summit Voice, I think I’m starting get a sense of how to grow grassroots online community journalism. I still have a lot to learn, though, and I’m hoping that readers and Mountain Public Radio listeners will help teach me by calling in and suggesting stories, or just telling me that I’m a purveyor of “phony globalist propaganda,” as one reader suggested after reading my story about marmots are getting bigger because of global warming.
I’m happy to talk about any of that, or answer any questions you might have about online journalism.
Jon suggested the call-in format, which suits me just fine. Again, think of it as the verbal equivalent of social media. Instead of flaming someone with an anonymous online comment, you can actually tell them exactly what you think more or less in person, or least over the phone. And it can’t be deleted like a comment on a website.
I’m looking forward to it, and I’m hoping there are some Summit Voice readers out there who will take the time to call in with questions. I know it’s early on a Saturday morning, but give us a jingle at (970) 262-6772, at least to say hello. Tell your friends, too. I’m still trying to build readership at Summit Voice, your best source for timely, accurate, engaging and lively stories from Summit County and the rest of our great big world.
I’ll also be on Twitter while we’re talking, and I’d love to see some questions come in via that social media channel. That would help drive home some of my points about modern, socially engaged journalism, so don’t let me down, Twitter pals!
Once again, that 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time on Mountain Public Radio, 88.7 or 100.7 in Summit County, or streaming live on the web. Just go to the MPR home page and click on “Listen Live” at the top of the page. While you’re there, check out the rest of the cool programming here.