Is this for real? 1 minute to airing of the first radio show dedicated to running and, as I climbed up on the stool in the DJ booth of NU 107, I still couldn’t believe I had accepted this job as DJ along with good friend and fellow running blogger, Jay Nacino (Prometheus Cometh).
30 minutes prior to the airing, Jay and I were chatting our jitters away at 7-11, which was a short walk from the radio station. We talked about the oh-so controversial Globe race, the slew of marathons set for October, and family drivers (how did that get in there?) and, for a minute, I thought we should have saved all our stories for the live show instead! At that time, our producer, Marga Deona (The Changeling Child), the woman behind Run Radio, was frantically weaving her way through Edsa traffic. When Marga arrived around 15 minutes before airing, all things turned serious. We received a short briefing and started jotting down notes hurriedly. Marga entered the booth to set up the music and Jay and I were left at the lobby, staring at each other as if we were at the starting line of the biggest race in our lives.
Jay told me he was going to say a short prayer, then turned his back on me facing the life-size mock ups of Adam Clayton and Bono of U2. I said a short prayer and asked for guidance as well, asking God to “please keep me from saying anything stupid.” When Jay faced me, I asked him “Did you ask for guidance from the gods of U2?” I thought they would definitely be able to help us in this kind of situation.
So, there we were, seated at the DJ booth, watching the DJ countdown from 5…4…3…2…and 1. He points to me and I nervously utter the words: “Welcome to Run Radio, the first run radio show for running…”
We were live for one full hour. We only had an outline in our hands, so the show was not scripted at all. We discussed future segments of the shows, read ads, introduced powersongs, interviewed our Nike 5k Challenger, and gave our very best in our first attempt at being disc jokeys.
Much to my amazement, time flew by quickly. Before we knew it, the one hour was over. I didn’t realize it would be so much fun! Being our first show, I’d have to admit there’s still a lot of room for improvement, but I’m pretty confident the show will improve and have its own personality in the weeks to come.
Don’t forget to tune in next week!
Run Radio on NU 107 every Friday, 9 to 10pm
Podcast available here three days after each airing.
If you heard us last night, let us know what you think. Feel free to send in your comments—the good, the bad, and the ugly. I told my producer that I gotta hear the truth so that I can work on my weaker points. Be nice though…hahaha.
* Thanks to Vimz for some of the photos.