In case you hadn't heard, this Friday's Aerial View will be the last ever. Long story short: my job's gone full-time and I'm no longer free on Friday evenings. Since I announced this four weeks ago, listeners have been sending me words of praise and regret... and a TON of questions:
Q: Chris T., I love Aerial View! Isn't there ANYTHING that can be done so you can keep your show?
A: I've tried, BELIEVE me, to reach an accommodation. No dice. Which is the epitome of because I work for a public radio company.
Q: You're kidding! You work for a public radio company and they won't arrange some way for you to keep doing radio?!
A: No, I'm not kidding. It's led to a great deal of on my part. But that's another story...
Q: What about doing another timeslot, somewhere else on the schedule?
A: The idea fills me with , unfortunately. If you notice, the majority of one hour shows on WFMU occur between 6 - 8 PM, Mon - Fri. I've always envisioned Aerial View as a weekday show in “drive-time” and I'm not sure it would work in some other spot.
Q: What about doing a “regular” show, like a 3-hour show?
A: Sorry, no. I have a total for the idea. I've always said this as half a joke but it turns out to be true: I HATE pulling records out and putting them away! Plus, I like doing only an hour: it's harder to wear out your welcome.
Q: Will you stay at WFMU in some capacity?
A: My desperate will keep me involved with the station for years to come, I'm sure. The plan, as of right now, is to do a podcast.
Q: A podcast? Will it be a phone-in talkshow podcast or something?
A: The whole idea has brought on my famous because I can't honestly say right now. The technology's such that it's certainly possible to do a phone-in podcast. But I've yet to work out the details - so, for the time being, any podcast I attempt will probably not have a call-in component.
Q: Will it be called “Aerial View: The Podcast” or another name?
A: Truth be told, I've been experiencing a lot of over this. Sure, “Aerial View” has name recognition. But maybe it's time to let go of it and try something new, like “Chris T.'s Cursing Like A Sailor” or “Snowball in Hell” or “Chris T. Mess”. What do you think?
Q: Me?! Suddenly I'm flush with at the thought of expressing my opinion!
A: Don't be anxious. Just e-mail me or leave a comment here and vote: do I retire the name Aerial View... or carry it into cyberspace?
Q: Chris T., how can we possibly show our love for all the great shows you've done over the years?
A: Unless you want to engender my , you'll pledge to our Marathon during the last ever Aerial View broadcast, this Friday, March 18.
Q: Thanks, I will!
A: No, thank you!