Hot Air: A Year Of Big Talk!

Okay, so I’m losing my mind.

I forgot to mention in today’s primary post that today marks a year since Big Talk premiered as a stand-alone, half-hour program on WFHB, 91.3 FM. (To be perfectly accurate, the actual anniversary would be tomorrow as the first long-form BT aired Thursday, January 4th, 2018.)

Big Talk ran sporadically and then regularly as an eight-minute feature on WFHB’s Daily Local News under the aegis of former news director Joe Crawford. The very first Big Talk feature aired January 9th, 2014 with my guest, cartoonist Nate Powell, co-author with Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and Andrew Aydin of the graphic novel trilogy, March. After Joe left the station, I worked with his successor, current news chief Wes Martin, to turn this thing into an honest-to-gosh program. Boss Wes shepherded Big Talk through the station’s approval process until we were able to put the first episode out in the universe. He’s helped me refine this thing and has been as supportive as can be.

Adrian Matejka [Image: Michelle Litvin]

My guest for the first stand-alone show a year ago was the then-newly named Indiana poet laureate Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke, finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. To celebrate a first-year’s-worth of weekly shows, I’m re-running the Matejka interview today at 5:30pm.

I hope you’ll join me today or at any time online as every Big Talk is available as a podcast on the ‘FHB website. Here’s the original Matejka interview podcast link. And, as always, I’m eager to hear your suggestions for future Big Talk guests.

Thanks for listening!

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