I’ve been distracted by a very demanding new job for the past few weeks, but in the back of my head I’ve constantly been thinking about this cool Public Radio Talent Quest contest that a friend alerted me to. It’s like American Idol (sort of), only instead of discovering new singers the idea is to discover new public radio hosts. The winner gets a professionally produced public radio show — ideally, mine would be related to science and skepticism, of course.
Contestants go through rounds in which they have to complete certain tasks — round one’s objective was to simply introduce yourself in any way you see fit, in two minutes or less.
The contest organizers say they’re looking for a trait called “hostiness,” which is not a word but probably should be. After coming up with and discarding dozens of different ideas, it came down to me and a microphone about two hours before the deadline at midnight last night. I decided to use my two minutes to explore what aspect of “hostiness” I might offer, using (what else?) science.
So if you’re interested, you can listen to my entry here:
and vote for how many stars you think I’m worth (I recommend five, but I suppose you’re free to decide…). There are more than 1,000 entries and of those only ten winners advance to round two, so let’s just say I have a realistic outlook on my chances. But hey, you can’t win if you don’t play, right? It was so last minute I didn’t even get a chance to listen to the uploaded file, so I’m hoping it came through okay. If it did, and if you like it, please pass it around to your skeptical friends!