So, earlier today I was on a LIVE radio show, talking about insects. I know that nothing shouts “FCC Lawsuit” louder than me on live radio, but it went fairly well, and probably no obscenity charges will be filed.
When I agreed to go on the show, I quickly glanced at their home page, and they were a company I recognized in biocontrol. It wasn’t until later that I realized that their show was part of the Genesis Communications Network. That…made me worry a little.
But I figured I was there to talk about gardening and insects, so it would be ok. And then the show started…with a commercial for Colloidal Silver. Oh dear.
So, I was sitting there waiting for the news break/commercials to end, and trying to decide what to do. And I figured that the interviewer had no control over the commercials, and the audience didn’t want to hear a bug person talk about a medical issue, so I let it ride. And, I was a guest on the show, and guests don’t start off by saying “BTW, the folks that pay your bills are full of shit.” I was a bit rattled, which you can hear in an above average “uh” and “er” rate in a rather sub-standard interview performance. (Also possibly prompted by the concealed-carry gun advertising. Not sure what that was about, unless they thought that since plants had pistils, gardeners needed them too.)
I did directly address the claim of a garlic pill commercial that claimed to repel mosquitoes during the show, and I did get my main message across, that there were cool free resources for gardeners and farmers that would help them promote pollinating insects. I also fired my agent.*
What would you have done? Would you have handled it differently?
* I don’t actually have an agent. I just have millions of insect minions. In fact, they are pooping in your sugar bowl right now. Sorry.