My KDWB studio visit
My parents had to work so my Aunt had to bring me. We get to the studio building and I get in the elevator and realize that Justin Bieber probably rode this elevator. I feel really special. We get off the elevator and the Clear Channel(KDWB) desk is just to the right of us, I am extremely nervous at this point and when I tell my Aunt that I just want to wait for a few moments, another man who I believe was, but I can't confirm, the KDWB station director asks me, "Who are you looking for?". I tell him Steve-O and he replies, "Steve-O? That criminal? Come follow me.". I follow him up to the desk to the receptionist. After waiting in the waiting room for a half hour(which was great because it calmed my nerves), Intern Tom brought me to the elevator and brought me up to floor 5, where the studio was. I got there and I was instructed to stand in the production room, which is right next to the studio, and watch the show through the window. It was pretty cool to watch Dave Ryan and the guys do the show, rather than just listen in the car. In the production room with my aunt and I was Intern John, probably the coolest intern on the planet. Thinking about it now, I wish I had talked to him more about college and radio.
Eventually they went on a commercial break and that was when Steve-O came out of the studio and met me. He is one of the most positive and funniest guys I have ever met. He brought me into the studio where I met Crisco, Rena Sarigianopoulos(An anchor from KARE 11, she was filling in for Lena Svenson, who was out with the "flu"), and of course Dave Ryan. Shaking Dave's hand and talking to him was pretty dang cool, but it was when he turned around and went to my website that put the icing on the cake. Of course as everyone does, he spelt my name initially zachhalvorson.com, which made me think of getting a radio name(Dave's "real" last name is "Fleugelbeinder" which is obviously hard to spell so he changed it to "Ryan" on the show), but it is kind of too late for that. But I do like the name Halverson, it gives me a possible future on-air name "Halvy". After the show Steve-O gave me the full tour of the studios. For a radio nerd like me, that was awesome
I made plenty of mistakes Tuesday, one of them being too nervous, one of them being a little too mature around them. I am usually light and non serious around teens my own age, and I do have a personality. But when I get with adults, I am often too quiet and not as "out-going" as I usually am. But I learned from those mistakes and if I ever meet them again, I should be more out going. I wanted to end with saying thanks to my parents for being so supportive in my radio stuff, my aunt for getting up at 6 in the morning to bring me down to KDWB since my parents had to work, my co-host Rex Matthews for helping to make the show like it is today, Dave Ryan for replying to an email I sent him in June about what I should do for college and actually complementing my website, Lena Svenson for "calling in sick" on the one day I come that week, Crisco for saying hi to me after I said hi to him in the studios, Intern John for the awkward time in the production room where I was constantly trying to decide whether or not to say something to him or not, and most of all, Steve-O. He invited me to the studios and was amazing. I will be lucky if I am working in radio with a guy with half as talent and amazingness as Steve-O.
3/8/2023 07:10:57 am
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Zach Halverson blogs occasionally on things he is interested in.