Harris Faulkner was a great person (and she's quite tall). Our conversation was fun, fluid and engaging, and by far the best of my two interviews, but that isn't a negative against Uma Pemmeraju. Uma and I on Friday were up against the Orlando shooting breaking news and I was actually surprised that I got on at all.
There was a stark contrast between Thursday and Friday. Thursday morning was relaxed, good pace, but not hectic. Then around 2 and 2:30pm is when the word was going around about the Ft. Hood shootings. You could instantly feel the pace quicken, even though it was drawing close to the end of the day on the Strategy Room. Right about then is when I thought my Friday interview might be dropped.
Friday was crazy to begin with as the story of Ft. Hood developed, but then some jackass in Orlando has to join the fray and go on his own shooting spree. What the hell is with people? I've lost jobs before and been on hard times, but NEVER thought to kill anyone over it. Anyway, with the Strategy Room trying to take coverage of the Orlando shooting as maybe a copycat incident to the Ft. Hood shooting, I completely thought I was out of the loop for the day.
First I was to be on at 3pm for the whole hour, then 1:30pm for 30 minutes, then 1pm for the hour (first 30 min. as a military veteran talking about Ft. Hood and the second 30 min. talking about my book), then it changed again to 1:45 for 15 min., and it finally ended up being around 1:50pm for 7 minutes. lol. Crazy day. Still, they got me on, but it just wasn't right. It wasn't fluid and there were still things coming down regarding the hot news of the day. I jokingly called myself the "And Guest". We've got Orlando, Ft. Hood...and Doug. Not exactly their high priority for the day, and I understand that.
As you can see, I did record my Harris Faulkner interview and have posted it. I also tried to record my Uma Pemmeraju interview, but the file is corrupt. I basically said the same thing in both interviews, but you would have easily noticed the difference between the two...relaxed vs. rushed.
Nevertheless, this was an amazing opportunity and I hope to be able to more in the future. I just hope I can graduate from New Media (online) to good old fashioned TV. :)