Yesterday evening, I received an e-mail from Mitch Perry, News Director at WMNF Radio (88.5 FM) in Tampa. He informed me that one of my lifelong dreams, that of becoming a radio personality, had come true. I will start my orientation early next month and, in February, I will join our community radio station and cover stories regarding discrimination and civil rights involving people with disabilities and the elderly.
This will probably lead to Blind Confidential having a bit more of a local Tampa Bay feel as, for the most part, I will be reporting on local issues. I do expect that I will cover issues involving people with disabilities apropos to a national and international audience as WMNF is a Pacifica and Free Speech Radio News affiliate. The station is also connected with National Public Radio but I strongly doubt that npr will find my volunteer broadcast pieces will meet their standards.
Although I didn't know about the community radio gig at the time I scheduled it, I will be interviewed on Main menu by Jeff Bishop today. I don't know when ACB will be running it but I very much look forward to discussing a variety of issues with the guy is smart and insightful as Jeff.
As I am entirely new to radio, I hope that some of my old friends like Jeff, Marlena and maybe Jonathan can call or write with a few tips. I have taken a couple classes in journalism and understand that when reporting for the news I can't enjoy the flexibility of bias and playing fast and loose with the facts as I can in a blog. I don't know how this may affect Blind Confidential -- it may become more journalistic as I start thinking that way or, to contrast my radio work, it may become more gonzo and contain more fiction in the future. In all probability the results will be somewhere in between as I will not be able to cover access technology issues on the radio as, frankly, few listeners would actually care.
So, look forward to me posting about my training and providing links to podcasts of my stories in the coming months.