Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Failure to communicate

This was my morning to be as guest on Kingston Community Radio on WGHQ.

The first Tuesday of every month at about 7:30 a.m. I sit in with Orvil Norman, Sue Wittig and John Clark for a half-hour and talk about whatever comes to their minds, usually matters involving content or policy at the Freeman. We also take phone calls from listeners, which is my favorite part of the show, even if the callers aren't always friendly.

But for the last two mornings, including today, there was no Kingston Community Radio program on WGHQ, apparently because of a transmitter outage caused by one of the weekend's thunderstorms.

So when I arrived at the studio this morning, there were Orvil, Sue and John waiting for a green light from engineers that might not come before 9 a.m., when the program normally concludes.

Talk about a hopeless feeling for the hosts. They were all dressed up with nowhere to go, as it were.

I felt badly for them because I could relate to the situation. It was what it's like when there's a power outage or a major computer or press problem at the Freeman and dozens or more of us figuratively twiddle our thumbs, fearful we won't make deadline and the paper won't get out on time (or at all).

It's tough to be in the communication business when you're unable to communicate.
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