On Monday, I was on a local radio talk show to promote our upcoming Great Strides Walk and talk about life with CF. A local woman who is a grandma to a grandson with CF works for a local radio station, KSRO 1350. I guess for a few years now she has been setting up air time for people in the CF community to go on the air to promote the cause. Another mother to two children with CF (her kids are now in their twenties) was scheduled to talk, but she didn't want to go on the air alone. I had met this person at my Chevy's fundraiser. She remembered me and contacted the Foundation to contact me and see if I wanted to participate. I said yes without hesitation.
I arrived at the radio station a little early, so they gave me a tour of the studios. Four different stations are broadcast from this location. It was fun to see the operations of these studios. Just before our air time, the DJ Steve Jaxson came out and spoke to us for like 2 seconds. I know he does this as his daily job, but there was apart of me that wanted to rehearse the whole show first so I would know what to expect. I started getting nervous...what am I getting myself into? What if I got on the air and totally froze? Everyone assured me that I would do fine. The DJ would keep things going and give prompts on what to talk about. Everything would come naturally. Which is basically what happened. Once I got talking, it was no different from just having a conversation with someone about my life with CF. The fact that a whole group of people I couldn't see were listening to me never really crossed me mind. It is really an easy way to practice public speaking skills because you can't see the audience.
Although I was able to talk about a lot of good, informative information, the interview ended and I felt like I had so much more to say. I had a great time and I hope to be able to do something like that again in the future.