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Friday, January 8, 2016

2016: 25 years of “On the Air with Richard S. D

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 10:13 PM

For an hour a week, through the magic of television, not only do I get to share time with witty and intelligent men and women, but also occasionally give the impression that I share some of that wit and intelligence - like so much on TV, it’s all smoke and mirrors . . .

I had long fantasized about having a show on public access television in Fayetteville, especially when I would watch writer Peter Harkins handle his own call-in show in the 1980s. But it remained just that, a fantasy, until late spring of 1991, when, while covering county government meetings for Grapevine, the late alternative paper, I asked the Fayetteville Open Channel camera operator, Bill Ames, “Why are there no call-in shows on FOC anymore?”

“You want to do one?” he replied, and the rest, as the cliche goes, is history.

I have written at length about the show before, so there is no particular need to bore you with much-repeated details now.

The only thing I have to say is this - the reason the show has stayed on the air, and kept my interest for so many years, is not simply because of the politicians, writers, dancers, singers, yoga experts, radio hosts or what-have-you (or who-have-you?) but also because of the talent, imagination and inspiration of everyone who has worked on the show for the past quarter of a century.

A quarter of a century! Now, that’s a turn of phrase to make you feel really, really old.

Oddly enough, though, the show, much like the act of writing, has quite the opposite effect; it keeps me young - or at least semi-well preserved.

Good conversation, good people to work with and being semi-well-preserved. Life is good.


And speaking of good . . .

One of the great catches for the show was former CNN anchor Bob Losure, who told me I was as good as anyone on cable.

He may have been shining me on, but what the hell, it ain’t every day a guy from CNN says something like that to you - so I am going to choose to believe it, despite any and all evidence to the contrary.


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I never met anyone who didn't have a very smart child. What happens to these children, you wonder, when they reach adulthood? - Fran Lebowitz


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