There was a lovely radio moment today. I was listening to KEXP. Cheryl Waters was talking about something musical, then all of a sudden in surprise she told listeners how she absentmindedly threw a sharpie across the room and it landed in the cup of pens, ten feet away. She was so shocked by this inadvertent success that she mentioned it several times as an aside, and in one of her comments mentioned something about John Richards, saying something like, "John doesn't even listen to my show." Sure enough not thirty seconds later, he walks in the studio and joins the conversation, continuing discussion about Cheryl's stellar sharpie throw. They began to talk about the DJ booth and the various misplacement of their stuff by other DJs (each other, mainly), and the idiosyncracies of sharing the space. Next, they began to make fun of Kevin Cole for what he brings into the studio on his shift, and, yes, not fifteen seconds later, he, too, joins the conversation. For a good couple of minutes, the three of them got completely lost in a discussion that had nothing to do with music, nothing to do with anything except their own personal work relationships and their daily experience.
I imagine some listeners were frustrated at this talk. I, for one, have never been a fan of talk radio. Nevertheless, I could have listened to this for much longer than the five minutes or so that there was. I guess this is a true example of the effectiveness of good radio personalities; it's more than just DJ skills. It's an indication of KEXP's place in our hearts, too. It was a nice behind-the-scenes glimpse. I've always likes those few moments between shifts when the DJs are in there together. There should be more of this.
Good radio, you see, is more than streaming good music. Just another example of how lucky we are to have KEXP.