URI reporter to do weekly talk show via podcast

It started with a tale about a Christmastime miraculous event. I’d originally submitted freelance articles regarding this to a dozen national publishers. Ten non-overlapping periodicals accepted, and ran versions of the story. Later, it became chapter 28 of my memoir, “The Sicilian Nobleman’s Daughter.”

By 2009, the holiday-focused chapter also landed in an anthology called “Christmas Miracles,” co-written by renowned mega-selling author, Cecil Murphey.  

Mid December, 2010, Murphey released a web newsletter announcing he’d feature the anthology on a call-in talk show he’d co-host via podcast. He urged writers whose stories had appeared in “Christmas Miracles” to phone his next broadcast’s toll-free number. I called to chat about my story, then found myself intrigued by the website’s homepage. One menu item read, “Be a talk show guest.” I clicked on it, and encountered a request for unusual, interesting information about me. I typed in that I’m the offspring of murderers, and had miraculously been rescued from numerous attempts on my life.

This triggered  a phone call from the network’s CEO, who interviewed me for ninety minutes. “Have you ever been a guest on radio?” he asked.

“In the past few months,” I said, “I’ve been interviewed on unscripted 30-minute broadcasts aired over more than 900 radio stations. I’ve also appeared on a live segment of a TV program in San Diego.”

“So you’re comfortable before a mic plugging your violent family’s  memoir. Does sound interesting; I want to read it myself. But if that’s all you ever talk about, people will grow tired of hearing it. What else do you do?”

I mentioned that I teach a college course called “The Trick to Getting Published.” “So far, 90% of the people who’ve completed these classes have subsequently succeeded in getting their freelance submissions accepted by publishers.”

He offered me a one-year contract to host a talk show by that title. “You’d be responsible for the guests and content of your shows,” he said. “But, I’d also like to keep you on a stand-by list for emergency situations. “Sometimes I get a last-minute, frantic call from a host who’ll say his scheduled guest got sick, or failed to show up. Could I phone you at such times to fill in on the spur of the moment?”  

“Sure. Thanks, if I’m home, I’m glad to do it.”  

We then agreed on a schedule for my call-in talk show—6 to 7 p.m. local time, Fridays, starting on March 4. Since it’s a podcast, guests can also talk to me by telephone from their homes in their jammies. During air time, listeners can phone our call-in line, 1-877-864-4869.   They can tune-in to the live broadcast by clicking www.toginet.com/shows/thetricktogettingpublished. Programs would be archived on itunes, so any who missed the live airing, could visit the website, and catch the entire show later on.

To launch our first program, we’re blessed to welcome acclaimed guest, Sally Stuart, author of 27 books, including the annual Christian Writer’s Market Guide, and “Sally Stuart’s Guide to Getting Published.”  Many more gems of the publishing world grace our list of future shows. Each week, we’ll keep updating the previously mentioned website.   
By F. C. Blake
Of the Independent

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