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  • Writer's pictureSue Bowles

So Ya Wanna Be a Rock Star….

Well….that’s not quite the ‘official’ blog theme but it’s my variation on it. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. (The official theme is Video Killed the Radio Star).

Now I confess I knew nothing of which my friend Jenn spoke when she tossed out this blog theme. I didn’t have MTV growing up….first time I saw it was my sophomore year in college in a friend’s room. Now of course we would stay up until 2 or 3am watching it..and….um….enjoying….BEVERAGES….yeah! That’s what we were drinking. 😉 I never claimed to be an angel in college. In all actuality I was a bit of a rebel. But that’s a story for another day…..maybe.

But one thing college did was introduce me to radio. Now I didn’t live under a rock growing up so I knew what radio was….and I was actually rather good at listening to it too. I remember at the end of each year my siblings and I would keep changing stations to listen to the top 100 songs of the year. I liked one genre…they liked…’others’…shall we say. At that time I wasn’t much into rock. One year the top song was a toss up between Endless Love and a some rock song. I cheered for Endless Love. My brother cringed.

So when I started getting involved in college activities there was opportunity to get involved in the campus radio station.

I had never been behind a mic before but it sounded fun…..and I was a Speech major…so why not?! The scary thing was….they let me have my own show!


I loved having give a ways so you knew who was listening on campus…especially when the prize was free pizza. I got REALLY good at saying ‘caller 1 – thank you’ and hanging up…all the way to caller number whatever I was looking for. And this was in the day of push button telephone lines…you know….the little squares that would light up and you had to push it to pick it up. It was also in the day of 8-track tapes and spinning real vinyl and cueing up the song with 1/2 turn. Yep….I was rockin’ it.

What was the BEST part was having access to the studio during the day. I remember one period in particular where my favorite song to crank was U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” And one day I cranked it…and I DO mean CRANK! The entire upstairs of the Student Union heard it. Hey…I had to check the speakers.

So this time last week I got to relive those old radio days….well….minus cueing the songs…and the music being on vinyl…and live phone lines.  So…I guess I got to talk into a mic and have my voice recorded. OK — so it brought back fun memories!

The show itself was great. There were a couple times where I feel like I was just listening to what I was saying and not having to think about the words. In other words….it was God. And of course afterwards on the way home I shared my fears with Jenn….wrong tone….wrong focus….forgotten points….all those hindsight thoughts. She assured me she thought things sounded fine and all I could say was ‘I hope.’ My concern? I didn’t want it to be about me. I wanted it to be about God working in me.

The next day I got a copy of the show emailed to me. I was ECSTATIC! I was SO happy with how it turned out. My concerns were baseless. The interview just sounded so solid. God just took over the conversation.

The interview aired last Saturday, April 9th, and has been on a continual loop on the Final Flight app all week. You can download the app at http://www.finalflightministry.com.

So while video may have killed the radio star….we killed the interview.

Put a mic in front of us….and we become rock stars! And you can join us at our next event…..the BRENNAN movie screening on Saturday, April 30th.

The ‘rest of the story’ of the radio interview is found on Jenn’s page at http://jennfreeatlast.com. I may or may not resemble her stories. Check out Leisa’s thoughts at http://life4inga.blogspot.com

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