So I got up early, around 7AM, to go on some morning show or other on KLBJ with Andy C. to talk up Wafflefest, which starts tonight at the Hideout. It went alright. It's hard to get a word in edgewise with morning show DJs. No fault of theirs... it's just the way these things work.
I immediately realized a couple of things about morning show radio that are polar opposites of general improv practice. First off, there's no leaving space for each other to talk at all. Empty space is DEAD AIR, and that's a bad thing. So if you want to talk you just have to dive in. Even if they're asking you a question, don't expect for them to wait for you. In this show, there were like 3 DJs plus a producer, and they all talked constantly.
Even more than just not leaving space is that there's also constant talking over one another, which sort of amazes me. At any given time there were 2 different conversations going on in the studio, over the air. Seems crazy, but I guess it works somehow.
Their setup was really sweet, by the way. There was a big flatscreen TV mounted on the wall in clear view of everyone in the booth. This was loaded up to a web browser, so they could easily pull up websites and emails for discussion on the air. Then, the main DJ had a touchscreen monitor ready to go with sounds at his fingertips (I presume). I never actually saw him use it.
The most amusing part of the whole experience, though, was that at the same time we arrived, 2 Red Bull girls arrived wearing Red Bull backpacks... and gave everyone Red Bull. They didn't have an appointment, they didn't go on air, and no one discussed Red Bull on the air. They just showed up, acted cheerful, and distributed Red Bull to everyone around.
I opted for sugar free.