My public radio passion first bloomed in May of 2005. I remember it very clearly. I was moving from Washington State to the big, exciting city of Chicago. It was just me, my cat Napoleon and a ’97 Geo Prizm with all of my belongings. I didn’t have a job, and didn’t know a soul but I had that optimistic spirit that every 22 year old fresh out of college has in abundance.
A friend from Spokane had mentioned that he thought that I’d like This American Life. As someone who was used to the Garrison Keilers and droll news segments of NPR, I thought it sounded like a boring show. Fortunately for me, he had burned several episodes onto a CD for me to listen to.
My first episode of TAL was “Promised Land.” It was fitting. I was on my own journey, I had my own “I Wish” anthem, and I had several hours of driving ahead of me. I was hooked.
Over the next several years I systemically listened to every episode of This American Life. I began branching out into other NPR shows like Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, and Selected Shorts. When I didn’t even own a car, I listened to Car Talk while riding my bicycle.
Naturally, when I became a balloon artist, I started making public radio balloons, as any good fan girl does. I haven’t done a lot of public radio figures, but I think I’ve done more than most balloon artists.
One thing that is interesting is seeing how far along my balloons have come. My first public radio personality balloon was of course, Ira Glass:
I also did a Carl Kassel balloon at a Wait Wait Don’t Tell me taping, but I seem to have lost that picture.
Tonight I’m going to volunteer for the show Radiolab, which is having a live show here in Seattle tomorrow and on Saturday. I’m quite proud of my Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich balloons:
Who should I make next?