There is something quite special to be let in behind the curtains in a broadcast environment. It is almost as if you have suddenly become part of a small, secret society that most people won’t have the chance to see. But I did. I got the opportunity sit behind the radio host Larry Perel for a day, and I got to see what goes on behind the mic in the small studio of KCRW, which is located on top of Antioch University.
I’m here on the day when Indiana had their Primary election. A TV in the top right corned of the studio is on mute, subtitles rolling. Bernie is ahead of Hillary, Trump in front of Cruz.
Larry comes across as a calm soul, open and welcoming, although slightly reserved. He is very likeable. I try to look as if I have camera-shadowed someone many times before, but I think it is quite obvious that I haven’t when I fidget to get my tripod set up. I decide not to use it, since it could end in a very awkward radio disaster where both me and the tripod could end up on the floor or the studio, all cables unplugged. I play it safe.
I sit in the studio, I watch, I take pictures, I ask questions. I get to wear headphones when Larry is on air, and I get a wonderful feeling of inclusion. We talk about the election, about the ludicrous idea that Trump might be the Republican Presidential Candidate. We shake our heads when the muted TV reports that Cruz is dropping out, and that the unbelievable has become reality. Trump might be president.
It is a funny feeling, sitting there in the studio and being in the background when Larry reads the breaking news into the ether in a professional, unfazed voice. I feel in awe of his ability to report with no bias, where I feel I would be ranting in an incredulous manner.
I feel part of the broadcast, and that feeling is very special when you’re nothing but a lowly student taking photographs for a school assignment. When I walk out of the studio I take a breath, and I savor the fact that I have been part of something special, something I shouldn’t take for granted.