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Carol Perkins: Callers are like family

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By Carol Perkins

When situations happen on the radio beyond our control, I cringe at what the "world" is thinking. Susan and Carol-Unscripted (99.1 the Hoss live on Tuesday from 10-11) is truly unscripted, so we don't have control over those who call us except to cut them off. We have had a few situations where I slid the button off, but overall, our callers are like our family. First, I will share delightful stories.

Our first show was with the Kentucky Headhunters (Fred couldn't be there that day). Put Richard, Greg, and Doug in the same room, and the show is going to be so much fun. We turned the two-hour show into a four-hour interview! It is not unusual for us to meet strangers in restaurants, talk to them, and invite them to be on the show. After all, as Oprah says, "Everyone has a story."

Once a trucker was driving north on I-65, going from Texas to New York. He accidentally picked up the "two crazy women" on his radio and kept listening. As usual, we throw out trivia questions, and he called to answer one of them. For the next few minutes, we interviewed him!

One of our local families was vacationing in Hawaii. I answered the phone, "Hello, you're on the air with Susan and Carol." He replied, "This is Joey calling from Hawaii!" We chatted about his vacation and the fact that he took an hour out of his day to stream us on his iPhone. Sometimes callers think they are on the trader, and before I can stop them, they have described what they want to sell. Then they are a little embarrassed, so we interview them. Callers from South Central Kentucky respond to our discussions. We talked about why my hummingbirds wouldn't use the feeder, and callers gave me advice. If we need a question answered, we put it out to listeners, and the phone starts ringing. "To whom are we speaking," is our final question, and some quickly hang up, but most don't mind telling us.

Of the hundreds of callers, there is always one. First, she called to tell us that our first book, Edmonton (1940-2018), left out too much. When we questioned her, she wanted to know why we didn't put in all the murders. (She admitted she had not read the book.)Then she called this week to comment on my picture in the paper. "Carol, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU!" (She knew me in grade school.) I had a mouthful to say, but I slid the button off. Immediately, callers flooded the lines rebuking her rudeness. I had to laugh it off or go home and never leave the house.

Having a radio show (since 2009, we think) is the most fun I have ever had. Susan and I get to talk to people, share stories, pitch out trivia, and announce local events. We thank our fourteen sponsors and the station for keeping us on the air.

Copies of Susan and Carol's new book: Winter Tales: Metcalfe is available at ESB in Glasgow, all around Edmonton, and on Amazon. There is a section about Glasgow.

This story was posted on 2019-10-24 12:24:16
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