Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Roostergate and Contributing to This American Life

I have so many blog posts I need to write but I'm foregoing them all right now for an exciting story!

Last Monday morning, I dreamed that I was hearing a rooster. The crowing sound persisted, though, and when my eyes opened, I still heard it.

I thought maybe Andy had accidentally set his alarm and that it had a crazy rooster setting. Cockadoodle doo over and over and over again. I woke him up to ask if I was hearing a REAL rooster and he confirmed that I was.

We don't live in the country; we live in metro Nashville where it's illegal to have a rooster. You can have chickens but NO roosters.

Every morning between 5 and 7am, the rooster crows and crows and crows. Sometimes, it sounds like it's right outside our window... because it IS right outside our window.

Our neighbor lets his illegal rooster roam around the neighborhood. On Friday, I saw the rooster walking through my neighbors' front yards, dangerously close to the street!

The whole situation leaves me feeling frustrated... and sleep-deprived!

When I read that This American Life was accepting listener-submitted stories, I felt like this "illegal urban rooster" (the subject of my email to them!) would be an interesting tale. I received an email from the producer a few hours later which led me to begin documenting Roostergate.

I have had SO much fun recording audio and interviewing neighbors about the rooster. Working on this has helped me get back in touch with my roots as an interviewer (that's the bulk of what I did for 7 years up until a few months ago!). I submitted my audio files last night and I think Ira Glass will be calling today to record with me.

I'm pinching myself!

I love This American Life so much. It's my go-to podcast in the car for long drives. I have been so inspired, so moved, and so entertained throughout the years by it. I met Ira at a signing (there are few people I would stand in line in Nashville [a too cool for school town] to meet and Ira is at the top of that list along with Glen Hansard!) and he was so nice and so gracious. I am so excited to hopefully be able to speak with him today and to contribute to one of my favorite programs.

I am so giddy and so thankful!

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  1. This is pretty exciting! Keep us updated!!!!!!!

  2. Hi, there! I'm not familiar with the program(will be googling, however) but I am familiar with unexpected cracks in the case for destiny ;) Excited that you've been given the opportunity, congrats! It feels like life just got a lil more sparkly, huh?

  3. How great!!! Can't wait to hear more about it! Ü

  4. That's so awesome! We're huge fans of the show, too, so I can't wait to hear your segment! :)

  5. So, you DID finally see the rooster! Did you grab him? I'm dying to know! Guess i'll just have to wait until I can hear you ON THE RADIO BEING INTERVIEWED BY IRA. Um, wow hon!

  6. That is amazing! I love TAL and Ira is a beefcake! Oh oh I can't wait to hear you on the radio!

  7. woohoo! so fun! I can't wait to see how all this unfolds!

  8. OMG! THIS AMERICAN LIFE! The big time! I am so excited for you. It might be worth the trouble of Roostergate to work with Ira Glass! Good luck with your phone call, do tell more later!

  9. wow!!! i LOVE this american life SO MUCH and i will be so excited to hear someone i know on there! and to get to talk to ira glass! weee! i can't wait to hear more about it!

  10. that's so amazing. I can't wait to get updates about this. Ira glass has an amazing voice and adorable spectacles...how can someone not like him?!?!

  11. Jamie, that's amazing! I LOVE TAL and listen every weekend. Can't wait to hear your voice on there!!


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