Thursday, September 18, 2003

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Why read me when you can hear me on the radio?

From 9:00 - 11:00 PM this evening, I'm going to be on Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg on WGN radio 720. The topic? "Professorial bloggers". Fellow scholar-bloggers Erin O'Connor and Mark Shapiro will also be on.

If you're not in Chicago, or online, you can listen in by clicking here. The 10-11 hour will be call-in.

UPDATE: Media convergences are breaking out all over!! First Kieran Healy, after reading this post, listens in on the program and calls in from Canberra, Australia (see his comments below). Then, while the program is still on the air, I'm able to post my own reply comment (see below again).

Second, the Chicago Tribune today has a story on academic blogging, focusing on the Eric Rasumsen controversy. Yours truly is quoted, along with Eugene Volokh and Glenn Reynolds.

As for the show itself, I'll post a link to the archived audio if it goes up. My wrap up thoughts:

  • Especially when compared with my nasal twang, Erin O'Connor has quite the mellifluous voice.

  • I wasn't expecting to talk for the first part of the show about "things that annoy me about the academy." Still an interesting discussion, however.

  • The show producer told me afterwards that the callers broke down into two categories: those saying, "I just tuned in. What the hell is a blog?" and those saying, "Can I promote my blog on the air?"

  • Milt Rosenberg is now hooked on blogging. He has a page called Milt's File that functions as a quasi-blog on the WGN site, but inspired by this post, he went out and set up a real blog. Go check it out.
  • posted by Dan on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM


    Hey Dan - I'm listening in, hoping I can call in, cos Milt just took a cheap shot at sociology and it sounds like it's getting a bit too neocon-cosy in the studio there.

    posted by: Kieran Healy on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM [permalink]

    >> Favorite academic blogs listed by the guests:

    Irascible Prof says -- Erin O'Connor, one of the other guests, and no-one else. Lame!

    Erin O'Connor says -- Sully, Insty, Joanne Jacobs; and can't think of anyone else! No wait -- Volokhs, which as "people from all across the political spectrum". Some people's political spectrum, I suppose. And "Campus Nonsense." (Is that even a blog?) "A warehouse for atrocities". Lamer!!

    Dan sez .... (drumroll) ... nothing! Dan is not asked! Lamest!!! No plug for CT. For shame!

    posted by: Kieran Healy on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM [permalink]

    Well, I had my mean question and my nice question, and I asked my nice question.

    OK, break over. (The middle section of the show conveniently overlapped with lunchtime.) Back to work.

    posted by: Kieran Healy on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM [permalink]


    Milt tells me to tell you that some of his best friends are sociologists!! He's a social psychologist by trade.

    I was intending to mention you. Thanks for calling in!!!

    posted by: Dan on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM [permalink]

    Of all the evenings to leave the radio off and mark papers!!! Let's hope Professor Rosenberg puts the conversation on the audio archive.

    posted by: Stephen Karlson on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM [permalink]

    You had link whores on a radio call-in show?!?

    I'll be writing a long post about that subject on my own blog within the next 24 hours ....

    posted by: Beldar on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM [permalink]

    Hey, don't call me a link-whore, buddy. I address this slander in more depth on my blog.

    posted by: Kieran Healy on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM [permalink]

    Extension 720 is one of the best radio shows on. I don't listen to it enough. I missed this one and wait for a link to the archive.

    posted by: Sean Hackbarth on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM [permalink]

    Cause I live on the other side of the earth!
    Maybe just ask: " Why Read Me?" and the answer will be that I find interesting material that normally escapes the Media or does not fit into their Hidden Agenda!

    posted by: Barry on 09.18.03 at 08:38 PM [permalink]

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