Sound Business: Switching From Print To Radio

After years in print, I switched to radio in 2016. First order of business….a hair cut for headphones. Next, tuning into the world in a completely different way. (Damn, air conditioners!) The Nieman Reports asked me to explain what it’s like to make the transition. I can tell you, you never hear the world in the same way again and there are lots of times when words on a page can’t match a passionate voice and, in my opinion, a voice with a great accent.

(And, yes, even though I am from Lou-a-vul, aka “Fancy, Ky”, I have been known to say a light “fer’ instead of “for”. I’m working on it.)

 

The Conversation: On Death And Dying

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By Mary Meehan Geneva Meehan and her granddauther, Bailey Campagna.

The Conversation about death and dying is a difficult one. But I’m glad I started talking with my mom, Geneva Meehan, several years ago because as she gets closer to 90 it makes the very difficult coversations easier.

My Mom was completely on board.

First off, she said, people don’t want to talk about dying because they don’t want to talk about getting old. “As a society, we’ve made old people ugly and death an ugly thing,” she said. “It’s a part of life.”

After almost every question, she’d give her rating and add, without being prompted, “Do you want to know why?”

The Conversation starter kit laid out big issues, such as how much she would want to know about her declining health, which you rate on a scale of 1 to 5. The higher the number, the more information and communication you want. My mom was a consistent 5.

After almost every question, she’d give her rating and add, without being prompted, “Do you want to know why?”