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December 10, 2003
Captain's Quarters On the Air Tonight

Hugh Hewitt has invited me to comment on last night's Gaffney-Norquist debate tonight on his show. I'll be joining other noteworthy bloggers giving commentary and perspective on this issue. Make sure you tune in to hear what I sound like (and try not to be too disappointed when I don't sound like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, OK?).

If you don't know where to find Hugh's show, here's a roster of stations nationwide that carry it.

UPDATE: I had a blast on Hugh's show. If you didn't get a chance to hear me, the show may be replayed later, but I can't find anything on that so far. (If you're in the LA area, KRLA will replay at 8 PM PST.)

My impressions of my first time on the air as a featured guest ... My experience started with Scott Johnson, the Big Trunk at Power Line, e-mailed me that Hugh wanted to have me on the air tonight. I had read the same thing on Hugh's site, but since I hadn't appeared on Hugh's show before, I didn't know how to get in touch properly. Scott was kind enough to get me the phone number for Duane, Hugh's producer, and chat with me for a while. I called Duane shortly afterwards to make the arrangements, and Duane was very helpful.

I rushed home, and spent the drive thanking God traffic was improved over yesterday. After I told my wife about the invitation and the arrangements, she told members of our family and a few friends so that they could listen in. (Nothing like having your family in the audience to make you feel reeeeeeeeeal calm.) After I got home, I reviewed my blog entry and the Gaffney article, and Duane called right on time. I was put on hold for a couple of moments while Hugh was preparing to go live, and just like that, I was on the air.

Hugh was gracious and enthusiastic in his introductions, endorsing the blogosphere as, I believe, the new intellectuals that are revolutionizing the political process, and then asking us questions regarding our blogged reactions to the Gaffney/Norquist debate. Fortunately, Scott went first, allowing me to collect my thoughts a bit more, and then Hugh asked me about my reaction. If you had a million dollars, I probably couldn't tell you what I said, but I believe I discussed a different aspect of my reaction than I had posted last night. I know I shamelessly mixed metaphors (links in a chain morphed into bricks in a building), but other than that, I don't think I did too badly.

Hugh alternated between Scott and myself, allowing us to talk at length, never interrupting us or cutting us off, which I found surprising for the tight time format radio requires. I can't speak for Scott, but I felt like Hugh gave us plenty of time for responses to very well-crafted questions. In what seemed no time at all now, our segment was over and Duane's friendly voice was back on the line, encouraging me to go out and blog away.

In short, I had a blast. I hope Hugh and Scott did too, and all of you who listened.

After I got off the phone, I called around looking for reviews. I asked the toughest critics I could find ... my wife, my mother, my father, and my son. (I'm not stupid, after all.) Everyone loved the show -- I may have expanded Hugh's audience! -- but the best part was when I called my son. He said the topic had him a bit lost as he hadn't heard the debate we were discussing, but he also told me that my 18-month-old granddaughter, the Little Admiral, was listening -- and she recognized my voice!! That's the best review I've heard so far.

Can't wait to do it again! If you heard the segment, please leave me a comment to let me know what you thought.

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