Thanks so much for considering or arranging our visit and making the way
for a broadcast from your location!
BIG THANK YOU!
We understand that the Tourism Organizations have a budget just like we do.
If you are not able to provide all the
lodging/food/event tickets/etc. that you would like, we understand!
Thank you VERY MUCH for what you can provide us!
If there is a situation where you are providing "discounted prices" or "partial"
situations, please let us know in detail so
that we don't have a miss-understanding. It's our goal to PROMOTE your
City and it's Attractions as fun/must stop/must enjoy
locations. The more information we have, the better we can make a "big
Our Personal Needs include:
Lodging: usually for 2 people, 1 room with 2 beds is sufficient
(actually better cause we do planning etc.)
If there is no "lift" we'd prefer a room with the least amount of steps.
We would rather stay in properties that
fit the "budget minded" traveler category as this is what we base our day to day
Breakfast either part of the lodging or on the run.
Lunch and/or dinner. Again we're looking for that "GREAT TASTE but on a
budget" kind of place. If the places have
a web page, we'd like that in advance to add to the COOL SITE-Pick of the Day
The more we see and experience the more we can talk about! We tend to
spend not only the time traveling to talk
about our trips, but for the next weeks after we go back and review what we
experienced at each location. Often we
have guests/callers on the program who have also been at a location and we have
a fun chat about the highlights of our visit!
If there is a city-wide bus/subway pass, that's awesome.
Also an awesome benefit to us! But please don't feel obligated.
We will be doing a "new" program for each of the radio stations back in the
USA. A local guest always raises the
interest level of our listeners. Although it's afternoon in Germany, it's
MORNING DRIVE TIME back home. Things move
VERY QUICKLY. A guest on the program who is quick on the response, very
UPBEAT and HAPPY sounding is better
than one who is full of facts but needs to talk in complete and drawn out
thoughts! We are talking to the "morning man" back
at each station that we do shows on. Often if things are "flowing" I'll just
sit back and let the German guest and the morning man
have their discussion and I'll be doing the "ending" bit and promoting the
upcoming days! Best for us is if we have time before
the ON AIR moment to do a little warm up with the guest, a minimum of 15 minutes
seems to work great. We'll do some setup
and feed that info back to the USA so that the folks on the USA side can ask the
IMPORTANT in this political climate: we have no "agenda" in doing
these programs other than to create excitement and
a desire to listen more to the station! (it's all about ratings ;-)
There will be NO questions or comments in the political area.
This is a difficult time for the USA and there is more than enough political
news, much of it with a hidden agenda. Our Program
is designed to bring our listeners an UP BEAT - Positive program.
Our Technical needs include:
Added Feb 2, 2005 We've just tested and decided
to bring along a "VOIP" system. This would allow us to do Voice Over
IP/the internet. If you have a connection with 256K of bandwidth, we can
plug in a little box that we will be carrying, our equipment then plugs into
this little VOIP box and gives us a local telephone number back here in
Minnesota. Our engineers have been testing this and it seems to work
fine. SO if you have a CAT 5 cable/jack that we can plug into and enough
bandwidth that you can allow us during our show time, we'll have some NEW
TECHNOLOGY fun and save some long distance fees.
Our Regular SETUP:
Best for us is a regular telephone that has a handset with a clip/click
cable. That handset cable can plug right into our equipment.
We carry with us a headset and microphone combination for 2 people. John & a
Guest. If there will be 2 guests on a program, they will
need to each do a segment as they cannot both be "on the air" at the same
We can connect our equipment between the cord and the handset.
Also a regular, single line, telephone connection (plug) works great.
We have equipment that can plug into that.
We carry this plug to connect to German phone jacks.
We can also do programs VIA a Cell Phone (HANDY) but the voice quality suffers
(we carry a mixing board that can connect to a cell phone headphone jack)...If
you feel that the benefits of being in a remote situation overshadow a lack of
voice quality, WE'RE ALL FOR IT! Again, and I'm sorry for the
repeat, but the excitement of live radio is that we never know just how things
are going to turn out. We're used to doing programs in less than perfect
"studio conditions" and
our listeners love the possibility that things might get a little stressful or