In 2005, during the early episodes of my multi-topic interview podcast, RoneyZone Radio ( http://rzr.roneyzone.com/ ), I wanted to go for a big interview. I started to think of what to go for. I thought that going for a Reality TV star would be good for show like mine. Even Reality TV stars need to extend promotion to people that listen to podcasts, so I decided to give it a shot.
I started to look around at the Reality TV stars of the moment, and one came to mind – Duane “Dog, the Bounty Hunter,” Chapman. I looked on the main page for Dog on the A&E site, and I saw the ‘Contact Us’ link. I sent an “I would like to interview Duane,” email expecting nothing back. I was wrong.
I got an email back from his PR person explaining that Duane would be doing interviews during a certain block of days, and for us to have schedule flexibility just in case shows cancel, etc. Again, I kept thinking they would never let a podcast host interview Dog. Again, I was wrong.
“So, is RoneyZone Radio on a particular radio station?” the email asked. I responded that it was a podcast, etc, etc. I thought that would be the end of it. Nope.
The next email was a solid schedule with a whole lot of radio stations, date and times, and there it was “RoneyZone Radio”. It was to amazing to think that I had done, but I did and it was very close now.
The day of the interview, I was nervous. I had all my equipment, brought it to work and asked for an early lunch to record the interview in my car.
15 minutes before the interview I ran out to the car, set it all up and stared at the questions I wrote out – and waited. The phone rang, and I answered. “This is the Dog, is this Jeff?” “Yes, hi Dog.” “Are we recording?” I hit record, and responded, “We are now”.
I was so nervous, I had to read the questions off the paper. The interview was one of my better ones, and I enjoyed the “What you see is what you get,” manner of Dog’s responses. I asked a tough question or two, and it was awesome how he responded to each one. I ended the interview, hung up and shook my head at the fact that I pulled ofone of my goals. I did it. So cool.
When I listened back to the recording, I found that plugging the cellphone into the recorder caused ALOT of issues with the recording. Nathan P. Butler ( http://http://nathanpbutler.com/ ) saved my bacon and removed the hiss, static, etc and I re-recorded the questions with the same inflection as when I asked Dog on the phone. You really can’t tell.
A few tips;
1. I think because my podcast name had radio in the title, and not podcast may have helped things move along,
2. If you want to interview anyone, just ask. Seriously, just ask,
3. You have a better chance at interviewing a celeb if you catch them during a promotion cycle for their newest project.
Now, listen to the Dog the Bounty interview (recorded in 2005) on RoneyZone Radio. Note: I posted the audio on youtube (to get wider exposure):