Last Tuesday afternoon, I paid the studios of Seoul’s English radio station a visit. I met with the writer and the host of the radio show “Soul of Asia.” Sara, the petite host who looks two decades younger than her picture on their website, has an enviable voice on or off air. The show’s writer, Daniel Gray, has been very helpful and accomodating (from the time that we first talked on the phone). He’s also the owner of the blog “Seoul Eats,” which I try not to visit because of the “sinful” photos he posts.
Anyway, I was on the show to talk about my experiences as a married Filipina in Korea. Dan sent me a list of questions for the show but before that, he did preliminary interviews over the phone. It didn’t really matter how much preparation I had since I still felt nervously ill when I saw the “On Air” sign in the studio turned red, meaning we were recording.
Sara and Dan were very supportive, telling me that I was doing great although I heard myself getting tongue-tied and losing my thoughts several times. (I am no Martin Nievera and I think faster than I can talk) I don’t even think I answered Sara’s questions logically. When she asked me if I knew Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, I replied that I didn’t know her. It turned out that she’s currently the VP for PA of UP (more in a later post).
After all has been said (and done – so cliche!) I realized that I’m not very sensitive. It was really nerve wracking speaking in front of a mic (or more like seeing the lit “On Air” sign) that I had missed answering some of the questions directly or I that I had provided unsatisfactory answers. Anyway, the host and writer are nice and I’ll just charge everything to experience. In sum, it was fun being “On Air!”
Am I the first Pinoy in Seoul’s first all-English radio station?