For the last few weeks while Todd and Martha have been preparing and presenting the 8 O’Clock Hour, there has been a very different radio program happening just 20 feet away in our production studio.
Danny Meyers is co-host of The K92 Morning Thang with Danny and Zack. It’s the number one morning show in Roanoke, Virginia. From 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. each weekday the show features top 40 music, very high-energy talk, prank phone calls, music games etc. Very well-produced and very different from what you would hear on NCPR in the morning.
The reason Danny is using our studio is that he is from the North Country and is back home for a while helping to look after his mother, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Using the same gear that we use for remote broadcasts, Danny is able to co-host his show live from our studio with excellent sound quality and virtually no delay. While the show is happening, the rest of the crew back in Roanoke is exchanging texts with Danny through his iPad so he can communicate with the the others without interfering with the flow of the show.
This past Monday and Tuesday, when the Roanoke area was cleaning up after the tremendous storms of last friday, and another round of storms Sunday evening, Danny was able to be on the air to give updates on emergency services, power restoration, relief centers and more. He was a friendly, familiar voice helping his community through the aftermath of a stressful natural disaster, all from our studio in Canton. It was reminiscent of the role NCPR played after the ice storm of 1998.
Danny is a long time friend of our operations manager/announcer Shelly Pike, and used to hang out at the station back in the early 90s, and we’re really glad that we have the technology and facility to allow him to continue doing his job from 700 miles away. So Danny, our studio is yours for as long as you need it. And please pass along our best wishes to your mom.