Yesterday, the Arts Express program on Pacifica radio station WBAI aired my interview of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man in the world to walk on the moon. He’s a fascinating man, but it was a very difficult interview! Click on the gray triangle to listen.
terrific interview, not sure where the difficulty was,,,
Thanks, Pearl. The difficulties were three-fold:
1) Technically, there was a lot of background noise on the phone line that was hard to edit out. You can still hear a lot of it even in the final piece. Some of the best parts I had to scrap because of noise.
2) Aldrin is now 85 years old, so it was difficult sometimes to keep him on topic; on the other hand, he often gave very long answers to questions, so it was difficult for me to jump in and ask him other questions I had. I was allowed a limited time for the interview, so I didn’t want him to run out the clock before I got to ask him certain things.
3) Because Buzz Aldrin is Buzz Aldrin and I’m…well, just me, I was kind of intimidated. But in the end, I think it all came out all right.
as usual, you did a great job of editing and Buzz Aldrin seemed very comfortable speaking with you
Thanks. Funny, but overall, in general, I think I actually like the editing process even more than conducting the actual interviews. One day, maybe I’ll write more about that.