Scratching the savage itch

Craig Childs talks about the world of bull-riding


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Craig Childs talks about his encounter with the wild world of professional bull-riding in an audio interview with Marty Durlin.

Craig Childs Radio Interview
Leonard Foonman
Leonard Foonman
May 21, 2009 08:43 AM
I read Mr. Childs article and thought it was excellent writing, my hat is off to him for not taking the easy, anti-rodeo, animal abuse cliche so often seen in High Country News. His radio interview was also good although very limited by the interviewer's obvious lack of preparation and background knowledge ... high school radio journalism at best.

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Marty Durlin
Marty Durlin
May 21, 2009 01:00 PM
Oh, I was going to let this go by...because I, too, take exception to a lot of broadcast interviewers (Larry King? How'd he get there?) and their lack of preparation and background. In this case, I have 30-plus years of radio journalism experience. I not only read the article by Craig Childs, but one of his books as well -- however, I assume that not everyone knows him, or about PBR, bulls, rodeos, or gladiator spectacles. My idea has been to make these audio segments as widely accessible as possible -- but I'm open to suggestions from all about how to make these short (10-12 minutes, usually) interviews of more value to the HCN audience.
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Kyle Boelte
Kyle Boelte
May 21, 2009 03:23 PM
Hmmm…I thought this was an interesting podcast. In my mind, there is a difference between a podcast about an article on a magazine website and a radio interview about an article. If I hear an interview about an article on, say, "Fresh Air” (a program I enjoy) I know that I'll get the gist on the piece without reading it. And if I have already read the article, then the interview will mostly be a repeat.

I would say the value of a podcast on is the "story behind the story." Most everyone who listens on will have already read the article, as opposed to the listeners of a radio program. Hearing how Childs got interested in bull riding or how a writer connected the dots of an investigative piece provides what podcats listeners are after, I think. Both formats are valuable, but serve different purposes.