Monday, May 19, 2008 By Aaron Brown
I will take the Dylan Days act to 91.7 KAXE in northern Minnesota (streaming online here) and KOOL 101.7 FM in Duluth Tuesday morning -- both just after 8 a.m. Don't ask me how I'm two places at once; it's a radio secret.
We did the Dylan Days bit on KARE 11's 4 p.m. newscast down in the Twin Cities Monday afternoon via webcam from Hibbing Community College's tech lab. (I presume that 4 p.m. news is too fluffy for the 5, itself too fluffy for the 6, all three too fluffy for the 10, which is still half fluffy). This was kind of a different deal. (That's Minnesotan for "WTF").
They do a segment on the 4 p.m. news that uses a webcam interview, to show that anyone, anywhere can appear distorted and delayed five seconds on live TV. The interview itself went fine and the KARE 11 people were very nice. But I had to learn how to use a webcam for the first time in the strange context of appearing on live TV using said webcam. Plus, unlike other TV interviews I've done, I was looking directly at a giant screen that showed me doing the interview in real time. All the pre-interview struggles with white balance, focus, saturation and hue went south on me. I watched as the anchors kicked to pictures of Bob Dylan and Hibbing and then to me, who, to four 'o clock Twin Cities TV viewers, appeared as a large, ruddy floating head whose mouth moved two seconds slower than his voice. I could hear the director shout "cut back to B-roll, he looks like W.C. Fields!" not in my ear-piece, but FROM MINNEAPOLIS. Maybe that was just my self-talk, but still, not my proudest audio-visual moment.
Anyway, if you're curious what my head looks in context with the rest of my body and fixed objects like exit signs and other humans, come on down to see Dylan Days, May 22-25, and say hello.