I had just finished spooning down my Raisin Bran (no, they are not an underwriter) when the phone rang. The wife handed me the receiver. It was the boss.
The conversation, slathered with my standard heavy dollops of artistic license, went as follows:
“We need a place for listeners to post their reactions to the news about Kennedy,” the boss said.
“Okay,” I responded, milk dripping from chin (not really).
“How about a blog? We could use a blog for listeners to post comments.” he averred.
“Not a bad idea,” I said.
“We can set one up hosted on Blogger or Word Press. That way I won’t have to page the webmaster,” he said, voice telegraphing anxiety.
Okay,” I said.
“Which one? Which one? Blogger or Word Press?” he pressed, anxiety shading into mild panic.
Initially I drew a blank…need coffee…must get son to school….
Caffeine-deprived neurons stalled and sputtered. With Herculean effort I willed myself into semi-coherence. “Well, Blogger has its points…. We could massage it into a message board of sorts…. Of course I am partial to Word Press…. But I wish we had one of those nifty discussion boards that Brian Retchless posted about,” I stammered.
“I’ll call you back,” said the boss, not waiting for my final answer. (Phew!)
Ten minutes later the phone rang. The wife handed me the receiver just as I spit out the toothbrush. It was the boss.
Score one for Word Press
Granted, high-tech denizens of Web 2.0, a free Word Press blog is likely to induce shrugs and yawns, but here in public radio, where the pace of change can be measured on a geologic scale, it is a fairly big deal.
So please visit our “listener feedback blog” and post something if you are so moved. You can share your thoughts about Senator Kennedy’s illness or respond to WBUR’s coverage of this breaking news story.
And comment here about our decision here. Was Word Press a wise idea? Or are you partial to Blogger? Or is there a better alternative we should have considered?