Talking Pittsburgh with Bob Bruce
It looks like I neglected to let local readers know when the WPXI interview I mentioned in a previous post was scheduled to air — apologies all around for that. At any rate, it aired this past Saturday at 6 a.m., and was supposedly re-aired a number of times on PCNC (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel — Non-Stop News!) And although it turned out much better than I expected it to, I’m not sure it was anything I would have recommended getting out of bed early for. I didn’t even bother to watch it myself until two or three in the afternoon — partly out of fear that I had permanently and irretrievably humiliated myself on TV, and partly because I slept in late. And partly because my fake girlfriend-slash-temporary roommate owns a digital video recorder, an absolutely magical device that I will never again watch television without.
At any rate, according to Jonas, the show’s producer, I’ve got a burned DVD copy of the appearance coming to me in the mail, so I’ll see about posting the clip to You Tube and then transfering it here.
And what was the actual television experience like? Not bad, although I didn’t exactly get a limo ride to the studio if you know what I mean. Nor was there a green room. Or if there was, I didn’t see the inside of it. In fact I was so taken aback by the blandness and normality of the breakroom, where I lounged while waiting to be called into the studio by Jonas, that I decided to document it as proof. In the photos below you’ll see a soft drink vending machine, a gross coffee vending machine, and a candy bar vending machine. Note the old-school coffee lid holders to the left of the candy bar machine. Nasty!
Anyway, I suppose all of that is a bit beside the point. The show’s very kind host, Bob Bruce, seemed to be almost in awe of my little creation, and he went so far as to recommend that every person viewing, whether tourist, temporary resident or long-time local, should race out immediately and pick up a copy of my book post haste. It occurs to me now, in fact, that should Bob happen to stumble across this particular post, he might be somewhat offended that I’ve had the gumption to make fun of his employer’s candy machines on the internet. (Sorry Bob! I was totally joking actually!)
And actually, now that I think of it, Bob did mention to me right before I left for home that WPXI is in the process of building a brand-new, high-tech, state-of-the-art studio in another part of town (can’t remember where). I believe it’s supposed to be opened and operational within three or four months. But whatever the place ends up looking like, let us hope — for the comfort and sanity of the station’s future guests — that it is not home to a coffee break station as rusty and cringe-worthy as its current one, pictured below. (Picture deleted, so sorry.) You may find yourself asking: “Are they serious with that non-dairy creamer?” To which I can only answer: Dear God! Let us hope not.