I will certainly remember the Stay Home-Stay Healthy directive that closed the physical locations of most businesses and schools in mid-March. We learned overnight how to telecommute to work, homeschool our children online, and visit with our medical providers via screen devices. As we had previously scheduled guests set to record interviews for our Salem History Matters radio program when it became necessary to close the KMUZ studios, it was time to get creative to allow the recording to proceed. Thus, my "satellite studio" was developed.
Both interviews recorded that day have aired successfully, but we don't plan to conduct further interviews in this manner. It is less than ideal to conduct phone interviews as you cannot "read" the guest, nor can you enjoy the back-and-forth flow of conversation that occurs when you are seated together due to the limitations of the technology. But it was important to get these stories out into the public arena where they can move from person to another. We'll be airing encore episodes until the real studios can open once again.
Now, five or six weeks (or is it seven or eight--time seems to blur?) into this new life, I have adjusted better and have found ways to feel connected, apart. Not that I'm boasting, but I've completed six 1000-1500-piece jigsaw puzzles single-handedly, which I then swap with my across-the-street neighbors--using the appropriate social distancing, of course--for those they have completed.
We are being tested. Let's strive for a good outcome--one that lasts for more than a news cycle. Take care. We'll be back together yet again.