Listeners Share Love for 'Tell Me More'
MICHEL MARTIN, Host:
And now, it's time for BackTalk, where we lift the curtain on conversations on the TELL ME MORE blog, and get a chance to hear from you. Lee Hill, our Web producer, joins me here in the studio.
Happy New Year, Lee.
LEE HILL: Happy New Year to you, too, Michel. And happy New Year to all of our listeners and our bloggers out there. Now, before the end of 2007, if you can remember that far back, with all of the New Year's toasting, it might be difficult.
MARTIN: Speak for yourself.
HILL: But hey, we brought you a handful of stories we considered fascinating in '07. Like what the year meant for a college football team from Hawaii. Rutgers Women's basketball C. Vivian Stringer and Oprah Winfrey, just to name a few.
But, Michel, here's a funny story. I was surfing the Web one day and noticed that this blogger, Jay(ph) from outside Detroit, made honorable mention of TELL ME MORE on his blog, how about that? - as a highlight of 2007.
Now, take a listen. I caught up with Jay to ask him just how and why he became a fan of our program.
JAY: I listen to a lot of podcasts, and TELL ME MORE was one of them. For a while, I was just thinking of this purely an internet thing. I'm home now on winter break, and I get it on WDET and it was - there's such a strange feeling to be able to drive and turn on the radio and hear the show. I really like the barbershop talks, just because of the fun conversations between a bunch of guys.
As a college student, I really wanted to get an idea of what was going on with minorities, especially in the nation, because there isn't much attention paid to that. So this is a good source for me.
MARTIN: Well, thank you, Jay. Lee, you're sure this isn't your cousin, right?
HILL: He'll be on next week.
MARTIN: Okay. Well, Jay, we're glad we won you over. Anna(ph) from Houston does not have her own blog but she also wanted to let us know what this program has meant to her in the past year.
ANNA: I just wanted to take a moment to express how much I really enjoyed TELL ME MORE. I am a Latina from Houston and I count this program as one of my absolute favorites. Basically, communities of colors share many of the same issues and I identify on hard-hitting issues of racism, et cetera. I always learn so much and it's a privilege to listen to such rich content. Thank you for your enlightening pieces on immigration and diverse interviewees. All I can say is that your production staff is topnotch. And as we say in Spanish - (Speaking in Spanish), respectfully, I take my hat off to you guys.
MARTIN: Lee told me Anna is a former public radio producer, so she knows our hustles. So thank you, Anna.
And you also told us more about who fascinated you in 2007. We've heard from several of you who told us about General David Petraeus, astronaut Joan Higginbotham, NBA star Yao Ming, televangelist TD Jakes and Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul.
HILL: And as I mentioned earlier, we brought you the story of the University of Hawaii's Rainbow Warriors football team as they were preparing to face off in the Sugar Bowl. Now while we're sad to report that after making history with an undefeated season for the first time ever, the men lost to the University of Georgia Bulldogs, 41 to 10 was the score, Michel.
MARTIN: Hey, no shame in their game. They made it that far, guys. We're still proud of you. Thank you, Lee.
HILL: Thank you, Michel.
MARTIN: I'm still proud of you, too, Lee.
HILL: Well, thank you.
MARTIN: To learn more about what made our list as part of TELL ME MORE's fascinating and '07 series, and to tell us more about what you think, got to our Web site at npr.org/tellmemore and blog it out. And Happy New Year.
And that's our program for today.
I'm Michel Martin. You've been listening to TELL ME MORE from NPR News and the African-American Public Radio Consortium. Let's talk more on Monday.