Friday, June 18, 2010

I have ISSUES!

I'm sure some of you are thinking, "Yeah, sure, Kornacki. We already know that." After you recover from the thunderous retort of a raspberry blown in your general direction, you'll surely recognize that I'm speaking of my appearance yesterday on Issues, Etc!

I have to admit that, when Jeff asked me to appear as one of the participants on a pastor's roundtable to discuss the Fifth Commandment, I nearly said no. And having said yes, I was very nervous. The old joke is that someone has a face for radio. Well, I have a face for radio and a voice for newspaper. In addition, I don't always think well on my feet. My strength is in writing, and I like to have a script in front of me when I speak.

But Todd and Jeff made it very easy for me. Jeff likened the experience to sitting around with a bunch of pastors in a diner and talking theology, and then noticing that the people in booths around you are listening in on your conversation. I do that all the time, in the past with the guys down in New Orleans, and now with Pastor Buetow from DuQuoin. Todd has a very calming demeanor in the studio, and he's got the experience to ease his guests through a bumpy spot here or there. It also helped that I didn't appear alone. Pastor Steve Sommerer of Messiah Lutheran in Carlyle, Illinois, was in the studio with me, while Pastor Ernie Lassman of Messiah Lutheran in Seattle, Washington joined us over the phone. Both of these men had been guests before, and their experience made me more comfortable.

If they ask me back--and both Todd and Jeff said they would--I would be honored to be a guest again. And if they ask you and you're worried about it, don't be. It's a lot less painful than being a parrot who is thrown against a wall! (Let the listener understand!)

To navigate to the Issues Etc. page and listen to my first appearance, click here! And if you're not a regular listener to the show, it's time to become one!

1 comment:

Heather Seierstad said...

Congratulations! Since I've been camping, I'm behind on my shows, but I'll definitely have to listen to this one. Glad you had a good time! I saw Todd and Jeff last year at the Lutherans for Life conference in St. Louis, and I was so star-struck that I was too shy to say hi! :)