Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to appear on local talk radio in Grand Forks to discuss the Civil War with host RJ Richards and my colleague and friend Stuart Lawrence. It is a fun experience to share my passion and knowledge with residents of the area and to hear from others that I have a voice for it. This week, RJ’s show came to an end, as he is taking on a job opportunity in the area, which is good for him, but somewhat sad for me, as I really enjoyed going on the show.
That said, I would like to seek out your advice and knowledge to attempt embarking on creating an online radio show devoted to history, including the Civil War, but it would cover other interests as well. So, if you have any experience with this and can offer some guidance as I try to learn more about this concept, I would appreciate it.
March has passed and the posts have been lacking, but that does not mean I have not been doing some interesting things relating to the war. On St. Patrick’s Day, my friend Stuart and I went on the RJ Richards Show on 1310 KNOX AM in Grand Forks. It was our second time on the show, as the first was us talking about the Northern Plains Civil War Round Table. This time, we were on for a whole hour, fielding questions from RJ and his audience. It was awesome and I have been told that I have a voice for radio (thankfully, no one has said I have a face for it). I am considering embarking on podcasting for the blog, which I think would be a new twist for you all.
Speaking of the Round Table, we have gotten a few new members courtesy of our visit to KNOX. We met this past Tuesday and discussed Fort Sumter. The anniversary is coming up this next week, though Fox News indicated that the planned reenactment may be altered from a possible government shutdown. One wonders if the reenactment of the attack will serve other motives beyond historical for the participants. It is a bit ironic to consider the debates over states’ rights today against the issues in Charleston and the US in 1861.
I will be posting a bit more often in the coming weeks as we begin the 150th anniversary of the war and enter the reenacting season. I will also look into setting up some podcasts for your enjoyment. Later this next week, I head back to Illinois for a couple of days, where I will present a paper at the Illinois State History Symposium in Carbondale, so if you are in that area, I invite you to come and check it out. Until next time, keep researching.