Last Thursday, I interviewed for a producer position at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut. I would be working on their morning show "Where We Live" and supporting their local bits of Morning Edition. I was at the station for NINE hours... sat in on the live show in the morning and a couple of pre-recorded interviews scheduled that day. The highlight for me was recording String Theorie, a Connecticut-based "world fusion" trio. A super talented group. Their drum kit was about 50% homemade and sounded fabulous. They inspired me to scope out the music scene in Hartford and its surrounding areas.
I spent the day with the News Director and Host John Dankosky and Senior Producer Catie Talarski. They are fabulous people and I would love to work with them. I'm not entirely sure what to think about the interview. At some points I felt like a really solid candidate that they wanted to hire. At other points, I felt like they had already chosen someone else and were just humoring me. If I calculated correctly, I am one of four candidates. They are on vacation this week so I will not be expecting a call, but they seemed committed to deciding by the end of June. They seemed concerned that I wouldn't be able to make the move to Hartford as soon as they would need someone. In my thank you note, I tried to say "I will totally drop everything to work for you" as diplomatically as I could. Cross your fingers!
The positive: "I am really glad you came in. You have a lot of the qualities we're looking for."
The negative: "I'll be frank, we are bringing in a lot of interesting people."