Melissa Walker

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 Melissa Walker

NPR: 3 Books on Fashion

nprlogo_138x46.gifThis was kind of a big week for me. I checked off two big items on my Life Dream list!
First, I got to see Oprah (I believe I may have talked about that enough).
fashion_200.jpgSecond, I recorded a radio story for NPR. It was one I wrote about three books I love that have to do with fashion, and how ingenuity and innovation always rule over riches, even in the world of runways and supermodels.
vintagela_200.jpgWalking into the NPR building on 42nd Street was exciting! It was 8am, and I was told by the producer to drink a lot of water. I did! But not enough. My voice was still raspy on the first couple of runthroughs. Finally, it cleared a little, and I was told to slow down, take deep breaths, relish the words I’d written as I spoke.
dv_200.jpgMan, it was hard! The radio tech was awesome–very encouraging and kind. She told me that she’d once been to Diana Vreeland’s apartment to tape a show with the legendary fashion editor. And she was very encouraging and kind as I recorded my piece.
As I walked back to the subway, I was giddy. NPR! Me! Dream come true.
I hope you guys can take a read or listen to the show, which aired on All Things Considered on Thursday night. If you like it, recommend it or comment?
Also, thanks to Amber, who wrote about Violet on the Runway last year for NPR, and inadvertently opened the door for this opportunity!

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3 Comments

  1. That is so awesome! Congratulations! You sounded like a pro. Not only can you check this one off your list, you can make it a check-plus.
    And, man oh man, what I would give to have that announcer dude’s voice for one day–or at least long enough to record all of my voice messages/greetings.

  2. Beth Kephart says:

    You deserve these big weeks, these big moments. And I love living vicariously through you. Going to take a listen later this afternoon, when I clear some work off my desk (and make the brownies for my neighbors!)

  3. Tiff says:

    Congrats! I’m so behind on this blog, but what a thrill to get to see Oprah and record for NPR! I know from working in radio how tough it can be to record a story. Great job!
    Also, just to let you know, I got my copy of Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti this week. Thanks SO much!

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