I'm a complete and shameless NPR junkie. I listen to their talk programming and podcasts while I work (I love to distract the verbal half of my brain, and let the visual and instinctive part do its job uninterrupted), and it's a huge part of my life. So in thinking about my Memphis landscape, I realized that my audioscape is largely our local public station, WKNO (with a little WEVL music and St. Louis Cardinals broadcasts thrown in). I really wanted to include them in my upcoming Memphis-themed show, and Justin Willingham, my favorite on-air guy and a former student of Elmore's, was kind enough to let me go out and sit in the booth while he worked.
It was fun to get to see the behind the scenes rhythm of a normal day. I'd been interviewed before on the local "Checking on the Arts" show that highlights art happenings around the city, bless them, but it was neat just to see a normal, "All Things Considered" afternoon and watch the preparation that goes into the station breaks. I really appreciated Justin letting me sit in for that, and I ended up quite happy with the sketch as well. It's a departure from my usual landscapes, and that made it fun to do.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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