Yesterday evening I did an hour long stint on Radio Norfolk taking to Drivetime presenter Nick Conrad about my favourite records - it was a bit like Desert Island Discs, I suppose. It was quite enjoyable apart from the fact that I committed a cardinal sin of media training.
I did the live interview from a studio at Millbank and therefore had to wear headphones. When the studio engineer came through and I spoke to him I could hear my own voice in the headphones about a second after I had spoken. I assumed that wouldn't be the case when I was talking to the presenter and didn't say anything about it. Boy was I wrong. I spent the whole hour having to talk and listen to myself with a slight time delay. I couldn't remove the headphones because I wouldn't have been able to hear if Nick Conrad interrupted me.
I hoped that while a record was playing either the studio or the presenter would come on so I could tell them what was happening, but neither did.
So I just gritted my teeth, tried to go temporarily deaf, and got on with it. I have learned the lesson!
I could tell you now what records I chose, but frankly you can probably guess...