Team Aaberg – KCRW’s 24 Hour Radio Race – program 48
On Saturday, August 17 Phil, Jake and Patty Aaberg participated in the KCRW 24 Hour Radio Race, along with approximately 200 other teams. Everyone received the topic “The Last Thing You’d Expect” at 10am PST and we had 24 hours to write, record, edit and upload a 6 minute non-fiction radio story. Twelve hours later all teams received a bonus element in the form a photo – extra credit is given for incorporating it somehow into the story.
This month we go behind the scenes and follow our participation in the race – the making of “The Long View from a Little Town”
As soon as we heard the theme on Saturday morning, we knew what our radio entry would be: our story. We live in the farmstead house in which Phil grew up, on Main Street. Our recording studio and bed & breakfast are attached. We have truly traded urban life for extra-rural life out on the high plains of North Central Montana. The bonus element – as one of the shapes of Platonic solids, twenty-sided die are associated with water. A perfect reference for dry land wheat farming! A train came through town just as we recorded the credits, at the end of a fun and long day working on this project.
And we love synchronicity – 48 hours after recording the show and discussing “how you know you’re almost home” up on Facebook pops a photo of the Reedley, CA rooster – Patty’s childhood-almost-home icon. It was at Hofer’s Egg Factory just before you crossed the Kings River into Reedley.