Diabetes Connections – The Podcast
Did you ever have an idea that you just couldn’t get out of your head? I’ve been thinking about a new way to talk about diabetes for a while now. I’m excited to announce the launch of my new podcast, Diabetes Connections.
I’ve made a living interviewing people and talking into a microphone. Broadcast journalism is what I always wanted to do; I’m one of those lucky people who knew their career path in 7th grade. They had the local community college TV equipment in my middle school and if you showed up early you could fool around and do newscasts and announcements. I think we just read the local paper out loud, but we got to sit in the anchor chair and look into camera 2. I was hooked.
After college, I spent ten years as a TV anchor/reporter and then ten more as a morning radio news host. We were the News-Weather-Traffic station, my show aired from 5-9am. It was a blast but the hours were horrible. I had to wake up at 3am to get to work. After a decade, I decided to make a change and work for myself.
I loved my new schedule but I missed the interviews. I would listen to podcasts while walking my dog or driving around and find myself yelling out questions, or imaging who I would interview. It was like when I was a kid again, making up shows I would record on my cassette tape recorder at home. Of course, the technology’s changed a bit since then! One day, I realized I could make the show I wanted to hear.
Diabetes Connections features prominent advocates, authors and speakers each week. My first few interviews include the people behind the Diabetes Unconference, Bigfoot Biomedical and my fellow Animas Hero Kerri Sparling from Six Until Me. Coming up, I’m talking to Sierra Sandison, who sparked #showmeyourpump on social media when she wore hers in the Miss America Pageant. She’s finishing her year as Miss Idaho and has a lot to say about what’s next.
I’m also really excited about what I call the “Community Connection.” I’m talking with people who may not have a blog or a book but who have a lot to say about living with diabetes. You’ll hear about funny connections made in random ways, parents deciding how much freedom to give their kids with diabetes and teenagers who flip that conversation around. Stories from everyday people, although I’m struggling with that term. There’s really nothing ordinary about living with diabetes.
The show will focus mostly on T1D but I will feature interviews and information on all types of diabetes. I’ll also guide and encourage listeners to find their own local real-life diabetes connections. Diabetes can be a very isolating condition. Knowing we’re not alone goes a long way to making it easier to live with. I hope the podcast helps someone feel that they have some connection, even if they don’t know anyone with diabetes.
It’s been hard to go from working with a producer, a technical producer and an engineer on staff to just me with my laptop. Two people in particular have gone above and beyond to help. Christopher Snider gave me terrific advice early on and The Connecticut School in Broadcasting here in Charlotte (yep) helped me find my editor Stephen. I also want to thank my awesome announcer, John Causby of Groundcrew Studios.
Please take a listen. Consider subscribing and leave a review as well. Love to know what you think, good or bad, and what you’d like to hear. There are a lot of interesting stories out there. I want to bring them to you.