I realize that this is extremely short notice, but I would like to inform you all that I will be featured in a story concerning music blogs that will air on National Public Radio's All Things Considered news program tonight (Wednesday, December 30, 2009) around 4:45 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Freelance reporter Joel Rose conducted an interview with me a few weeks ago, and I think he'll be using some soundbites from my rambling comments about reissuing rare music and how sites like this one are helping underappreciated musicians find a larger audience. Check it out.
You can read a little blurb (where I'm quoted a few times) about this story here on NPR's website.
Also, if you can't catch the story when it is originally broadcast, you can go to this page on NPR's website to stream it to your computer. Scroll down a bit until you come to the podcast with the title "Obscure Music Finds An Outlet On The Web."
I'll be honest and tell you that I had mixed feelings about providing an interview for this story. While I'm excited about the additional exposure that NPR will bring to this blog, I'm also concerned that such attention might also bring the wrong kind of visitors here. You know, the kind of visitors that cause blogs to get shut down. In the end, I decided that it was worth the risk. As much as I love doing this blog, I've always viewed it as a vehicle to help my writings get noticed. If the exposure that the NPR story will provide leads to Record Fiend getting axed but also gives me additional opportunities for professional writing gigs, then that might be a fair trade-off as far as I'm concerned. So this could be the beginning of the end or, hopefully, the beginning of bigger and better things.
As long as I'm up on my soapbox, I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have left comments during the last few weeks as well as those who have recently become followers of Record Fiend. I really appreciate that kind of attention, and it inspires me to keep posting rare albums for your listening pleasure (and nagging my contributors to do the same).