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Interview with Vicki St. Clair
Acct. ID: 99809
Notice ID: 15564
Posted: February 27th., 2008
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Proclaimed by: Patricia Telesco
Proclaimed from: Amherst, New York
I have recently become acquainted with Vicki St. Clair (Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair) who is creating
innovative, inspiring and motivational radio shows in Seattle WA
(KKNW) that also stream live on the internet. I believe many of our members would enjoy the spiritually upbeat and friendly content of her show, which is diligently researched and driven by someone with real heart.
Vicki is interested in doing other interviews or chats, and her
contact information is included in this interview - so please help her network so that her good efforts can continue.
1. Why did you choose Radio as a media and what do you think of the future of talk radio as a whole? Why is it important to grass roots America?
Actually, radio chose me. I'd worked in visual media, producing
documentary film, writing for video and TV commercials etc. And I was contacted by an executive producer who was looking for someone to host one of his programs. I remember being very suspicious and thinking "Why me? I've never done radio ..." But he had apparently read a series of articles that I'd written several years before and liked what I'd done with the interviews, and was looking for the same kind of approach in live talk radio. So of course, I decided to give it a try and loved hosting!
Our goal is to provide an alternative to the shock-jock, opinionated extremists that - quite frankly - I can't stand listening to. We aim to bring our listeners content that can help them live better lives, become their best selves. And we look for guests whose work and personal journeys help to inspire, inform, and stimulate. We want our shows to lift and inspire. Life can get tough, and I'm all about living well, living strong.
2. You've covered a diversity of unique, challenging, an inspirational topics on your show. Can you tell us a little about the kinds of topics you choose and why?
I covered this a little in #1, but to add to that, I personally select
every guest that comes on the show. I look for topics that inspire,
inform, and/or stimulate. So when I'm selecting a professional (could be business/career, health/fitness, personal development) , I look for someone who has proven expertise, proven results, and tangible tools and resources to share with our listeners. But I also look for ordinary people who have created extraordinary lives, like Helen Thayer, a former nurse who became a National Geographic explorer. Or a husband and father who gave up his day job selling cameras to sail around the world taking photographs; he's now one of Canada's most
renowned photographers. And author Ann Rule, who went from being a police offer, to a struggling single mom, to having 26 books on the NYT bestsellers' list.
3. What have been some of your most memorable moments in Radio?
Oh… good question. I think the most memorable moments for me come outside of the show … when someone in a store, or at a luncheon, comes up to me because they've recognized my voice or name, and they want to share that a particular show helped them make a positive turn in their life. Then of course there are the panic moments, because we're LIVE on air. I remember interviewing someone on meditation, and he was so
passive that I thought he was actually falling asleep on air. I tried
everything to get him revved up and was really glad when that hour was up.
4. You've worn many hats in life -- can you tell us a little about
your background and how it eventually lead to doing Conversations Live with Vicki St. Clair?
I'd worked in my parents businesses, since I was small kid, so by the time I was 25 I already had a lot of really great experience in the business world. I decided to try the corporate world when I moved to a new city, and got a job as a typist at a major bank (even thought I couldn't type!) .
Six months later they made me supervisor, and when I left England and moved to America, I took a job as a branch manager in California. Was great experience, but after five years, I wanted out. I was always a round peg in a square hole and although I was very successful at what I did, it no longer excited me. I was constantly frustrated and felt repressed. Eventually, I went back to school (while I still worked at the bank) to play around with some ideas … I took my Real Estate license, my Stockbroker's license. But I decided that if I was gong to
make a career change – if I was going to give up a secure, well paid job, with a lot of seniority – then I was going to do what I was really passionate about. And that was writing.
So I moved to Seattle (where I knew no one) with the goal of creating a new life on my terms. I went to Documentary Film school, began freelancing as a writer; and things evolved form there. I always try to remain open to new possibilities and not put limitations on myself. That philosophy ultimately led to me hosting my first radio show …and then becoming executive producer of this show.
5. For people inside Washington State, where do they "dial" and at what times to hear you? For people outside Washington, how do they find your live streaming on the internet?
Mondays at noon PST. We're broadcast throughout the Pacific Northwest region, as far north as Victoria, and as far south as Olympia. And people can also listen to the live broadcast via their computers. Live in the Northwest at: KKNW am1150 or in High Definition at: 98.9 HD3
Or stream live by clicking the LISTEN LIVE button.
Podcasts can be heard at http://conversationslive.net/
6. Looking to the next two years, what is your vision for your show - what would you like to see happen in terms of audience and subject matter/interviews?
I plan to do more field work, so we'll take the show out on to the
streets to introduce more human interest segments. And I obviously want the show to grow in terms of audience, and plan to continue developing the quality of our content and delivery options, including video clips and interactive options. I'm putting together a team of people right now to help take us to the next level. Any takers?
7. Is there anything else you'd like to share with our Group -- fun,
interesting, curious, controversial?
I think it's important to have fun and not take yourself too
seriously. And to experience as much of life as possible. At the end of the day, what really matters for me is having people I love in my life; and trying to make a difference through my work, no matter how small that may be.
8. If people would like to reach you for a chat, blog, or interview on other sites, how should they go about doing that?
Drop me an email at Vicki@ConversationsLive.net.
Thanks for your interesting questions!
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