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Robert on NPR this morning

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Published: July 10, 2008 at 5:56 AM

I was a guest on National Public Radio's Bryant Park Project show this morning, in case anyone heard it. And, if not, the audio from the interview will be up on the show's website.

Doing interviews with live east-coast news shows is one of the few downsides to living on the west coast. I got up at 5:30 this morning to do the show, which airs in morning drive time out east.

At least it was radio, so I could stay in my jammies and do the show on the phone from my living room. I did CNN's "American Morning" a couple years back and had to get dressed and go to the network's studios in Hollywood at 5 am for that one. (Appearing awake while on TV at that hour should have earned me some sort of acting award.)

Readers' Opinions

From Gareth H on July 10, 2008 at 7:22 AM
Congrats Robert, any audio link to share with us?
From Brian Emery on July 10, 2008 at 8:41 AM
I just listened to it and I was surprised you forgot to mention Cedar as another great park outside of Orlando….. Dohhh!!
From Brandon Mendoza on July 10, 2008 at 8:42 AM
Awesome! Good to know that NPR recognizes this website (and Robert of course!) as a legitimate source of info.
From Robert Niles on July 10, 2008 at 9:56 AM
We were trying to steer the segment toward the theme-heavy parks, and not toward the coaster parks, so that's why I went with the Legoland/Dollywood/BGE trio.

In a less-than-10-minute segment you've gotten pick and choose. For example, we didn't even get to any money-saving tips, which usually is standard in these sorts of interviews.

I could do a half-hour show on the topic every week and not run out of stuff for a looong while!

But not at 5:30 am. ;-)

From Max LaZebnik on July 10, 2008 at 11:30 AM
congrats on appearing on NPR!!!! i can't wait to listen to you talking about theme parks!!!
From James Rao on July 10, 2008 at 9:25 PM
That was a pretty cool interview....and it somehow seemed to legitimize our collective theme park "geekiness"!

"Busch Gardens America will probably end up in Dubai" - great line, Mr. Niles!

From Justin Moore on July 11, 2008 at 12:52 PM
Great interview, so effortless! Would've never thought it was 5:30. I'm loving the trend towards "theme parks," good nods to Dolly and BGE.

May be putting my ignorance on display, but I didn't know the bit about Six Flags' origin - very informative!

From Robert Niles on July 11, 2008 at 5:07 PM
The Six Flags question didn't come up in the pre-interview, either. It was cold, which is, uh, typically not something you find with factual questions in a live feature interview. With a non-politician, at least.
From Joshua Counsil on July 11, 2008 at 5:21 PM
The interview never loaded for me, no matter how many times I refreshed it or how long I waited.

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