Interview Instructions for Talk Shoe


Thanks for agreeing to appear as a guest on the Taproot Radio Show. These instructions will tell you everything you need to know about the logistics of participating in the interview. If you have any questions, call Calvin on his mobile number (919) 622-6382 or email him. (

Your interview will take place on a conference call service called TalkShoe. Here is the information you need to dial into the conference call:

  • Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
  • Call ID: 45129#
  • PIN#: 1#
    to enter the conference call as a guest.

Note: when you enter the conference call, you will hear a message that says the call is being recorded. But we won’t start the interview until we have had a chance to chat and go over the plan for the interview.

Unfortunately, this is not a toll-free number.

The Interview – Calvin will lob some softball questions to you. The interview is a conversation, not a confrontation so relax. Also, this is not a job interview. Telling a good story is far more important than being complete. So if any question or part of the conversation triggers a good memory or story you’d like to share, go for it!

Calvin will ask you to pick three songs from your latest release to play on the show and ask you to set them up for the listeners. (e.g., what’s the back story for the song? How’d it get written? Is there anything special to listen for in the music? etc.) Your discussion of the songs is the most important part of the interview so think about what you’d like to say about the songs you pick.

We will not actually play the songs during your interview because music sounds terrible on the conference call system. The tracks you pick will be added in post production. Calvin will ask you to set up the song. Say whatever it is you want to say about the song and then just stop talking. We’ll leave a few seconds of silence in and then Calvin will resume the interview.

At the end of the interview you’ll get a general question along like “How can listeners find out more about you?” This is your chance to promote a web site, CD, tour, etc.

Reminders, Gotchas, and Just In Cases:

  • If the call drops during the conversation for any reason., try to dial back into the conference call system. If you can’t for some reason, call Calvin on his mobile number. (See above). If we can complete the interview, the technical difficulties can be edited out for the podcast.

The Podcast
The interview will be recorded and edited for the podcast. The podcast episode will not be published until 3 or 4 weeks after your interview. If you’d like to have your episode published by a particular date in order to coordinate with another media event, etc., let Calvin know.

When your episode is published, Calvin will mail a link to the podcast episode page to you. If it’s possible for you to share the link on your Facebook Page, web site, MySpace page etc. that would be very much appreciated. When the episode is published, it will also show up on the  iTunes Taproot Radio page.

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