This morning, my son Randy was a guest on Cincinnati Radio WEBN's new morning segment, Are You Smarter than Wild Man Walker. Working off the popularity of FOX's game show, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, WEBN was smart enough to give Randy the opportunity to be their first contestant. It didn't hurt that Randy has been emailing them and challenging Wild Man to a sports trivia face-off for several weeks. Even though Randy missed 3 first grade level questions, he managed to beat Wild Man in a nail biter of a competition by knowing that Canada is the second largest country in land mass. Whew! All those student loans and grants are finally paying off.
Randy is a student at the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in Cincinnati and an intern at Clear Channel Radio. He absolutely loved the experience. He said everything right, avoiding the rookie "Umm's" and "Er's" that make TV and radio interviewers cringe. The hosts of the show had a great time teasing him about attending three different colleges. One told him that didn't mean he was smart, just that 3 schools had kicked him out.
But Randy handled himself with humor and aplomb. Nothing rattles him. I have known he was meant for great things since he was two years old and would stand in front of the TV and mimic the weatherman, complete with hand gestures and cold fronts.
He told me after the broadcast he is now sure this is what he wants to do with his life. Who would've thought a child of mine would want to sit behind a mike and talk for a living? You go, Randy. Your mother is very proud of you.