So SEVEN finally launched its inaugural radio show on WRN. It aired on May 27 at 7 p.m. It was really something to have to put together. My background is in print journalism, so capturing audio via interviews, engineering the audio once captured and whatnot is not really my thing. It's also didn't come naturally to me. LOL The journalism part was easy so I knew which bits of audio to keep and what to edit out. It was everything else I wasn't so good at, like ensuring the voice recording equipment was set to recording levels so as to ensure the quality of the interviews was optimal and knowing how to use the editing software once I had all my interviews completely. Fortunately, I'm not the type to give up in the face of adversity. In fact, if someone tells me I can't do something I really like making them eat their words. It's a pretty satisfying feeling. What I've learned in my lifetime about taking on new challenges when faced with a tight deadline is to just relax, take a deep breath and then start taking the problem apart in my mind and then going from there. I've also done the opposite: start freaking out, hyperventilating and throwing a spectacular tantrum when the solution doesn't present itself easily to me. You never really get very far with the tantrum. It just makes you feel helpless and frustrated. I think it's all in the mind. If you say "wow a good challenge! I'm up for it!" and then you go from there, you will be able to pick the problem apart and you will be able to do it faster then if you were treating the problem as if it was a threat to you. I'm happy because I feel healthier and stronger after this learning experience. The radio show was interesting, we had a youth from Attawapiskat who writes really great music and sings. Adrian Sutherland talks about where he's from and of his life in the First Nations north in his music. His voice is really vibrant and carries itself really well. We also had elders talk about how food was prepared before our people really adopted conventional kitchen appliances and western pots, pans, dishes and utensils. Man, it was really something to learn about how our people ate, prepared and stored their food. What I learned from those interviews is that we really have to give ourselves, as a people, more credit for how inventive and resourceful we were and still are. We're awesome!