Ira Glass (2004) says in his article, “Finally, Alex says that beginners should abandon their ideas way quicker then they usually do. He says that understandably, because they haven’t done many stories, they often blame themselves if a story isn’t working. They try to make it work. They stick with it. They think it’s their fault if they can’t find the story in someone. There’s a myth that everyone has a story, Alex says. Everyone does have a story, sure, but it’s not necessarily a story that should be told on the radio.”
The question that immediately jumped into my head while reading is whether or not Glass would advise that person to revert back to an original abandoned thought once mastering other stories? I would imagine that a beginner in any trade would try and tackle their first couple projects full force with passion unloaded. Would it be wise for someone to return back to an idea that they couldn’t work with before, or is that abandoned idea simply an abandoned idea?
Glass quotes Alex, saying that it’s a myth that everyone’s story to tell isn’t news worthy or appealing enough to gain viewers on the air where’d I’d argue that any story is worthy of going live on the air if the storyteller makes the story worth listening to. For example Vin Scully, the broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers and can make any old story appealing to the ears. Although he is not a radio talk host, commentating a ball game is quite similar to talking on the radio and his stories are as thrilling and grasping as any other radio story you could hear because of his storying telling skills.