Friday, April 21, 2006

Episode Twenty-Five

It's a TGIF commute as Ravi and Sonia welcome the co-host to the venerable New England television news magazine Chronicle, Mary Richardson (as well as a trailing camera crew.) Plus, the first instance of road rage on DriveTime and an impromptu trek to the zoo.

(QuickTime, 08:50)


Blogger Brad said...

Excellent as usual. Ravi,I love the shirt.

DriveTime is my new addiction. I really should be doing something else right now, like eating breakfast.

Friday, April 21, 2006 8:41:00 AM  
Blogger Ravi said...

brad, we just had breakfast! A DriveTime "Power Viewer Tip" for you... watch DriveTime *and* eat your breakfast at the same time.

A true convergence of consumption!

Friday, April 21, 2006 8:45:00 AM  
Blogger malindapants said...

I live DriveTime. I love DriveTime. I have some dirt on one of the hosts, so when can I be on to dish?

Friday, April 21, 2006 9:47:00 AM  
Blogger java bean rush said...

Great! You're back.

Ravi, I agreed with the sentiment in your response to Ms. Richardson's description of shows like yours as threats to mainstream media.

Vlog shows are not necessarily substitutes for other kinds of media, but are just another viewing option.

Ravi and Sonia, keep up the good work.

Friday, April 21, 2006 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger Ravi said...

malindapants -- any dirt will be pre-screened in the normal, rigorous DriveTime pre-screening guest process. Information is power, they say...

Well stated, java bean rush!

Friday, April 21, 2006 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa. Another report on a reporter doing a report about our favorite drivetime reporters.

Makes my head spin.

I thought you showed great restraint when she opened conversation by talking smack about the studio. I don't know if I could take that from little miss traditional media with her copious advertising revenue.

I love DriveTime (and spring in Boston)

Friday, April 21, 2006 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Ravi said...

anonymous -- I don't think Mary was demeaning Studio-A. She genuinely seemed to be in the right spirit to "go along for the ride".

Overall, this "reporter experience" was a lot more fun than the previous one (but then again, I wasn't on the verge of severe illness).

Friday, April 21, 2006 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Garfield said...

Hi Ravi,
I thouroughly enjoyed this episode featuring Mary Richardson.

She was a genuine interestign and fun guest.

And the road rage! The horror!

Now I'm looking forward to seeing the Chronicle Episode featuring DriveTime. When will it be on? August?

Let me know when you drive through the zoo. I'd like to be there for that!

Friday, April 21, 2006 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Ravi said...

steve -- those road ragers were out to get us! I was afraid we'd get the first DriveTime Rearending.

I've no idea when Chronicle will air, but once I know I'll post that info on this site (or Raviblog).

Our zoo magic will happen... as soon as the zoo gets back to me. Come on zoo!

Friday, April 21, 2006 12:00:00 PM  
Blogger malindapants said...

If you pre-screen dirt, it's still dirt. Everyone wants to know the host better, that's what I say.

Friday, April 21, 2006 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger TedSox said...

Ravi and Sonia,
Can't wait for the zoo episode. Going to the zoo tomorrow. Jane Goodall is going to be there: (

Mary Richardson was great, but imagine landing Dr. Jane Goodall as a guest! Monkeys schmonkeys. She could deliver gorillas!

Friday, April 21, 2006 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Joe C said...

I think this interview was better than the Beyond Tomorrow one. As you said then, "Where's the spontaneity?".

The patter with Sonia, false starts, out-takes and near-accidents are a lot of what make DT so engaging.

Wow, though, Mary's producer could use a chill pill. Like, skip the second Starbucks, girlfriend.


Friday, April 21, 2006 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Ravi + Sonia,

I think this was the best episode yet. You guys have the unique ability to set your guest at ease. I was surprised to see a main stream TV personality acting so loose in the DriveTime studio. A wacky producer sideways shot is something that I completely understand (being 'one' myself).

Great stuff! You have the magic formula and right balance on this one.


Friday, April 21, 2006 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger Ravi said...

malindapants silkwood -- let's talk (I'll bring a duffel of cash).

ted sox -- talk us up at the zoo. "Come on zoo!" I'll only let a gorilla in the car if he has a little purple hat and bowtie on.

joe c -- there was a very good vibe going on with this one and the production crew was much more akin to the DriveTime school of production than the Beyond Tomorrow school of production (not to slight BT!) Mary's producer was indeed a hoot!

ken -- I forgot about the DriveTime formula. Does this mean we stop now?! The wacky sideways shot had an eerie similarity to the exit of NEBSRA's Huck a few months ago. More clues for the DriveTime continuity hounds!

Friday, April 21, 2006 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous jonnydock said...

Maybe the "road rage" driver was just an over zealous DriveTime fan trying to get on the show!

Friday, April 21, 2006 2:07:00 PM  
Blogger Ravi said...

jonnydock -- shock tactics like running yours truly off the road will do nothing to get one on DriveTime!

Friday, April 21, 2006 2:44:00 PM  
Blogger Steve Garfield said...

In your reply to tedsox, you said:

"I'll only let a gorilla in the car if he has a little purple hat and bowtie on."

I'd add diaper to that list of demands. ;-)

Saturday, April 22, 2006 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous joe c said...

Speaking of apes in the car, here's the perfect accessory for Studio A.


Saturday, April 22, 2006 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Tristan said...

I love DriveTime!

Sunday, April 23, 2006 3:58:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...


Monday, April 24, 2006 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

One of the things I really love about DriveTime - and noticed in this episode - is the balance between the structured talk show format and the behind-the-scenes moments that remind us that you're in a car. Great episode, great guest, bring on the monkeys!

Monday, April 24, 2006 2:10:00 AM  
Blogger Ravi said...

Nice steve!

joe c -- we need that monkey!

thanks tristan -- I want to see that on a T-shirt!

brian -- "Fascinating" Starpower, I would add.

thanks melanie -- the early returns on this episode indicate a good balance of banter/guest/auto! And yes, everyone lobby anyone influential you know to BRING ON THE MONKEYS! (note -- that's not Monkees, but I would welcome them, as well).

Monday, April 24, 2006 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ravi: What's up with that little eye-roll you do at the beginning when Sonia talks about her shirt? Don't mean to get you in trouble. Love the program.

Monday, April 24, 2006 4:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Jeshii said...

Don't fear the robots! They are cuddly and play music and take care of old people!

Sunday, April 30, 2006 9:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Stefan said...

Great episode, and I liked the Chronicle producer!

You should have another NE celebrity in Studio A: The Phantom Gourmet! You could digitally "fog" his/her face to preserve the mystery.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 2:45:00 PM  

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