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FSN Takes to the Airwaves to Plug The Charlies



Radio host Laurie Fisk on air at 950AM in Eden Prairie.

I’ve done radio interviews before, but never when I actually got to sit in a studio with a headset on (one ear covered, one ear bare so you can hear what’s going on around you) and talk into a foam-covered mic that looks like the diffuser attachment for my hair dryer. 

As I left for my 9 a.m. Saturday timeslot, December 16, on 950 AM, I didn’t stress over what to wear or whether to dry my hair, because it was radio. Little did I know that host Laurie Fisk and her team live stream the video of the interview on the station’s Facebook page. The all-news radio station is the former Air America Minnesota where new voices at the time, such as Al Franken, tackled the airwaves. 

It’s fitting that Fisk’s show is called, Connections, because Laurie and I had met years ago in her capacity as the membership director for the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance. She had read the December issue of Foodservice News and invited me come talk about some of her favorite stories, glamping at Wunderbar Eatery & Glampgrounds in Grand Marais and the history of the fruitcake—which is much more interesting than one would think.

While I love to talk about Foodservice News, I really wanted the opportunity to introduce Fisk’s audience to the Charlie Awards, the Academy Awards-style show, FSN is producing for the local foodservice community. The live show with awards, music, foodcentric comedy and an afterparty is taking place Sunday, February 25, at the Pantages Theater in downtown Minneapolis, starting at 3:30 After the show, everyone will adjourn to Seven Steakhouse next door (note: no having to cross icy streets or repark to get to the afterparty at the IDS Center as in years past).

Tickets can be purchased by going to the website, www.charliesexceptionale.com or by calling 612-767-3229. Cost is just $25 for the show and afterparty, with proceeds going to the Charlies’ charity of choice: Open Arms, a nonprofit that delivers healthy, made-from-scratch meals to people coping with life-threatening diseases. A VIP dinner will be held two weeks later, March 12, at Open Arms, where guests have a chance to visit with current and past winners.

If you want to hear the whole (or part of) interview here's the link: http://www.am950radio.com/events/connections-radio/

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