I had an interview at Sirius: will tell you more about it later, when I know when it'll air. But I wanted to share what the Sirius offices are like, since anyone who listens is probably really interested.
It's two stories high, in a building just off of Rockefeller Plaza. Nice black sofas in the waiting room, with pics of all the hosts and channels, and then a tasteful stripe of black on the left. Way up above there's flatscreen showing the Sirius satellite orbit, a bottom-heavy figure 8. On the right is a big glass room filled with stools and mike stands: if you've heard someone playing live, they were playing in there.
Most all the recording studios see multiple hosts using it: I'm guessing Stern doesn't, because he's Howard Stern. That black stripe I saw was actually a window into his studio, which looks like it was painted with a grenade stuck in a gallon of bile. Opie and Anthony's studio is shared by Ron and Fez (waved hi to them as I wandered the halls), and Mike Seman and I recorded our Raw Dog interview in Cousin Brucie's digs.
There are lots of other stations, large, medium, small, and itty-bitty (basically phone booths with really nice mikes). And beyond that is the regular office space, with loads of desks where people are quietly talking, broadcasting, saying the things that need to be said over a hundred or so different channels. it's a huge operation, and immaculate: I've seen my share of radio stations, and most of them are places you wouldn't want to eat anything that fell on the floor, or god forbid a chair.
I did a lot of radio in college, and it was a wonderful experience seeing what life at the top is like there now. Made me think of branching career paths, how if I had stuck with radio instead of moving over into writing I might be living a very different life.