I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Jennifer Napier-Pearce along with Ethan Millard for today’s podcast distributed by InsideUtah. The topic was the newly named Energy Solutions Arena, formerly known as the Delta Center and home to NBA team the Utah Jazz.
Seeing as how I didn’t realize it was a podcast and wasn’t prepare to have my voice recorded (I thought it was going to be for a newspaper or some other print publication) I thought I did all right on my first voyage into the world of audio. I know I said “um” at least once, which I pride myself on not saying, and I may have started rambling in one or two places, but it didn’t sound nearly as bad upon listening to it as I was expecting. I was perfectly ready to react in horror to my own voice and cry out “Good corn! Do I really sound like that?”
Ethan and I seemed to agree on everything, which probably doesn’t make for as interesting of a piece as it would have been had we ended up swearing at each other and issuing threats. The gist of the interview was this–having a radioactive waste processing company as the sponsor of Utah’s largest sports venue is likely to nullify the any positive effects of Utah’s multi-million dollar re-branding and advertising campaign. Whether Energy Solutions is a good company providing a valuable services or not isn’t the point, the point is that they deal with radioactive waste. Garbage disposal companies also provide a valuable service that I thoroughly appreciate, but I wouldn’t want the name of the venue to be the Waste Management Arena either.