I’m Todd L. Burns, and welcome to Music Journalism Insider, a newsletter about music journalism. Click here to subscribe!
A few weeks ago, I interviewed Trilloquy's Garrett McQueen. This week, it’s co-host Scott Blankenship's turn. In addition to his work on Trilloquy, Scott is on the air with American Public Media, working on video series such as Hop Notes and Classical Kids Storytime, plus mentoring and training new radio hosts. As listeners to Trilloquy* will also know, he spends plenty of time with his dog Radar.
How did you get to where you are today, professionally?
The short answer is...parking. I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, at the time it was a commuter campus. Parking was like big game hunting, if you got there early in the morning and then decided to head off campus for lunch, you'd never get a parking spot anywhere close to the building you needed to be in when you came back. Of course when you're studying broadcasting you need to get an internship for course credit, and there happened to be a public radio station there on campus. That meant I could fulfill the internship requirement AND keep a decent parking spot. I was at KVNO for almost 15 years in various roles, including at one point Assistant Program Director and for 5 years hosted the morning show, Blank's Morning Blend.