Guess Who Was On the Really Real Radio? Hint: It Was Me.

I got to spend Friday afternoon hanging out in Hugh Hewitt’s office. His radio office, that is, not his law office, which I have no desire to visit as I hope to never need a trial attorney. But if I did, I’d try to get Hugh Hewitt to represent me, because dang that dude is smart.

But I’d rather not need a trial lawyer.

Anyway. I got to bum around the recording studio for the Hugh Hewitt Show, which was being guest-hosted that day by my friend Larry O’Connor. Friday morning, when I was in the middle of doing Top 7 with Ashley, Larry pinged me to ask if I wanted to do a segment on the show. Um, hello, yes please.

So I said something along the lines of, “YEESSSSS!!!” and then told him that next time he hosted to give me some notice because I wouldn’t mind driving up to LA to go in-studio. Larry told me that it was Irvine, not LA, and I had an invitation. Irvine is way closer to San Diego than LA. It just so happened that Leif was working from home, so I didn’t have to worry about the kids, and I asked him if he minded if I went, and he said, “Go! Be smart. Be funny. Be cute. Be you.”

Side note – I love that man.

Wrapped up Top 7, hopped in the shower, did some quick hair and make-up, then hit the road. When I got there, it was 2:55, and the show started at 3. I called Larry to find out where exactly I was going, and he came out to get me, and then we RAN back to the studio, where he fell into the chair behind the mic just in time to start hosting a nationally syndicated talk radio show.

Sometimes my timing is impeccable.

Hugh wasn’t there, but his crew was, and it was lovely to meet them. I’ve been following his producer Duane Patterson for a while on Twitter, but I didn’t think he’d have any clue who I was, because really, why would he?

“Hi, I’m Jenny! Nice to meet you!”

“Duane,” he said, shaking my hand, and then added with a wink and a smile, “This is Salem. You can’t say dipsh!t on air.”

In case you didn’t know (and I didn’t until last summer), Salem is the Christian broadcasting network that runs The Hugh Hewitt Show. And on Thursday night, Duane had been on Larry’s regular Internet radio show. And Thursday is when I do my weekly Quickie with Jenny on The Larry O’Connor Show. And I had said that particular cuss word on that particular show, which is actually pretty unusual for me. I rarely cuss on air or in print, saving those words for the most impact when the situation calls for it. It totally called for it on Thursday.

So now I’m apparently the girl that says dipsh!t on the radio. But I do know better than to do that on a Salem drive time show. Give me some credit, Duane!

It was all kinds of awesome watching the behind the scenes stuff … Adam with the hand signals from the room with all kinds of technical-looking equipment, Duane with the 30-second warnings in the headphones, Larry forgetting to push the button to bring a caller on, because he’s used to his producer Meredith Dake doing that for him … it was very cool.

During the second hour, a real-live congressman came in for a live interview, and I got to sit right next to him. Representative John Campbell was a peach, and it makes me happy that there are people like him in Congress. When he came in, Larry introduced me as a Mom Blogger, which is basically what I am, which also means that while I was listening to the show in Hugh Hewitt’s office, I was on my laptop tweeting, chatting in the Hughniverse chat room, and taking notes for an article I have due Monday morning on the whole Newt vs. Mitt thing since that’s what they were talking about.

When we cut to break, Congressman Campbell looked over at me and asked, “I don’t mean to be nosey, but what are you doing over there?”

‘This? This is what I do. Talk to people on Twitter and in chat rooms. Write stuff. I’m going to be on the radio in the next hour, I do that too. I. Love. My. Job.”

Then we talked about Twitter a little bit more, and I told him he should use it more to communicate, and also warned him against ever sending DMs, because as Anthony Weiner knows, sometimes you mess up and send pictures of your junk out to the world instead of as a DM. It’s better to just avoid it if you’re a public figure.

Then again, John Campbell doesn’t seem like the type to do that anyway.

So I finally got to go on the radio with Larry, and what did I end up saying?

“I’ve been lobbying my husband for a sister wife.”

“Newt makes my eye twitch.”

“She insists on looking like a dude, and I don’t understand it.” 

Clearly, I am a ridiculous person. But y’all already knew that, right?

Happy listening!

Jenny on Hugh

I Get to Meet Hugh Hewitt Tomorrow!

I’m pretty sure that it’s already clearly established that I am a giant dork. I get very excited (and nervous!) to meet people for whom I have a great deal of respect. Hugh Hewitt is one of those people. And I get to meet him tomorrow.

Although he doesn’t know it, Hugh Hewitt will always hold a special place in my heart, because he’s the one that (indirectly) got me on twitter.
I’ve always been interested in politics. When I was six or seven, I’d scream for my mom if President Bush (41) came on TV (This of course was in the days before our elected leader would treat his presidency like a giant media tour.). When I was eight, I told my teacher that I wanted to be a supreme court justice when I grew up, but I’d settle for being a senator. When I was nine, I asked my dad, “Who is that Ross Perot guy, and what’s he doing up there?” I took my first trip to DC for Presidential Classroom my junior year of high school.

I have always been fascinated with politics. Somewhere around 2005, I got really fed up with it all. The Republicans were spending like drunken Democrats, Bush was taking the blame for the Katrina debacle, and I was in the midst of trying to figure out how to be a wife and a mother. Politics got set on the back burner.

Fast-forward to summer 2008 and enter Sarah Palin. A woman got nominated for the VP slot on the ticket! And she was awesome. Having never heard of her, I did some research. She had a 90% approval rating as governor of Alaska. She cleaned up the dirty politics in the state – of her own party. She sold the private jet purchased by her predecessor.
Enter the media. They slammed her. They called her unqualified, uneducated, and a bad mother. All of a sudden I got into politics with fervor again. I started blogging about it on my ‘mommy’ blog. I read everything I could. I got to know Megyn Kelly and Brett Baier. I bookmarked townhall.com.

Just after the predictable but still sad election of ’08, I came across an article by Hugh Hewitt: All A-Twitter: A Late Adapter Alert. I had barely even heard of twitter, but at the prospect of connecting with some other conservatives online, I signed myself up and immediately became an addict.

Over the last two+ years, I’ve gotten to do some incredible things. I hosted a podcast for Smart Girl Politics for a year, and continue to work on their leadership team. I was on blogger’s row at CPAC last year. I got to talk to John Thune. The governor of Texas knew who I was, and joked about Erick Erickson being my husband (he’s not).

And it all started with twitter.

Which I joined because Hugh Hewitt wrote an article about it.

And I get to meet him tomorrow at Education Revolution, where I will be representing Smart Girl Politics. And you know how I feel about school choice. And Dick Morris is going to be there too, and he’s a pretty cool guy himself. It’s a win-win-win for this chica!

At least, as long as Mr. Hewitt doesn’t issue a restraining order for the crazy chick who is so excited to meet him and thank him for writing about twitter.

I’m not crazy, I swear!

I’m just eccentric.

Yeah, we’ll go with that.