The last time we attended a taping of our favorite radio show, Says You, ("a radio game show of bluff and bluster, words and whimsey") Richard Sher, who started the show in 1996, was the host. Richard died in 2015 and actually, though I have been a devoted listener lo these many years, I had a difficult time listening to the show without Richard at the helm.
Richard was first replaced by Barry Nolan, who had been a panelist for all those years, but I found he was a much more enjoyable panelist than he was a host and so I just stopped listening altogether. Walt still listens, but he no longer lets me know it's on, so I haven't heard it in a long time.
Barry has since been replaced by Gregg Porter of Seattle's KUOW. I had never heard him before, though he has been hosting for some time now.
Says You broadcasts at various venues around the country. Though they are based in Boston you may find them all over the place. We have seen them in San Francisco, in So California, and somewhere near Stanford. One weekend we flew to Burbank and attended tapings in two different venues on two different days. We began to recognize some of the other "regulars" as we stood in line waiting to get into the venue. I even worked for panelist Tony Kahn for awhile, doing some transcription for him and his own PBS radio show.
I think the group must have come to San Francisco once before, since Richard's death, because the guy sitting in the box seat with us yesterday saw them at Herbst theater, and we did not.
Walt let me know a few months ago that the show would be recording in San Francisco on my birthday, which seemed to answer the question "what are you going to do on your birthday?"
We drove down to SF in the afternoon and got there in time to have dinner at Max's Opera Cafe. They must have known I was coming.
It was delicious and though the cabbage didn't look that appetizing, it was almost (but not quite) better than the crab cakes, but it was sautéed with bacon and onions and huge chunks of shitaki mushrooms and was fabulous.
We were finished in plenty of time to walk the block to Herbst Hall and find our box seats.
Then the panelists came out and filled in the "stereo left, stereo right" seats.
We did wonder whatever happened to Barry Nolan, who said he had been out on SF Bay during the day, but didn't mention the color of his face!
They tape two shows each time and toward the end of the first show, the host made the announcement that I was in the audience and celebrating my birthday. Tony (left above) said he didn't realize I was there. I guess someone backstage had been checking the Says You Facebook page, where I mentioned looking forward to going to the show for my birthday. It was a lovely surprise to be recognized.
All three of the kids (and grandkids) called during the day, which was lovely.
I got to sleep before midnight and slept almost 7 hours, so it was a win-win-win situation all around. I am a lucky woman.