I was chosen as one of 12 restaurant reviewers for a foodie campaign sponsored by Castaways and Dubai Eye radio station. My assignment was to have a complementary meal at Mistral located in the Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel and write about the experience. You can read the review on both the Dubai Eye site, here and The Global Gazette, here. After penning the review, I was invited to relay the details of my restaurant review on air to Dubai Eye listeners.
I was heard on the radio alongside another blogger, Niyosha Dole, and Dubai Today show host, Suzanne Radford. Our segment was the last 30 minute slot, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, on Thursday, March 20, 2013. During the segment I talked all about the smorgasbord available at the Surf n Turf Night Brunch. I answered questions regarding the atmosphere, service and my favorite dishes.
Here’s how it all went down…
I arrived at the AMG Arab Group office in Studio City, early, at about 10:30 a.m. Since I was 45 minutes ahead of my scheduled arrival time, I decided to entertain myself in the car for a while. Parked out front, I ate the egg mcmuffin meal I had gotten from McDonald’s just before arriving. That didn’t take long so I conducted a “car pic” photoshoot using my brilliant iPhone 5. (Sidenote: The rear facing camera is so much better in this generation of the iPhone) I finished the photo shoot with a enough time remaining to update my social media accounts, freshen my lipgloss, slide on my heels and make it inside by 11:05 a.m.
Inside I was greeted by a receptionist who instructed me to sign in. Once the paperwork was complete, a member of the security team escorted me up to the Dubai Eye studio. (There are several stations in that building) I was seated in the Control Room with two other on air guests who were going on in the segment prior to mines. The radio control technician slid off his headphones and asked if I’d like water, coffee or tea. Since I had just had McDonald’s I declined. The worst thing to do is go on air with a stuffed tummy and full bladder.
I waited patiently, snapped a couple of studio pictures and listened to the show. I also updated Twitter and Facebook with everything including the shoes I was wearing. LOL Finally, it was show time. I entered the studio and took a seat in front of a microphone at a circular table. The studio mic was about as big as my head and a bit intimidating. We were told that the smiley face sticker on the microphone should be facing us. If you didn’t see the hand drawn picture of a smiling cat, you needed to adjust the microphone. When it was time to go live, the circular box on the table that each microphone was connected to lit up in bright neon orange. This signaled that the mics were live and everyone tuned in could hear what was being said in that little room. Suzanne introduced both reviewers and started with me. I remembered to speak slowly, concisely and with a smile on my face. Based on the feedback from friends who listened in, those mental notes served me well. At the conclusion of the segment, Suzanne thanked me and noted personally and via Twitter that I did a great job. I’m psyched and eager to do more media work in the future.