Satellite Media Tour

How exciting for me to share a success story from my week with you, my MARvelous MARtians. This week lead me to an interesting new place in my life, as on Tuesday I did a satellite media tour for Depend. A satellite media tour is where you do multiple TV and radio appearances, staggered one after the other, without traveling to each one. I was in a studio in New York, and the morning TV shows and radio ‘drive-time’ shows from across the country interviewed me “via satellite.”

Because it was going to be an early start (and a focused day), I went to bed at 8pm on Monday and awoke bright and early, just in time to hear the birds chirping and building new nests in the garden. At 5:45am a car was ready and waiting to take me into the city. I was prepared and briefed for my role, and excited for what the day would bring.

After arriving I was sent to Hair & Make-up (okay, so perhaps they didn’t need as much time for hair!) and I was ready to be mic’d up and on set. More than that, truly thrilled that I would be talking to so many folks across the country about how Baby Boomers can be more active—while offering some sMARt tips to help others find the way. 

Nothing had prepared me for what happened on my second live hit. A TV host (who shall remain nameless, from a station that will also remain nameless) thought it would be fun to get some cheap laughs at my expense. He ambushed me when I was discussing giving people the freedom and the confidence they need when living with bladder leakage. He let loose with some inappropriate and crude remarks! I must say, the station producers and client later apologized for the man, but they couldn’t have known it would happen. However, I didn’t let his behavior stop me. I felt an overwhelming sense of pride to be an advocate for the many men and women who live with this common condition. So I was not going to be bullied by him nor would I stoop to his level. I carried on—as so many Americans do—in spite of his rudeness, eloquently redirecting and turning every crass comment into an opportunity to reiterate. I pointed out that his cheap shots and sounds of disgust were actually a great example of why people are ashamed to talk about their challenges. I think that particular ‘shock jock’ got a shock of his own when I stood my ground!

I felt strongly that if we are to change the stigma about this subject—or any—we need to talk about it. And if someone jokes about or makes light of it they might be nervous, of course, but if they don’t want to be educated, I will react the way I was brought up: Be polite, smile and never let them see you sweat.

Out of so many terrific interviews, that one certainly became the one we all talked about. I have to say is no matter what happens, you can depend on me! 

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