Intro from Jay Allison: You’re probably not going to hear these pieces on public radio. Not only are the premises touchy–like considering a job as a prostitute–but the approach is not distanced or polite. It’s connected and sharp-edged. It makes you think about how we talk and what we choose to talk about. Natalie Edwards studied radio at Brooklyn College with Dr. Martin Spinelli and independent producer Ann Heppermann and made these pieces there. Now, she’s working at 1010WINS News Radio.
Note: These pieces deal with mature themes, so be warned.
About “Street Fantasy” and “Baby Mama Drama”
Both my pieces, Street Fantasy and Baby Mama Drama have affected me very personally. With Street Fantasy, this piece was supposed to be a documentary about prostitution, but I decided to put myself into the piece to make it more interesting and reflect on a few things I had been worried about, like what my life would be like after college.
I used to host a party called Nasty Tuesdays at a club in Brooklyn. I don’t know if it was the name of the party or the location, but there were a lot of prostitutes and pimps that attended the party every Tuesday. They would come all dressed up in the finest clothing and accessories. Then there was me who was a full-time student and trying to make extra cash as a part-time host and promoter for Nasty Tuesdays.
I would always see the “special girls” have the most fun at Nasty Tuesdays. They were the ones with the expensive and fancy outfits, buying the champagne, and leaving the club in limos or driving home in luxury cars. They all stood out, because of the money they made. It made me think about doing what they do. I mean, it is fast money and how hard would I really have to work doing something I like? So I did some research and what I found out made the decision for me. Street Fantasy is all about that decision.
Baby Mama Drama is also a personal story for me. It was something I went through with an ex-boyfriend of mine. He had a child from a previous relationship and it seemed like the mother of his child did not get the memo that it was over between the two of them. She would always call my phone and harass me saying crazy things like the relationship between them was not over and how I messed up their lives. She would cause unnecessary drama in my relationship. I wanted out. I had to get out of this Baby Mama Drama fast. I promised myself that I would never date a guy in that situation again. While I was doing this piece, I asked my ex if I could interview him and the mother of his child. He said it wouldn’t be a good idea. So I created a “drama” out of the real Baby Mama Drama that happened. So I guess this piece is really, “Baby Mama Drama Drama.”
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All of the equipment I used to record these pieces was from kits checked out of Brooklyn College’s Television and Radio Department equipment facility. According to “Radio MD Recorder #2” kit, I used a Sony MD Walkman MZ-NHF800 mini disc recorder. The microphone was an Audiotechnica Omnidirectional ATM10a condenser. I edited “Street Fantasy” on SawPro, which was the digital editing system in the school’s radio lab. (The radio lab recently switched over to Pro Tools.) However, I edited Baby Mama Drama at the radio station, where we use Adobe Audition.