Since I started birding in 2009, my favourite birding radio show has been Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds — a weekly call-in show out of Boston on 95.9 WATD FM. Last year, the show was featured in a Boston Globe article by Linda Matchan, which you can read here. The show airs Sundays at 9:30 am and you can listen online with live streaming or via podcast. You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.
I’ve been a loyal listener for about six years, and consider Ray to be a good friend and incredibly generous mentor. And in the interest of full disclosure, I’ve won more than my fair share of Droll Yankees from the show’s mystery bird contest. In the past year, the crew at Talkin’ Birds and I worked on incorporating into the show my sightings from here in Alberta as well as information for young birders and naturalists. Earlier this spring, the crew and I sorted out my piece of the show — a twice-a-month segment, about two minutes long, called Charlotte’s Weblog.
This month, Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds is celebrating its 500th show — a big congratulations to Ray and Talkin’ Birds! I’m very excited to share that I’ve been invited to be a part of the celebrations with a live broadcast next Sunday November, 9th at 9:30 am from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Thank you very much to the show and sponsors for paying for the cost of my flight and hotel room.
If you’re in the Washington area and are interested in attending the live broadcast, please visit the Talkin’ Birds Facebook page for details and to RSVP.
I’m so excited to meet Ray in person (and Mark and Emma) to be able to celebrate such a wonderful anniversary!