When my television died on me, I thought it was a disaster. I was hooked on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS): the news, the science programs and the history specials. Oh, the cooking shows, too.
The regular networks covered the Steelers. And I didn’t have to spend a penny. My converter box worked just fine.
No more television. As I debated with myself about replacing my old television, I began to listen to the radio more. I began to listen to talk radio.
I don’t like talk radio. The most popular talk show hosts always have an agenda. They always take a position they know will push someone’s button. They love controversy. Without conflict, they got nothin’.
And then it hit me. Of course, something must be amiss in every short story that a writer writes, or there is no story. Something needs to be resolved. Someone must realize something or achieve something.
The talk show hosts that I’ve been listening to have helped to give me a better understanding of how to write flash fiction. They’ve helped to make me a better writer.
I’m in no hurry to get another television. This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.
This flash fiction blog is published near the University of Pittsburgh.
- Geraldo Rivera: Right Wing Talk Radio Has ‘Helped Cripple’ GOP (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)