This past Wednesday, I was going to air the interview I did with independant comicbook creator Mindy Indy.
The interview never aired. I’ll explain why.
First, I want to say thanks to Mindy for always being professional, and for also being a good person. Although I called her in advance to inform her about the situation, she was actually very supportive of my decision. For that, I encourage people to support her work.
Now, as to explain what is going on. ComicBook Convo With Michele is no more. After being disrespected by the station manager Stella, and not being able to stream my interview, which I spent time editing, etc., I walked out.
If I wanted to receive immature high school treatment, I’d go back to high school, not college. When I walked into the station, I was made to feel like the awkward nerd who sits at the cool kids’s table in the cafeteria. WHCS is inside a college. We should conduct ourselves professionally once out of high school.
I had spent my day at NYCC 2022 asking creators in Artist Alley if they would like to be interviewed for my school. They all said yes. I had people lined up. My intention was to get to those who said yes, even some returning guests, inbetween my busy schedhule, and interview them beforehand.
That’s not going to happen now.
This is not the first time this happened at WHCS. Joanna, the station manager during 2020, (right before the pandemic) made up some excuse as to why some of my interviews were not being recorded. Which means I could not take these missing interviews and archive them on another website. It was also embrassing to explain to professionals later on, why those interviews went missing.
A lot of time and work was taken, setting up times, recording the interviews beforehand, editing them, etc. My time.
The people at WHCS radio run the volunteer station like it’s some high school clique. This behavior is hurtful to those who want to learn about broadcasting. While it was not my intention to befriend everyone at the studio, common courtsey is still expected.
In reality, nobody needs radio stations anymore. Anyone with the right equiptment and knowledge can easily go on Twitch for example, and start their own show. So they’re playing themselves.
I will use my free time going forward working on my own comics and illustrations again. I’ve spent the last two years volunteering my time to help others – only to be taken for grated, and/or not appreciated. This stops now.
I want to thank those who supported me with kind words and encouragement.