Hello, and welcome to Everyday People. I’m Conor Sweetman.
Every week I track down and interview seemingly ordinary people, and you get to eavesdrop their extraordinary stories. I’ll be interviewing people who doing good in Ireland, along with Irish people doing good around the world. You won’t have heard of a lot of these people, but I guarantee these conversations will make your day a little bit brighter.
I’ve had so much fun recording these stories. I have recorded 10 episodes up front. So don’t forget to subscribe so you can hear them all.
The conversations are unedited, so you get a chance to listen in on a chat between myself and the guests.
I started this project because I love radio.
I remember the moment I got hooked on radio.
It was in 2008. A friend was telling me about a radio play that aired in 1938. You might have heard of it, the Orson Welles production of “The War of The Worlds”. It was about an alien invasion of Planet Earth and was performed in the style of a series of news reports.
For a variety of reasons, thousands of people who tuned in that night believed these fictional news stories were fact and took to the streets in sheer panic. They were trying to evacuate the cities. There was mass hysteria. It was crazy.
So my friend told me about this broadcast, and I decided I’d go online to find the original recording. I didn’t find it, but what I did find changed me.
I came across a radio show called ‘Radiolab’ which is broadcast by a public radio station in New York called WNYC. The Radiolab team had made a radio documentary about the original broadcast.
I had never heard a radio documentary at this point. I clicked play and saw that it lasted 58 minutes. “There’s no way I’m going to listen to all of this”, I thought as I sat at my computer. How wrong I was…. 3 minutes in and I was hooked and I knew I would sit there for the next 55 minutes just listening.
This was when I discovered the power of radio. It was my gateway drug. Over the last 9 years, I have gone down the radio and podcasting rabbit holes.
In truth, I have always just been a radio fan-boy. Never a radio maker. But that’s what I’m looking to change now.
So this podcast is another rabbit hole for me. It’s the start of a journey, and I hope you’ll join me.
I ask for your patience on the journey, too. I have recorded 10 interviews so far, and I’ll be releasing them in the order I recorded them. So it’s quite raw at the start. As a listener, you will be joining me on a very steep learning curve. I need your help on that learning curve.
If you have any feedback, good or bad, I want to hear from you. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can leave a comment below. I’m on Twitter – my handle is @conorsweets. And of course, iTunes. I would really appreciate a comment and a rating there.
So this is it – Everyday People – the show that makes eavesdropping socially acceptable. I hope you enjoy it.
See you on the other side.