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Thu March 27, 2014
What You Asked Our New Host, Gina Kaufmann — And Her Answers
Central Standard’s new host had a lot to answer for on her first day on the new job Thursday. And it’s all because of you.
Gina Kaufmann doesn’t officially sit in the talk show host chair until 10 a.m. Monday. But on Thursday, we welcomed and introduced her with a live interview on KCUR.
Here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s interview with Kaufmann (@GinaKCUR), including the questions you asked and her on-air responses:
“To be kind to people who are joining you and becoming part of your team and maybe have less experience than you do. He was so gracious taking me under his wing. I couldn’t have helped him if he hadn’t helped me.”
“Walt kept it fabulously real and everyone respected him for that. … His response to something someone said would always be very authentic and I think that’s important in journalism.”
“I’m not sure how old I was because I can’t remember not doing it. ”
“I think Sarah Silverman and I could have an excellent conversation. If she’s ever in town, I hope Steve Kraske is listening because I call dibs right now.”
Will you change the theme song? Please? — @enoughkc on Twitter
“I understand there are a lot of opinions out there about the current theme song and probably about a number of facets of the show and I guess I would just like to make clear that I’m part of a large team.
“My arrival does not signal a regime. I’m arriving to continue some discussions and bring the show to a place where a new format will be ready to debut in late spring or early summer. We’re really excited to take feedback like this into consideration as those discussions take place.”
“I don’t dislike barbecue, but I’m not fanatical about it. I just need to be honest here. Most people who know me well would not consider me qualified to make bold pronouncements about barbecue. However, I will say … I like hot.”
Tell KCUR is part of an initiative to engage the community and shine a light on your experiences and opinions. We’ll ask a new question every week and then share your feedback on the air and online. For the full Twitter stream, follow the #TellKCUR hashtag.