Hello, WAYWO Guests!

The official logo for the "What Are You Working On?" podcast, hosted by B.J. Mendelson

Thank You.

Thank you for booking time to join me on, “What Are You Working On?” (aka WAYWO.TV)

This page confirms that you are all set, and I’ll be in touch by email and text (if you provided your phone number) to ensure a smooth and fun experience when it’s showtime.

Ahead of your appearance, please read this page. I’ll know if you did. There’s a test at the end. 😉

Do You Need Equipment?

If you need external headphones or a simple USB microphone for the interview, I recommend:

The Samson Q2U USB Microphone

Audio-Technica ATH-M20X Headphones,

If you need this equipment, buying them with these links will help support the show.

I STRONGLY encourage you to use headphones and a microphone for our interview. Especially the headphones, because not using them will hurt the sound quality of the recording. So, headphones of any kind work well, wired headphones work better, and the headphones linked above work best.

If we run into issues editing your audio because you did not use headphones, we may not be able to air your episode. 🙁

Getting Ready For The Interview:

5 days before our interview

You’ll get some pre-interview questions emailed to you.

They’re similar to what I’ll ask you on the show, but phrased in a more direct way than how I’ll ask.

If you’re interested and have the time, you can write out your answers and email them back to me.

I like to send these questions in advance because it helps get you thinking of the best stuff to say when we talk.

Your answers also help me prepare for our interview.

(I used to be a journalist. St. Martin’s Press put out my book. So don’t worry. “Do my research” isn’t some weird code for “I read a bunch of stuff about you on Reddit.”)

1 day before our interview

You’ll get a reminder to come to check out this page.

(Hi again, if you’re reading this for a second time.)

646-331-8341 is my phone number. Text me the day before the show with your number, so that we can quickly coordinate in the event of a technical issue. They are rare, but they do happen.

For example, and this is important if you have a Rode Microphone: There seem to be issues with Riverside and Rode Microphones. So please use another microphone if you have a Rode.

How to Join Me In The Studio

On the day of the show, you’ll get a reminder that morning, and then an hour before showtime.

Here is the link to join me in the studio in the event you didn’t get an email: https://riverside.fm/studio/earths-temporary-solution?t=40765af46e4e4ee40a1a

Using your laptop is the best way to record our interview together. You’ll want to close all your programs except Google Chrome, and make sure Chrome is fully up to date.

Here’s how to check if you have the latest version of Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome. (Click here to download Google Chrome if needed.)
  2. Click the three dots icon on the top right.
  3. Click Update Google Chrome. If this button is not visible, that means you are on the latest version of the browser.
  4. Click Relaunch to update Google Chrome.
  5. An alternative way to do this is to click the three dots icon and click About Google Chrome.

Now Google Chrome will begin to update itself automatically. Once the update has been downloaded, click Relaunch.

Cameras On Please!

For our interview, please leave your video on when you join me in the studio.

The Interview

When you join me in the studio, I’ll press record, say hello, and then ask you to recommend a television show I should watch next. It can be any show you’d like, old or new. But don’t just tell me the name of the show. Tell me why you love the show and what you think other people will like about it.

I’ll use this video later as part of a mini-show on Instagram where I’ll play your response to this question.

Next, I’ll ask you what you’re working on. 🙂

In about ten minutes, I’ll switch gears and start asking you some of the following questions.

Can you describe your creative process? 

What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?

Is there a tool you use that helps you while working on your project?

What advice would you give a creator watching this show?

Who changed your life?

Who’s work do you admire that you’d love to give a spotlight to?

As we get to eighteen minutes, I’ll ask you where we can find your stuff that you want to plug, and then say, “What’s one question you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview and haven’t been yet.”

After you answer I’ll press stop on the recording.

A Note For Fellow Podcasters

If you’re coming on WAYWO.TV to plug your podcast, I’ll likely ask you what episode listeners should start with when they are checking out your show.

Please have one or two episodes at the ready that you can mention when I ask you this and tell us why those episodes are the ones you want to recommend.

When I Say Goodbye and Hang Up …

Don’t close your Riverside.fm tab.

Riverside.fm needs a few minutes to finish uploading the recording from your device. If you leave before it’s done, part of our interview may be lost. So wait until Riverside says you’ve reached 100%, and then you can safely close the tab.

Thank you for reading this.

Not all my guests do, and I have to say the episodes we’ve recorded so far where the guests have taken the time to read this, it makes all the difference in creating a great show for the audience.

Hopefully, I’ve answered all your questions.

I can’t wait to chat with you.


One last thing: Please text me at 646-331-8341with a short video that says:

“Hey BJ, it’s (your name) and I think the next television show you should watch is (TV show) because (give us a great reason why.)”

These videos will run on Instagram at @BJMendelson.

You can see an example of what this will look like here from comedy writer Django Gold.

That’s the test. If you send me a video, that’s how I’ll know you read all this.

Feel free to keep my number.

Just don’t call me!

I will only answer my phone and talk to Melissa O’Neil from ABC’s “The Rookie”.

And that’s only if Melissa wants to ask me out on a date.