I met Gayle King today, as in Oprah’s friend, Gayle King.
She invited me and my son, Colby, onto her radio show to talk about the new “Date My Single Kid” section of FOF because she liked the concept and wanted to hear our take on it; how it’s being received and whether I’m a meddling Jewish mom because I like to set up my son. She also wanted to know why Colby needed to have his mom involved in his dating life.
I could tell I would like Gayle because the young woman producer who works for her, J.J., was warm and friendly when we were communicating by email earlier in the week. And you can usually tell a person by the people she hires.
Anywho, Gayle was as real and unpretentious a FOF woman as you can get. She may be Oprah’s friend, which is how America met her in the first place, but her continued success has little to do with whose friend she is.
Gayle sits in a small room with J.J., headphones in her ears and a microphone in front of her. Guests sit across from her with the same setup. She interviewed Colby and me as if we were pals and she was genuinely interested in what we had to say, not as if she was a big media celeb and we were just another pair of bodies in her aura. She hardly wears makeup and she dresses coolly and comfortably.
Lois, the head of our PR agency, told us it was the best interview with us that she’s heard. I agree. Gayle didn’t overpower us or take over the interview by incessantly talking about herself, as many interviewers often do. I was thrilled to be on her show, not because she’s well known, but because she liked what we’re doing and helped give it even more credibility.