"Your enthusiasm is wonderful! Thank you for explaining your work to me! Listening felt great because you were so devoted."
How did he react?
He smiled and said, "Thanks! Yeah I had some spare time, why not?"
How did I feel?
My top Berlin places? I have praised them before: The Landwehrkanal. The abandoned airport. That rooftop I slept on in the summer, the apartment I had my wildest party at and the neighborhood I played ding-dong ditch in as a child. Beautiful looks and valuable memories fill that list. And one other thing: Great vibes. Such as the ARD Hauptstadtstudio's. This spot is climbing my top ten these days. When a radio station invites me to chat with them I always ask for a studio there. Because I love that place. Huge halls that eat every sound and friendly people turn it into a special spot. The receptionist smiles at me endearingly, my interview partners are empathic conversationalists and hallway or restroom hellos come with a polite nod. And then there are the sound guys. They add soul and know how to my Hauptstadtstudio experience. With my interview partner hundreds of miles away in another studio the sound guys keep my connection. Technically to the journalist- and emotionally to the world: When I get confused they give me a quick thumbs up through the glass. When I burst into laughter they grin, too. And when I talk about teary compliments I can see they are moved. They don't have to but they always listen. Maybe because they love their job. I know Martin does: Yesterday he was the one to build the sound bridge between me and Kristian from SWR. 430 miles that Martin helped us overcome. He did a great job working the devices - and more: With his calm and down to earth nature he greeted me as I entered ten minutes late. Instantly I felt relieved and ready to start even though I had just been racing through Berlin on my bike and spurting up the stairs to the studio. After the interview I stuck around for a moment and Martin took the time to explain to me how he worked. He showed me scripts, pointed out the amazingness of the sound system he uses and shared some insight from twenty years of experience. It was what he said, yes, but more so how he said it. His eyes sparkling, his voice excited and his expression as open as a view on Tempelhof from the Ringbahn. I am convinced that he could have talked about anything. Inspiration would have grabbed hold of me regardless of the topic. Because Martin merged in what he reflected on. And because this person was too likable not to mesmerize me. I had to compliment him! It went down nicely. Thank you, Martin for that beautiful morning!