You asked in my other "I'm unsubscribing" thread to post an idea before I went. But first, may I say that I'm disappointed with you, Shalin. This thread (as I read it, anyway) seems to be a thinly-veiled "Natali must go" thread. Sure, you post your ideas for her in some kind of three-way newsfest, but that's not BOL. Am I incorrect in reading that you're thinking she'd be best OFF BOL and in some other kind of format? If so, then how about stating that clearly? If I'm mistaken, accept my apology for misaprehending. But just be upfront about it, rather than couching it in a roundabout way.
In my view, the best thing that could be done with the show in its current format is to move Natali to the west coast so she could be in studio. Being "on remote" all the time is one of the biggest impediments to good social interaction. There's no immediate visual cues, and audio --even though it's not too delayed with the proper ISDN algorithm--is still clumsy. Plus, there's no opportunity for her to really get to know her co-hosts on a more personal level, as in off the show. And, vice-versa. That is a very important component to the team concept. <b>She needs to be in-studio with the rest.</b>
If that doesn't fit with her life/career, or the company's plans, then some kind of decision should be made, in my view, to find a female host on the west coast who is tech savvy and has the right personality to hold up her end of the conversation. I don't know who that is right now. But in the meantime, the best thing they could do --assuming no personnel changes are in the offing-- is to get Natali relocated so she's local to the show. I think that would do wonders for the repartee. Yeah, I know, some people will say "but she's been in studio before". But an occasional visit isn't what I'm talking about. I'm talking about becoming part of the same community as the other hosts, professionally, personally and geographically.
So, there ya go. And here I go. Ciao for now.
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