Skitz-O-Phonics

Radio Station KPXLRD - "Game on!

August 13, 2021 eArL (E.J.) Hamilton Season 1 Episode 14
Skitz-O-Phonics
Radio Station KPXLRD - "Game on!
Show Notes Transcript

Randle J. Jones interviews a very successful game-maker entrepreneur.
(Voice talents:  Doc Fitz.  Sonya Godette)

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FADE IN:

 INT. RADIO STUDIO - DAY

RANDEL J. JONES

Good morning America and welcome to The Randle J. Jones Show, I am (not) Randle J. Jones. Today we have with us, Traylean Hammond, a self-made millionaire who made it big in the board game market. Hello and good morning Mrs. Millford are you there?

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

(yelling at kid)

Get off the damn counter!

RANDEL J. JONES

Hello Mrs. Milford.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Yes, Good morning Randel, you can call me Traylean.

RANDEL J. JONES

And you can continue to call me Randel. 

They both chuckle.

RANDEL J. JONES

First of all, congratulations on your success. You've certainly earned it.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Thank you, I like to believe I have.

RANDEL J. JONES

So in this age of electronics, what made you want to get into the board game industry?

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

I just thought there was a shortage of quality games kids could play at home. Second, I wanted to not only make them for children, but make them a family board game, because one thing that's lacking in America is family unity. With board games there's interaction, I can't say same for mobile games, even video games are pretty much limited to two players at a time.

RANDEL J. JONES

I have to agree with you on all of the above. Well you've certainly succeeded in what you set out to do. I understand you dropped out of college to pursue this passion of yours.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

I'm not proud of it but it is true. I was going to college to make money, well I'm making money now! Cha-ching!

RANDEL J. JONES

Yes, you most certainly are. I understand you're married with kids.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Yes I am, happily married for the last ten years. We have three wonderful children, two girls and a boy.

RANDEL J. JONES

Beautiful, beautiful, that's just wonderful. So you certainly are making waves in the game market, but it seems you do have a little competition.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

No, not really.

RANDEL J. JONES

I'm talking about eleven years old Stephanie Lewis. Her first board game was the number one board game this year.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Okay, so she got lucky.

RANDEL J. JONES

A little competition never hurt anybody, wouldn't you agree?

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Competition? You think that little girl is competition to me? She makes games for babies, I make games for entire families! Oh yeah, it's game on!

RANDEL J. JONES

I didn't mean to start any kind of--

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

I will crush her and her toy townhouse!

RANDEL J. JONES

Well she is only eleven years old, you have to give her credit for being so--

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

I don't have to give her anything. See, that's the problem with this generation, they want to be given everything instead of earning it, like I did. Besides, I thought the interview was about me.

RANDEL J. JONES

You're absolutely right. I apologize for going astray. So let's get back to you. I understand you've bought a new house, your parents a new car. Sounds like you're living the dream.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Yes I am Randel, yes I am. Like I always tell my kids and my pastor, dreams are meant to be lived.

RANDEL J. JONES

So I understand this was a long hard road for you.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Yes indeed. I've put everything I've got into this business, my blood, sweat and tears. I couldn't begin to explain the setbacks, obstacles and rejections I've faced. The pain, mishaps and failures are all part of my bitter-sweet experience, my road to glory. I paid the cost to be the boss. Game on!

RANDEL J. JONES

I understand little Stephanie has a similar story.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

How could little Stephanie even begin to understand what real work, effort and pain is about? Her mommy and daddy probably gave her the money to start her little business.

RANDEL J. JONES

No, my understanding is she raised her own money selling lemonade and cookies every day after school and on weekends.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

(irritated)

Bravo for her. I bet that whole time, the little darling never payed taxes either.

RANDEL J. JONES

Yes, as a matter of fact she did. She even showed me her IRS forms.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

So you met her?

RANDEL J. JONES

Yes, she was on my show last month.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

(angry)

So, you interviewed her before me?

RANDEL J. JONES

Yes, but just so you know, I don't do the programming, my producer is in charge of the guests, among other things.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Okay. Well I'd like to talk to your producer after this call.

RANDEL J. JONES

I'll see if that's possible. So you employ some of your family members?--

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Let me get this off my chest if I may. Little Stephanie may have sold sour lemonade and store-bought cookies on the weekend, but I bet she doesn't have a clue how much a cell phone bill is these days.

RANDEL J. JONES

(confused)

Probably not, she's eleven.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Why do you keep throwing that number out? Like I'm supposed to be impressed or something. You want to hear numbers? You want to be impressed? Try thirteen million. Yeah, that's what I netted last year, netted!

RANDEL J. JONES

I understand, little Stephanie netted fifteen.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

So what, she got lucky. I'm not impressed. 

RANDEL J. JONES

She says she has so much money she gives her parents an allowance.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

You know why, because she doesn't have to pay rent. That little brat doesn't know a thing about car payments or expensive dresses that don't fit anymore. Not to mention a sports-crazed husband with a Panda-sized belly! If she had a man, she would know what a challenge is! You never know when they're lying to your face or just being stupid! 

RANDEL J. JONES

Well ma'am--

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

It takes time, money and persistence to track a man's whereabouts! Who their co-workers are and why they're coming home late every Friday night!

RANDEL J. JONES

You're right. Thank God she's not old enough to know about any of those things yet.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

This little delinquent doesn't even drive yet, she wish she could, but she's only eleven! She never had to deal with real life, like bickering staff workers or the handsome janitor who ignores you!

Long uneasy beat as Traylean breath hard from her ranting.

RANDEL J. JONES

Ahhh... I think I'm finally beginning to see your point.

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Good, because I'm exhausted. Game on little girl! Game on!

RANDEL J. JONES

Well thank you for being on our show Traylean Hammond. Looks like we're out of time, but we enjoyed the time we had with you, and we've also gotten some of our facts straight in the process. 

TRAYLEAN (V.O.)

Thank you for having me on your show, Randel. And I'm sorry about the ranting, but I'm very passionate about my very successful business.

Besides, all that little girl know is birthday parties and mud pies!--

PHONE CLICK

RANDEL J. JONES

Good bye Traylean, and good writtens. On our next show we'll be talking to Curtis Bloom Curling champion extraordinaire. I'm Randell J. Jones, catch you next time here on KPLXRD, your home for sports, whether, traffic, and jealousy.

FADE OUT.

The End.