Valley teenager Matt Peterson joined Mac and Gaydos on Tuesday afternoon to discuss his recent viral video, in which he asks pop star Miley Cyrus to his high school prom dance.
When asked to consider the video's potentially negative effect on his future, Peterson defended the clip eloquently, pointing out the effect it's already having for him.
"My dream school has favorited the video, so I guess it's not a problem," Peterson, a junior at Arcadia High School, told the show.
Although the video has garnered a lot of positive attention nationally, Mac and Gaydos were careful to inform the 17-year-old of their concern for what the video may mean for his college and job prospects. The three-minute video ends with Peterson seemingly naked atop a Phoenix-area mountain, using only a foam finger to cover himself, and includes an earlier reference to "grinding" at the prom event.
"I really want to go into broadcast journalism," Peterson went on to tell the show. "And I really think putting myself out there and doing that kind of thing is all about broadcast journalism. If a school doesn't want me because of that, then that's not the school for me.
"I definitely think the school I want to go to would appreciate this video and support me putting myself out there."
Peterson was adamant that the video could only help his vocational pursuits, too.
"My dream job would be to work for Ryan Seacrest -- that's all I want to do," he said. "And he just retweeted my video."
Peterson's mother, Kathy, meanwhile, was a guest on Rob and Karie prior to her son's radio appearance Tuesday, and she didn't share in the worry of Mac and Gaydos.
After explaining that her son makes videos like his prom invite clip in order to help his chances at getting into broadcast journalism school, Ms. Peterson told the show that she hasn't had an opportunity to talk to Matt since the video was posted.
"It's crazy," she said. "Even Denver and L.A. called him last night."
Peterson himself was focused on the support he's received, for which he expressed gratitude, and the objective at hand: luring Cyrus to Arcadia High School's prom.
"I have not heard anything from Miley directly," he said. "A lot of her fan sites have said things to me and it's been awesome.
"The support has been insane and I really thank the community for that."
Arcadia High School's prom is scheduled for May 3. Cyrus is scheduled to perform in Amsterdam the night before and in Antwerp, Belgium on May 4.
Peterson says he is hoping for an answer from her when her Bangerz Tour makes its Feb. 27 stop at US Airways Center in Phoenix. He will be in the sixth row at the concert, according to his mother.