on Saturday, January 24th with our arrival in Tampa, Florida.
Bill Coates, Tim Thompson, Craig Smoak, and I, will arrive at 2:00pm eastern time, and begin 2-days of preparations for our on-air coverage from NFL Media Headquarters and Radio Row.
It’s always a little interesting early, we know we’ll be at the Tampa Convention Center, but not sure where, compared to others stations, and there are usually well over a hundred of them.
Location on Radio Row is extremely important for the flow of traffic of guests, and sometimes it’s like catching fish in a barrel, sometimes, like our last trip to Tampa, it can be more difficult.
We’ll spend Sunday putting together our mass amount of on-air equipment, which also means Bill Coates won’t be involved in the process at all.
Bill, remains clueless of the Internet, Cell-Phone’s, Text Messaging, and even Email.
In fact, we broke his heart earlier in the week when we told him we were not shipping his typewriter to Tampa.
God Bless Him though, he’s good at covering press conferences, which I can’t stand.
Meanwhile, our owner, Paul Gleiser, who—after several weeks of negotiations, was allowed to make the trip, will arrive on Sunday evening, and that will end all of the fun.
He’ll probably embarrass us by walking into Radio Row, looking like, well—a photographer and not a radio guy.
After his first-ever trip to a major event last year (Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix), we’ve laid the law down, “Do not infringe on our post-Sports Talk, nighttime schedule.”
On-site producer, Jeff Wood, is arriving late this year, not sure if his excuse is valid, or he’s holding out for better pay.
We’ll seriously miss his presence, because he’s been a stud in securing guests, and he’s also the only person I can rely on helping me setup the equipment on Sunday.
Oh well, that’s it for now.
More earth-shattering gossip to follow.