Like most people this week in Charlotte, I'm digging out from the avalanche that was the Democratic National Convention.
Kudos to the WBT shuttle drivers, staffers Katie, Gary & Eriel. My biggest broadcast concern was actually getting to the Arena. At 4am you don't want to make a wrong turn down a closed street. They got us where we needed to go. With A/C!
We had a great location inside Time Warner Cable Arena, just inside the 5th street entrance. First thing we did was flip our logo banner over a nearby railing. You can see it in the background of this David Letterman's clip (around 2:20 in) and thousands of people passed it as they came up the elevator. I expect a bonus from Marketing.
That elevator is kind of unusual in that it's the only one on the 5th Street side of the Arena. There's a guy who comes by around 5:45am to turn the key and change the direction. Up in the morning, down in the evening. I tried to talk to him ("You're the most important guy here this morning!"). He was not amused.
Geraldo turned out to be my favorite guest of the week. We were on what they call Radio Row - he was broadcasting right behind us. He says hi to my mom (she listens to him in NY) so I got some kudos for that. By the way, bit of controversy about censorship on Radio Row.
I got some new listeners by taking a few cell phone pictures over at MSNBC's setup at the Epicentre. These ladies were stalking NBC's Chuck Todd and they were watching when Tom Brokaw become ill on the set of Morning Joe (he's fine, story here).
A new Twitter hashtag, #CLTfaq, took off this week. Launched by @BriandFrancis, assistant to the Mecklenburg County Manager, it's crowd-sourced Q&A about the city and the DNC. Wondering if it stays actitve after the convention. It should.
People here joke that Charlotte is very buttoned up; our midday host calls it Tidy Town. So I'd love to have seen the reaction when protestors used a projector to flash slogans with dirty words (gasp!) on the sides of uptown buildings last night. Anybody get a picture?
Jon Stewart's been taping the Daily Show here. I like his quote about Charlotte, "“You’re the nicest people. It’s really kind of annoying.”
See y'all next time!