Friday, June 28, 2013
94. Go to an ESPN radio show
I finally made it out to an ESPN radio show. That is pretty much the only radio station I have listened to for the past 10 years when I am driving by myself. I have gotten to know the different guys on the radio quite a bit - well, as much as you can by listening to them talk about sports and sometimes about their own daily lives.
Last week I was doing one of my regular checks on espn1000.com to see where they might be broadcasting from on the occasions for when they are outside of their regular studio. I got really excited. As I was trying to figure out how to swing it I just decided to make it part of my errands that I ran for today. I had to so some shopping out near Geneva (where they were broadcasting from) so I just worked it as one of the stops. As I got closer I saw the van and started to get excited.
Here was the scene when I got in there:
The place was pretty loud. Between conversations from people at their tables and the large speaker blasting the radio show it was an interesting mix. I have listened to these guys so many times on the radio and never really had a picture of what they look like. They are just sitting back and having a conversation as if they were talking to each other on the telephone. It was pretty neat.
At the commercial breaks they just sat at the table and let people come up to chat and to sign autographs. It was super laid back. Another that thing hit me as I was there was that there is a ton of time for breaks. It felt like there was 10 minutes for each commercial break. When you mix in commercials, score updates from all of the different sports and news updates it gets long. That was nice today as it allowed me to go and chat with both of the guys for a couple of minutes.
Here's a close shot of Waddle talking with a little boy that was in front of me in line:
That's probably not a shot that he would have approved to get posted onto the internet, but it is what I got. When I was chatting with him I talked about how I used to act like I was him when I was playing football at recess back in 5th and 6th grade. He was my favorite Bear when I was little so it was pretty cool to chat with him for a bit. Silvy was really nice too. Both guys were super inviting and in no way at all did they act like they were celebrities or that they would rather be in the studio with no one bothering them.
Here's a picture that they were handing out that I got both guys to sign for me:
That one is definitely going up on the wall in the garage!
I am very glad that I was able to go and check them out. If it wasn't on this list I know I wouldn't have gone out to see them.
52 goals down!