Thursday, August 21 – Plan B It Is

(Because the Redskins produce the preseason games in-house, I thought this might offer a good opportunity to watch the entire production of a game, from the advance production work it all the way through to the actual broadcast. At Redskins Park, I’ve been meeting with producer Brad Baker. Also, part 2 and part 3.)

The kickoff time crisis has been resolved, although not to anyone’s satisfaction.

“I talked to the Panthers people,” says Brad, “and the issue is that this week in the NFL, they’re doing a youth football thing in all the stadiums. And the NFL is insisting that all the kids and all the players be on the field for the anthem at the same time. So it has to happen after player introductions, which means they can’t move it. So Plan B it is.”

He shrugs. “Since we’re taping the game this week, we need to be cognizant of keeping the tape slightly on the short side, since we’re going live to Mike and Joe and the keys to the game, and it would be awkward if they kick off while we’re still in the tape. Not the way to cover the opening of the game.”

Also prepared on Brad’s desk are the reads for the announcers, the various brief commercials they have to recite. There is nothing inherently fascinating about these, except that glancing over the Geico read below, I can’t help but hear it in Mike Patrick’s distinctive voice, and once I’ve read it, it becomes completely stuck in my head.

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I’ll be doing my Q&A with Brad before he departs today, so this is your last chance to give me your questions, either via email or in the comments.

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