As Producer of SportsTalk, one handles everything behind the scenes. When I say everything, I mean everything. All sounds, microphones, timing, promotions, cosmetics and hell, even our new internet video feed (<–us radio guys, generally speaking, are fairly camera shy…so much for that).
Most of the aforementioned things are just part of the profession, but the endearing part of the job comes in the personal, behind the scenes conversations that take place when you’re prepping a guest to get ready to join us on the program.
Depending on the individual, and the regularity with which they join us on the show, you can develop quite the relationship with the sports figures that matter most in the state.
Some are strictly professional before they hit the airwaves and some let loose just a bit. Such is the human condition.
Friday night, for the first time in 4+ years as Producer of SportsTalk, I had a unique experience trying to get USC legend George Rogers lined up to join us. Anybody that knows Rogers knows of his extremely exuberant nature.
First call, no answer (never a good sign in production land). As soon as the second attempt was headed to voicemail an unfamiliar voice answered the phone. It wasn’t George. “George stepped away and left his phone.” Slightly taken aback I tried my best to explain what was going on to the gentleman I was speaking with concerning Rogers.
“This is Hugh Green, I’ll join you until he gets back if that works for you?!”
The runner-up to the 1980 Heisman Trophy preceding the winner of said trophy, who happens to be one of the greatest athletes ever to grace our state, joining us live on the program? Yes, Hugh, that’ll do just fine. Thanks.