So, I haven’t posted on here in a long time.
Put it this way – my last post here was about the NFC and AFC Championship games. From last season.
So much has happened lately. But, for the sake of time and effort, let’s get to the most recent event.
The 2012 Presidential Election.
If you follow me on twitter (you better, but if you don’t @theshowdannyp), you know I was a co-anchor of Decision 2012 on WCRX-FM in Chicago. Along with that, for those that do know me, I am the least political person you will ever meet. However, for one night, I put my lack of knowledge aside for two reasons:
1.) To learn about the political landscape and the candidates, and
2.) To build my resume up.
I really thought I knew what I was getting into with this coverage. Just follow what the Presidential Election is doing and you’ll be fine, right?
I was so wrong.
Thank God there was a team of reporters and staff surrounding myself and my co-anchors Nicki Butler and Sam Greenberg. Without this team of national, local, and on-scene reporters, we would have sounded like a cheap high school radio club way over their heads.
Paige Johnson was our national corespondent last night. She was the one that followed the House and Senate races with a close eye, and one of the most critical members of our team. In this election, the House and Senate races were just as important as the Presidential race. We, as a team, learned through this process that Congressional races really make the backbone of our government. These are the people that we elect in that construct our bills and try to pass them into laws. Without the intricate job that Paige did, the congressional races around the nation would have gone unnoticed.
To go along with that same point, we put the magnifying glass on the Illinois-based races for congress. The job, that was done exceptionally well, was done by Ashleigh Jung. Her knowledge helped us realize who was winning these critical races for U.S. Congress closer to home.
Our reporters on-the-scene were Tom Moran, who was at McCormick Place for the Democratic Party, Colin Hill at the Witt Hotel for the Republican party, and Nick Bumbaris at the Conaway Center for the Columbia College Chicago Election Party. These three did an amazing job grabbing reaction from the parties and setting the mood for the whole election.
All of our information on the Electoral College came from David Pierczynski and all of our source writers. Their accurate information provided helped us give you the accurate information all night long.
Caitlin Sepessy was our social media ambassador, giving us the trending topics, notable tweets, and facebook posts all night long. A little shy, but a rock star nonetheless.
Our coverage could not have been completed without the help, knowledge, and guidance of David Berner and Cheryl Morton-Langston. The teaching these two provided to all of us helped make this election coverage the best program I have ever been involved with. Without their knowledge, support, and “tough love,” this program wouldn’t have happened and this experience would have gone by the wayside.
Personally, I couldn’t have asked for two better co-anchors than my “Deep Dish Sports” partner Sam Greenberg, and my close friend Nicki Butler. Keep in mind the three of us, as anchors, had to digest all of the information that was coming to us from the word “Go,” and had to know what all of it meant. Sure, there were times where we slipped a little (okay, I slipped. A lot.), but we made sure that informative questions were asked to our guests throughout the night, kept the listeners informed, and had spirited discussions about the issues at hand. Nicki and Sam did an amazing job leading us for the five-hour long marathon broadcast, and I can’t thank these two enough for being by my side all night.
This really was an interesting night, to say the least. The buzz around the election was one of uncertainty. As soon as some of the key swing states started coming in, however, we started to get a feel of what kind of a night it was going to be, starting with Pennsylvania. When it was announced that the state was projected to go to President Obama, and in the way he took the state, the mood switched from uncertainty to one of “we will know the president tonight.” That’s not saying we were cocky. Not at all. It was the gut feelings we all started to have at that time.
One of the interesting things that happened was when we called the projections of Wisconsin and New Hampshire, two critical swing states this year. We started to see numbers come in from the different precincts in those states and, with the guidance of our team, were told to call the states for President Obama. I started getting text messages from my family saying “Hope you didn’t screw this up! No one is calling Wisconsin and New Hampshire yet!” Fast forward a half-hour. The major networks started calling the states for the President. It feels good knowing the networks were behind a college station!
Funniest thing from the night has to come from me. At about 7:45 pm/CT, we were about to go to break, and I decided I was going to toss it. So I started to preview what was coming up and go into the liner that signifies our board operator Joe Lundstrom to take it to break. So I started saying it, but not without a sports kick:
“…All of this and more is on the way. You’re listening to Deep — Decision 2012…”
Remember, I, along with Sam, host “Deep Dish Sports” on that very same station. I figured it was going to happen to one of us – just not that early.
Overall, I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. I really feel I have learned a ton about the political system and what to watch for when I go out and vote. I have also learned that no matter what the President, Congress, or any politician does, we, as citizens, have the ultimate power to go out and choose who we want in office.
My final thank you goes to you, the listeners. Each and every one of you gave us the ultimate form of support by either tuning your.dials to WCRX, 88.1 FM, or by streaming us on wcrxfm.com or the TuneIn app for smart phones. You are the reason all of us want to get in to this business, and I can’t thank you enough for your continued support.
Thank you. I’m Danny Pasquerelli, and I approve this message.