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After more than 30 years in the business you tend to have quite a library of audio. I’m uploading as fast as I can so stay tuned as more and more appears on the site.

-Scott

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After more than 30 years in the business you tend to have quite a library of audio. I’m uploading as fast as I can so stay tuned as more and more appears on the site.

-Scott

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After more than 30 years in the business you tend to have quite a library of audio. I’m uploading as fast as I can so stay tuned as more and more appears on the site.

-Scott

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2008 Presidential Election


At XM, the 2008 Presidential election became very special. Hugh Panero, the CEO, had the idea to launch a channel devoted to covering the election. He asked me to create the channel and he named it POTUS (after the wire code for the President President of the United States). The channel launched service in September of 2007. We activated the channel prior to that with this “coming attraction” barker:

POTUS 08 Pre-Launch Barker


AFL-CIO Presidential Forum This was the first big broadcast on the POTUS 08 Channel, XM’s all Presidential election channel. We weren’t even officially on the air yet, the channel was broadcasting the pre-launch barker. Tim Farley and I, along with Heath Hall as analyist, carried the debate live from Chicago’s Soldier Field. Jim McBean was the field producer – so we had the big guns. It was 100 degrees on the field, brutal:

AFL-CIO Presidential Fourm Pre-Show August 7, 2007

AFL-CIO Presidential Fourm Post-Show August 7, 2007


Florida Primary When the Florida primary came around – it was a great opportunity for me to return home, Miami, and cover the state’s always – well – interesting political scene. I called my friends at The Miami Herald and they let me use their in newsroom radio studio to do my morning show live:

Florida Primary Live from Miami January 29, 2008 6am

Florida Primary Live from Miami January 29, 2008 7am

Florida Primary Live from Miami January 29, 2008 8am


Super Tuesday The “Super Tuesday” primary fell during GRAMMY week so I was in Los Angeles to cover that. We decided to do our morning show on POTUS 08, the all Presidential Election channel, from LA. Now we went on the air at 6am East Coast Time – so that meant starting at 3am in LA. I’d do the show, grab some sleep and then go cover GRAMMY events. It was brutal. On Super Tuesday we stayed on the air for five hours 3am to 8am (PT), 6am to 11am (ET):

Super Tuesday Live from Los Angeles Hour One Febraury 5, 2008

Super Tuesday Live from Los Angeles Hour Two Febraury 5, 2008

Super Tuesday Live from Los Angeles Hour Three Febraury 5, 2008

Super Tuesday Live from Los Angeles Hour Four Febraury 5, 2008

Super Tuesday Live from Los Angeles Hour Five Febraury 5, 2008


Denver Walk through remote Cameron Gray, the executive producer of POTUS 08, and I went to the walk through for the Democratic Convention at the Pepsi Center. This is where the media comes to the venue and looks the place over, makes plans for coverage and trys to snag the best skybox and floor location. While we were in Denver anyway, we decided to do my morning show from the city:

Denver Remote Hour One November 13, 2007

Denver Remote Hour One November 13, 2007


The Morning Briefing More than anything, I loved doing the morning show on XM’s POTUS 08 channel. I had been wanting to do a show like this format since the mid-80′s when Herb Sierra, Steve Splane and I pitched the concept at WINZ in Miami. I finally got to do it at XM – with a smart, funny, don’t take ourselves too seriously but respect the audience philosophy – we achieved an audience of a million listeners a week. We broke all the rules – our interviews were too long, we opened with a really long audio montage everyday, we played really long audio clips (sometimes whole speeches and …. well you’ll hear for yourself:

POTUS Morning Briefing October 10, 2008 8am

POTUS Morning Briefing June 24, 2008 8am hour

POTUS Morning Briefing June 25, 2008 8am hour

POTUS Morning Briefing June 27, 2008 7am hour


Needless to say, the highlight of our run at POTUS 08 on XM was the two national conventions – the Democrats in Denver and the Republicans in St. Paul. We broadcast gavel to gavel converage of the conventions themselves and were on the air for many hours prior to and after the sessions were gaveled to order.

This is the first hour of the Denver coverage, the day after President Obama was selected to be the Democratic nominee:

Democratic National Convention Denver Day Four Hour One August 28, 2008





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