Sirius XM MLB Radio VerdictPosted: February 2, 2011
Well we did it! MLB Radio is hiring me to do shows for the 2011 season. This is very exciting for a few reasons. First, I love interacting with people who love baseball. Second, I am able to do this job from anywhere in the country. More on that. Finally, I am excited about readers to drive the conversation. But how about I talk about the experience?
They are in Washington DC, you will be in San Diego
Technology is amazing. MLB Radio rented out a small studio in San Diego for me to do the test shows. The studio was about 10 feet by 10 feet. It was one of many inside KFMB Studios in San Diego. The room had a large consol with a bunch of bottons and lights on it. There were 3 screens and 2 computers next to the consol. Outside of that was a CD or DVD Player and another stereo sized box. It reminded me of the amplifier that my brother Larsen used when he would fire out Pantera and Metallica on his guitar when we were growing up.
After taking a look at the room and situating myself, the manager of the station told me that everything was ready to go. The “lines” are hooked up with your guys in DC.
Moments later I heard, “Morgan?…..Morgan?” I have never heard God’s voice, but I was certain that God had a deeper voice than that. No, it isn’t God, it is coming from the speakers on the consol. Ah….what button do I push to tell the mystery voice that I am here? I’ll try the one that says “Talk.” I pushed the button, channeled Han Solo from Star Wars and said, “Ahhhhh….Situation normal. Everything under control….” Laughter came from the speakers as Mike Ferrin, the host of the show, greeted me.
Mike told me that we would try and hook up Skype so that we can see each other. Of course there was a problem, I wasn’t given a password to the wireless network so we would be doing this, “blind.” In other words, I would not see Mike and he would not see me during the show. This makes interviews and conversation a little tricky. In the end, Mike is a pro so he made everything very easy for me. He comes well prepared which is a blessing to me. If you haven’t noticed, I am a person who does a lot of homework. Why don’t I describe what I did for these 2 shows?
I read a lot. I read every headline on Yahoo Sports. I will then check Fox Sports for article’s to see if they have anything that Yahoo didn’t. After I read the news, I opened up my spreadsheet and start adding to the information.
My spreadsheet is where I put all of my information. Since I am analytical, I have the information put in the same order according to each teams name in alphabetical order. When I click on the team name, a bunch of information is right in front of me. I have all of the players stats from the previous year and also any awards that they won. If there is a story about a certain guy then I highlight his name and write the story in a column dedicated to news. At the top of the page is the GM and Owner’s name along with the teams payroll. Next to the owner’s name is a box that tells me how he made his money, how much he bought the team for, and quotes that they make specifically about their team’s payroll. Below that are the players and their stats. Next to their names are their current salary and service time.
Once that is finished, I add and subtract news as the season progresses. It isn’t perfect at all, but it is familiar and allows me to navigate a lot of information quickly. I am in the process of adding the top prospects information since more of you fans are asking questions about that.
Next up is Twitter. This is the single best most amazing resource for information about baseball. I ask readers what I should talk about and in seconds you tweet back answers. If you have ever heard me on tv or the radio, you should know that there are 2 conversations going. The first is the obvious. It is the conversation that I am having with the host. The second is the Twitter conversation that I am having with those who follow me. People who follow me on twitter will ask a question and I try and “weave” it into the current conversation on the “air.” It is fun and makes me feel like some sort of spy who is speaking in code.
The guy who put this all together is Executive Producer Brent Gambill. He is the one who contacted me about doing the show and did all of the logistics. We are now waiting for signatures from Sirius XM so that I can start. While we wait on that, I asked if I could do other shows. It would be short sighted of me to wait on signatures. My goal is to be better each time I get on the air. So be on the lookout. I will update you if I get to do any shows.