One down, three to go.
Nephew Al and I drove to East Chicago on some pretty slick roads and did the Lowell-Lake Central sectional 1 game from the John A. Barato Center in East Chicago. Dave Kusiak joined me on color, and Kirk "Minnow" Smith did a little pregame. Christina Cortez filmed the game, so that video is somewhere. Tony Panek produced from the studio. Al kept stats right next to me along press row.
Lowell, on the strength of 23 points from Jonathan Cory, beat Lake Central 61-44. The Cory brothers, Jonathan and Brandon, were the difference, shooting from way beyond the arc and driving to the basket and dishing it off.
"Uncle Jim, I'm meaning to ask you," Al said on the drive home. "When you said that Brandon Cory had seven assists on the night, were you just making that up?"
"What do you think, Al? What do you think?"
Fumes from your own bullshit,
You can't get much higher.
On the way home, Al and I stopped by the studio to check on things. Angel Jimenez was there installing a new mixing board in our recording "truth booth." It'll be a completely digital booth... but for some reason to reach our levels we have to turn the gain all the way up. That's never good.
Also, for you radio tech geeks, I'm trying to get my wireless "preacher"-type microphone to work. We have the DPA mic and the Sennheiser transmitters and receivers (I'll actually have to wear two belt packs to make it work), but we can't find or never received this thing called a DPA micro connector. I just looked online and this little screw costs a hundred bucks. Go figure.
If you can't do it with your words,
Try pantominin', pantominin'
I'm really kinda proud of our programming this evening... not that I'm not proud on other evenings. Kusiak and I did the Lowell-Lake Central game, and then we turned to a tape delay broadcast of Valparaiso beating state #2 ranked Merrillville in the first game of the Crown Point sectional. Ryan Walsh and Dan Repay were on the call from CP. It went to overtime.
Then we went to Rick Kubic and his "Region After Dark" program from 10pm to midnight. Indiana high school basketball for three hours, then a good storyteller. I'd even listen to WJOB on a night like tonight.