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Friday, January 20, 2006 

Sports Talk Radio...Behind The Mike

Spent this morning hanging out in the studio for the "Mayhem in the A.M." show at 790 The Zone, Atlanta's top sports radio station, for a big article in Atlanta magazine. I'm a bit of a radio junkie, so it was a kick to see the behind-the-scenes action, which is both more and less complex than you'd think. I think I've got a great job--hell, these cats get to hang out and talk sports and life for four hours a day. I would've loved to get on-mike, but the repartee of the hosts is so polished that there was really no room--it would've been like somebody bringing along a strange new friend to hang out with you and your mates at a bar, a little awkward and forced. But it was a bit of a rush to be heading down 400 at 6:15 in the morning, hearing them say, "We've got this writer from Atlanta magazine coming in..."

Anyway, a good morning. But how those guys greet the dawn every day amazes me. I had to go to bed about 10 last night--which for me is the equivalent of most people's 7--and at 5 this morning had the old "Jesus, did I even sleep yet...?" feeling until I looked at the clock--and realized it didn't matter if I had. Off to nap now.


Jay Busbee runs Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR Blog From The Marbles, Atlanta Magazine's Atlanta sports blog Right Down Peachtree, and the Southern sports/humor blog Sports Gone South. He also writes for damn near anybody who'll throw him a buck and a byline, and he's at work on the books The Quiet Dynasty: The History Of The Atlanta Braves' Championship Run (2009, Sports Publishing LLC) and God Is A Bulldog: Georgia, Florida, And The Greatest Play In College Football History (2010, Sports Publishing LLC). Click below for more info on his novels, articles, and comics.
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