This is the time of the year when folks who have three-hour-per-day radio shows get some well-deserved time away from the grind. And most of them line up replacement hosts with a high degree of skill and ability or, at a minimum, a really cool cigarette-deepened voice.
Or, if no one fitting that description is available, they get someone like me.
Next week, I’ll be sitting in for two of our favorite radio hosts (Sid Rosenberg already is concerned that he may have competition on the list). On Tuesday, I’ll join Henry Lake for the second half of Paul Allen’s show on KFAN in Minneapolis.
And, on Monday, I’ll be putting into jeopardy every ounce of goodwill and sweat equity that Dan Patrick has amassed over the years. (So much for Dan actually relaxing during his time off.)
Yes, from 9:00 a.m. to noon ET, I’ll be leaning heavily on talents of the Danettes (for the prep; they’re on vacation next week, too) and FOX Sports Radio Senior Producer Greg Toohey to keep me from looking and/or sounding like any more of a moron than I ordinarily do. (It won’t matter if I actually look like an idiot; the broadcast will be radio only.)
We’re putting together a list of quality guests that includes NBC’s Cris Collinsworth and Rodney Harrison, and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith. So we urge everyone in PFT Planet to be prepared to dial up one of the many local affiliates that carry Dan’s show, to punch up DanPatrick.com, to download the free Dan Patrick Show iPod app, and/or to download the free Blackberry app (especially if you have a Sprint phone).
We’re also open to suggestions for topics or other possible guests. I’ve budgeted plenty of time to prep for the show; the only challenge will be staying awake while watching the British Open, where they’ve wisely restricted any urinary temptations by limiting the presence of trees on the course at St. Andrews.