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August 16, 2010

BP Unfiltered

There's Matt Lauer...And Then There's Me

by Kevin Goldstein

About two weeks ago, I did a six-minute hit on a Chicago-based CBS television morning show called “Monsters And Money.” I thought the hit went well (you can see the video here), and the producers told me after that they were happy with it and would love to have me on again.

Those producers called me this morning, and while I was expecting an invitation for another brief appearance, something very different happened instead. The producers informed me that the show was canceled (more details here), and I told them I was sorry to hear that and really enjoyed working with them. They then informed me that there were still two weeks of shows to produce, and that the hosts of the show, long-time local radio sports guys Dan Jiggets and Mike North, had taken their accrued vacation and left the production.

So what does this mean for me? Well, either the producers really did like me, or they are really desperate to fill in these next two weeks, or some combination of both. Nonetheless, on Tuesday morning (that's tomorrow), I'll be co-hosting the CBS 2 Chicago morning show from 5-7 am. Not doing a quick hit mind you, but actually doing two hours of live television at an hour normally reserved for my sleep. So sports, news and business with me, and luckily some more experienced professionals (ex-CNBC staffer Mike Hegedus will run the circus). If you are in the greater Chicago area, and get up that early (or hey, set your DVR), it just might be the best on-screen disaster since Albert Brooks' flop sweat in Broadcast News. For now, I'm gonna pack and rest, production meetings start at 4 a.m.  

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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John Carter

Does one wish TV performers to "break a leg"? If so, do so.

Aug 16, 2010 15:02 PM
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bronnerea

Baseball Perspectus? Oy....

Aug 16, 2010 15:08 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Hey, they fixed it later . . .

Aug 16, 2010 15:12 PM
 
misterjohnny
(925)

Us out of towners will need a You Tube of this...

Aug 16, 2010 15:39 PM
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pobothecat

Be yourself. Don't force it. Good luck.

Aug 16, 2010 16:06 PM
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ofMontreal

Right on KG. You can do a special bit on who signed on the dotted line by midnite. Cool opportunity.

Aug 16, 2010 16:28 PM
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Doom Service

But at least you'll get a good night's sleep, right? It's not like you'll be up past midnight tonight following all the important deadline day draft signings....oh wait.

Aug 16, 2010 18:00 PM
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Asinwreck

Kevin, feel no pressure. As the Tribune reported last week, "The show typically attracted less than a 2 percent share of those Chicago homes watching TV." Do exactly what you do on the podcast...maybe absent the profanity.

Aug 16, 2010 18:24 PM
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Matt Kory

Why can the profanity? Shows getting canceled anyway.

Aug 17, 2010 11:39 AM
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Scott44

Awesome, enjoy it KG!

Aug 16, 2010 20:55 PM
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Richie

"Kevin, this is your Mother posting. Don't be yourself. Trust me on this one. Mothers know."

Aug 16, 2010 21:00 PM
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pobothecat

ha ha

Aug 17, 2010 00:23 AM
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serviceoutrage

Mike North:Kevin Goldstein::Craig Kilborn:Jon Stewart

Aug 16, 2010 23:25 PM
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Greg Pizzo

Good luck, KG! Post a link!

Aug 17, 2010 05:02 AM
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HankScorpio

That's great. Good luck and have fun!

Aug 17, 2010 08:11 AM
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matteson72

Where does your hair rate on the 20-80 scale?

Aug 17, 2010 10:46 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I appreciated all this kind words. There are some clips up at:

http://cbs2chicago.com/monstersandmoney

Oh yeah, they asked me to come back on Friday . . .

Aug 17, 2010 13:16 PM
 
drewsumner

So does this mean we can expect MLU's to be MIA?

Aug 17, 2010 13:40 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

They return tomorrow. Only other problem will be next Friday.

Aug 17, 2010 14:56 PM
 
TheGorsk

Loved the hat. Will it be a permanent fixture on the show?

Aug 17, 2010 14:02 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

They've asked for the black one on Friday.

Aug 17, 2010 18:03 PM
 
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