Although the convention doesn’t start until Monday, today was my first official day working as a runner for CBS Radio: and run I did, well, more like a hurried hustle.
But to back up, I received this opportunity when I interned at WCCO Radio last spring. I am going to be working at the convention until the Saturday or Sunday after it ends all day, every day. I am excited, but also anxious because I have never experienced anything like this before.
Although the convention itself will be insanely busy, the few days before it are going to be chaos because normally there are few weeks between the Republican and Democratic Conventions: this year there are three days. I spent my shift today trucking equipment from the CBS News area (located in the depths of the River Centre) upstairs to the Press level in the Xcel. Though it was a lot of grunt work, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be working at the convention. I am sure once the convention starts there will be a lot of exciting news, famous sightings, and other miscellaneous things to report.
Being the media/journalism and political junkie that I am, here is today’s report on media/political sightings: I did not see any famous/well-known journalists or politicians, though I was not completely surprised being that the convention does not start for two days. However, it was exciting to see CNN set up shop across the street from the Xcel, with their Election Center bus and all. I also got a thrill walking on the convention floor and seeing various media outlets set up their cameras and equipment around the floor and in the skyboxes and suites aligning the arena.
If anyone has any suggestions, questions, critiques, comments, please feel free to pass them along.