So, a tweet appeared early Monday night in my feed from our beloved President Gee:
Bring your Buckeye spirit to Ohio Union at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow and The Today Show might air live on campus this October! ow.ly/dMJaO— E. Gordon Gee (@presidentgee) September 18, 2012
The link, by the way, leads to the voting form - just in case you want to stop here and vote. If so, feel free to come back after.
Since I had business (but no classes) to attend to on campus Tuesday anyway, I made a point to leave early and see what was being planned.
For those unfamiliar with the current Today show format, it now runs from 7:00-11:00 A.M. ET. That's a lot of time to fill, and you can only keep a person in front of bright, hot stage lights for so long. For the fourth hour, they give the standard hosts a break and run with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. To further make things interesting, they let the ladies drink on set.
My coverage starts right around start time at 9:30 (traffic on State Route 315 is simply ridiculous in the mornings), by which point we had assembled a decent crowd around the filming site, as well as a few band members (though whether they were TBDBITL or simply athletic band I do not know), the cheerleaders, and enough crowd to fill around the Union's rafters. Oh, and Brutus, of course. The promo was as much for NBC as for us, with the event running live via satellite uplink. Thusly, we were treated to professional set crews (who were themselves treated to free coffee and tea), as well as the sober member of Today's fourth hour, correspondent Sara Haines. Renditions of Hang on Sloopy, Seven Nation Army, and a slightly quieter Old Columbus Town (Sara wanted to do interviews during that segment without eating the microphone) were played and sung with the Today broadcast playing on the Union's flatscreens in the background. A fun time all around, and NBC's crew seemed quite pleased at our efforts.
What comes of this will be up to voters; voters like, well, you reading this. If you want to see Kathie Lee and Hoda "drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes", click on the link in Dr. Gee's tweet and vote!