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Do's and Don'ts of Election Night Coverage

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Just a couple of quick notes as I reassess election night. For a reporter, there's nothing quite like it. It's exciting to watch the returns come in, and to see the reaction from different camps. It's exciting to try to outfight the reporter from the other station for the interview from the most wanted candidate at the moment. On Tuesday, it was fun to stay in studio and process the returns on races state-wide. Even though I've been doing this for 16 years, I feel a bit wiser for my experience on Tuesday night, so here's a short list of do's and don'ts.

1. Do anticipate long hours, that fly by. 2. Do enjoy the pizza your employer buys for you and the rest of the staff for putting in those long hours. 3. Don't eat too much pizza, especially when combined with cold medicine and a lot of diet cola. Otherwise you might sound like that guy who does the Shick Schladel ads on our air. 4. Do enjoy the moment. No matter how often I've done it, there's a special thrill involved in covering an election. It's one of the things that keep me in radio. 5. If you want to sleep the night after the election, do call home and make sure your children are not feeding your Golden Retriever chili while you're gone. 6. If you didn't call home. Don't go home that night. 7. Don't believe your wife when at three in the morning, she blames the chili mishap on the children. 8. Do know the name of a good carpet cleaner.


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