A different kind of October: My NBA debut this Saturday in MilwaukeePosted on October 17, 2012
If you take a poll of sports media in this town, and asked them who the hardest working sports media personality among us was, the winner might be crowned by unanimous vote. Dave Johnson in any event would win in a landslide. Dave is WTOP's Sports Director, anchors morning drive sports on the station, calls play-by-play for the Wizards and D.C. United, and also appears on Comcast SportsNet as an anchor in his "free" time. He does his WTOP sports updates from wherever his play-by-play schedule takes him. Just this morning, he was on from Toronto, where the Wiz are preparing to take on the Raptors. If the Wizards are on the west coast playing in, say, Los Angeles? Yep, he's on from there too. Portland? You betcha. The hours he keeps are worthy of a head shake; it makes me want to reach for a cup of coffee just thinking about it. He more than gets my vote for hardest working sports guy in town with a microphone. It's rather amazing, really. There's only one thing Dave hasn't been able to do yet, and that's have himself cloned. So this Saturday, when D.C. United hosts Columbus at RFK, he'll be on hand for the call. The Wizards, at the same time, will be in Milwaukee playing the Bucks at the Bradley Center. That's where this gets a little weird. Yep, as you might have guessed by now, I'm pinch-hitting for Dave Saturday since science hasn't figured out a way to have him in two places at once. I'll be doing play-by-play for the Wizards Saturday night in his place. It will be the first NBA game I've ever done, and I'm very much looking forward to working with Glenn Consor for the night. It's been a while, but I did a little basketball a long time ago. My first radio job had me doing high school hoops in Indiana sometime during the Paleozoic era. Little bit different this time around. But I'm happy to help out for a night. The game will be on Federal News Radio 1500 and WashingtonWizards.com Saturday from downtown Milwaukee. It's more than a little strange to have extra time on my hands during the fall, but I'm happy to give it a whirl. We'll be on the air at 8:30 Saturday night.