Cirque du Sirois was wrapping up. (By the way -- just as some Ticket hosts seem determined to deliberately mispronounce "Hitzges," which is not difficult to pronounce, some similarly seem to think the name of the show is Cirque de Sirois. Sorry, I know it's nitpicky, but persistent errors on names that should be well-known to the broadcaseters just frost my ass. It borders on disrespect. Yeah, maybe it's a bit.) And the Sirois team was mulling over whether there would be a Race Week, when Carlos Leal mentioned that he was going to be doing it. After some initial banter over whether it was a bit, it soon became clear that Carlos would, indeed, be doing Race Week.
I didn't get to hear more than about fifteen minutes of it. They didn't even change the intro, which still announced that Rich Phillips would be hosting.
I must say that Carlos handled his duties manfully. I like all of the NewGen JVTickemen -- Carlos, John Fahey, and Logan Gourley. I would not have expected him to be as fluid as Rich, and he wasn't. It sounded like he was reading off a prepared text with his initial "news of the week" segment, whereas Rich's account always sounded like he knew what had happened and was easily winging it. Carlos had trouble with some sentences, but seeing as how it was his inaugural effort, he got the news across clearly. No problem. Rich has been a live broadcaster for decades. Keep on swinging, Carlos.
(By the way -- pretty sure Carlos's delivery was live, no "Race Week CD" The Orphanage routinely accused Rich of generating.)
I'm not a broadcaster, but if I had one piece of advice to offer, it would be just to slow down, keep it conversational. Rich's blitzkrieg delivery cannot be duplicated.
What interests me more than Carlos's performance is the conversations that must have taken place in deciding what to do about the 2-3 pm slot on Saturdays.
I don't know if Carlos is a NASCAR fan. I don't know if he went to The Western Hemisphere Catman and offered his services, or maybe begged to be given a shot. I don't know if Cat had a holy-s____ moment and sent out a memo saying who in the name of all things Tickety can we get to keep Race Week going? and everyone else took one step back. I do know -- no, that's not right, I only suspect -- that most P1's thought that Rich's departure spelled the end of Race Week.
In any event, I'm always interested in new voices getting new opportunities, so I urge the P1 to keep The Ticket on while running errands on Saturday afternoon, and check out Race Week, starring Carlos Leal.
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Who the heck, or what the heck, is Giuffria? and Zebra?