Monday, April 14, 2008

Las Vegas Day 2



After growing up in the Eastern and Central time zones, being on Pacific time is so weird to me. It's odd to wake up and realize that most of America is already at work and rocketing towards lunch.

The annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is a huge event that brings TV type folks from over 100 countries to Las Vegas. With over two million square feet of floor space, the Las Vegas Convention Center has plenty of room for the 1600 vendors.


It's hard to tell, but if you follow the red carpet it is very soon obscured by thousands of people!

I attended a luncheon sponsored by Microsoft where Bob Barker was inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame. I was grinning from ear to ear all through Mr. Barker's speech because, come on, who hates Bob Barker?





Here's a video clip of Mr. Barker talking about the scene in the movie "Happy Gilmore" where he kicks Adam Sandler's butt...

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At the end of Mr. Barker's speech, 4 lucky folks in the audience went up on stage and got to spin the actual Price is Right wheel. The 2 people with the highest spins then got to go to the actual Plinko board. The winner received a $3000 TV and the 2nd place got an X-box 360. It was so awesome to see Bob Barker with his mic on a stick and hosting a form of The Price is Right...I am sure for the very last time.



By the end of the day, my feet were killing me! So I slowly and gingerly walked back to my hotel (which takes 45 minutes with a monorail ride) and spent the evening here at the Excalibur. Tomorrow is shaping up to be a day of broadcast classes as well as more time on the endless show floor.

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