Our show is three hours long, which means that it ends here in the east coast around 9:55am, and then starts five minutes later on the west coast. Often times, news and information has changed throughout the three hours that we have been on the air here, thereby making it necessary to update the beginning of the show for the west coast audience. On days where nothing changes, we can just run the tape of the show for the Pacific Time zone. But many days, we find it necessary to do the beginning of the show again, live, for the west.
Today, we are updating the beginning of the show because, in the time since the show began on the east coast, the news has come that two winners of the Mega Millions lottery have been discovered -- one in New Jersey, and one in Georgia. So we need to update that news, and in addition, we have a new live guest for the show. Margaret DeFrancisco, who is the President and CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, will be on for a live interview about the lottery and her state's winner.
In the control room this morning, I was sitting next to Eric Jackson, who is our overnight researcher. He was booking Margaret at about 8:30 this morning, talking to her about the interview and working out logistics to get her to the studio. Because we are a news program first and foremost, we always have to make sure we are giving all of our audiences in all time zones the most updated information. Therefore, Margaret's booking has become an important part of one of the big stories of the morning, and we are making sure that our friends out west get the most relevant show possible.