(From David Naggiar, TODAY Production Manager)
My wife has always told me that I should keep a log of various anecdotal things that happen to me while working at NBC. I can hear her saying, "What will it take you, 2 or 3 minutes to write a few lines in a journal, on a pad or even a piece of paper while you're sitting on the plane?" So, I am glad we've started this blog for the Today Show, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with everyone from time to time.
I have been with the Today Show for a long time and have been fortunate enough to do a lot of traveling for them over the years. As a production manager, I spend a good amount of time with crews and producers on remotes. From a country road outside Lincoln, Nebraska interviewing a 92 year-old postman still delivering his mail on a freezing cold January morning, to the feet of the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Egypt for the 1st "Where in the World is Matt Lauer." There are many stories that happen to us on the road, and it's always a lot of fun to reminisce about these anecdotal moments with friends-especially with crews and producers who happened to be part of these stories. Of course the stories get embellished as they are told and we all try to correct each other with each person's point of view "That's not what really happened!!!"
This week was full of events where our crews, producers and production managers were out on the road - from the stormy weather in the Midwest, to the snow and cold in the Northeast and the Anna Nicole story in Florida and the Bahamas. On an average morning this week I found myself driving in the snow and unplowed streets and highways at 4AM in the morning to come to Studio 1A in Rockefeller Center in New York City. As we prepared for the 7AM start to the broadcast, I made contact with the other Production Managers who were on the road covering some of the week’s events. One was in the Bahamas with our correspondent Ron Mott reporting on the Anna Nicole Smith story. One was in Enterprise, Alabama with Al Roker reporting on the devastation there.
From Egypt to Nebraska over the last 20 plus years, to Bahamas and Alabama in one day, we cover it all. Tomorrow, next week....who knows? Maybe I'll be in warm place!