So, I was doing like I do every weekday, sitting at my desk on the computer, working while I listen to the Shannyn Moore Show on KUDO 1080, when Shannyn announced that the Rachel Maddow Show was going to be broadcasting live from Anchorage. The show would be broadcast live from the Tap Root Cafe, a restaurant and bar with live music and the home of Shannyn’s television show on local politics, Moore Up North. Shannyn announced on her show that there would be a limited number of tickets, on a first-come, first-serve basis, and that interested parties had to send in an email to a particular address. I immediately emailed the given address, and found out later that night that I was successful. I would be joining two hundred or so other eager progressives in perhaps the progressive media event of my life thus far in Anchorage.
It turned out that there were far more than two hundred people in the audience that night, most of whom were standing room only. Estimates put the crowd at around 300-400. Of course, there was no mention of the event later in the local media, even though similar-sized crowds involving conservative national television personalities would receive extensive coverage from the paper and television stations. That is just one of the hazards of living in a conservative town in a conservative state. But it equally adds to the power of being in a room, concentrated with very dedicated progressives; perhaps everyone who is anyone in the progressive leadership and advocacy circles was there to see one of their heroes, the hard-hitting, smart and research-intensive Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.
It was an absolute treat to observe the production involved in broadcasting such a show, and rather impressive to watch how they could make it happen in such a confined space. Prior to the show, Rachel engaged the audience for approximately twenty minutes, talking about her experiences in Alaska and answering questions. It was revealing that Rachel Maddow was exactly the same person she was in person as she is behind the camera. Smart, witty, endearing, friendly and very sincere. I imagine that even outside of a professional setting, she is the same person. I doubt the same cannot be said for her conservative opposites on Fox News or talk radio, who have admitted that they do not believe in what they espouse, they do it to entertain and make loads of money. And who knows, they may even be normal, sane people when they are not on the air, rather than the psychotic, paranoid, despotic fear mongerers that they are on broadcast. Again, it speaks volumes about Rachel Maddow’s integrity that she believes and practices what she presents while on the screen.
To see the show in its entirety, go to the Rachel Maddow Show and check the “Previously” link on the left for the October 26, 2010 broadcast.