We arrived at 8am; the show airs live at 9am. The studio is located in Victory Park in downtown Dallas, just outside the American Airlines arena where the Stars and the Mavericks play. The unmanned lobby (which is really not much more than a vestibule with a couple of chairs) was beginning to fill up with all the day's guests. Within minutes, one of the cameramen/producers came out and called for us to set up our prop table in the studio. While we were setting up, the local weatherman (Greg Fields) was in front of a green screen doing the weather after the local anchor finished doing news cut-ins. All of this was taking place in roughly a 20' x 30' room.
|Susan and Sarah at the prop table|
We were supposed to present pillowcases to Lynne Sipiora of The Samaritan Inn, but we received word that she was involved in an auto accident on her way down. So now, we had to rearrange the shot. We spoke with Paige, our host, and reviewed our materials. She was just the sweetest - so down to earth and friendly!! We found out that we were scheduled during the first segment of the show; no time to get any more nervous than we already were!
Lynne arrived at the studio, but it was too late to squeeze her in.
|Susan, Lynne, and Bridgette from LuckyU PR|
We then packed up all our props, visited with Paige a little longer, and headed to our car. We were back on the highway by 9:30. The funny thing is, I started shaking once we got to the car. PTSD??
It was a great experience. It was interesting to see how they utilize such a relatively small space for a variety of guests and setups. I still feel like a dork, but apparently we did a decent job. Who knows? Perhaps they'll invite us back!
If you didn't see the show, you can watch our story here.