Chavez Ravine – Los Angeles California
Astros 5 – Dodgers 1
For the first time in history, the Houston Astros have won the World Series bringing the city only its third championship in any major sport. Now comes the question – how do you handle it on radio the next day? Every Astros fan will be potentially tuning into you for reaction, highlights, inside analysis, etc. but most importantly they want to celebrate with you. The highlights are cool, your expert analysis is fine but now is the moment EVERYONE has been hoping and praying for, and it’s time to let loose and just have some fun!
To get a sense of how a sports talk show reacted, I immediately went to the morning show on Sports Radio 610 KILT in Houston. MaD Radio is the morning show on 610 with established hosts Mike Meltser and Seth Payne. I listened to their first few segments the morning after to get a sense of how they handled the celebration. Both Mike and Seth left the analysis for later down the road (even noting that they would get to certain aspects later) and instead went directly to letting the morning listeners know how they felt, what they were doing, how they reacted once the final out was recorded and that the Astros were indeed the champs!
They both shared how they too are fans and how every single out was soooo painful (I’ve been there before – this is playoff baseball!). They didn’t waste time with anything else and immediately allowed the callers to chime in. I’m not normally into shows that just rifle through calls all day but getting to the calls on this day was VITAL. Fans want to rejoice, and no longer need to call into vent about one frustration or another, they get to CELEBRATE!
The last bit that I listened to was absolutely hilarious. The guys went down the roster and had some fun with “how are they celebrating”. As you probably guessed, this was their take on what they presume each player decided to do after the big win! Verlander is getting a tattoo, Brian McCann is passed out in an old leather chair with a scotch, Gattis is getting a breakfast burrito at a food truck in LA and so on. This is by far the best way to help celebrate a championship… again, who cares about the analysis, have some freaking fun!
The fans deserve it and so do the hosts. Have fun Houston fans, remember the parade and let the party roll on for as long as you can. It’s great to see a championship come to a city that has endured so much!