There is no question about it – we would not have been #1 at 10pm for 11 1/2 years without YOU, our loyal ON THE RECORD viewers. You don’t get to be #1 and stay there without the viewers. That is a fact…so thank you.
As we begin to wind down our 10pm hour — and more importantly wind up for 7pm — it is fun to think of all the great times we have had and had with you.
OTR has had a thrilling 11 1/2 years. We have traveled the world — North Korea multiple times, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Afghanistan, India, Italy, France, Germany, Britain, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Honduras, Mexico, China, Aruba, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Bahamas etc …..
We have covered every weather topic — from Katrina (sleeping on a bus in downtown New Orleans with water all around us was all part of the job and we knew we were lucky to have the bus!) to the Tsunami in Thailand to tornadoes that have ripped across the USA.
We have covered every crime – from Natalee Holloway to OJ Simpson to Casey Anthony!
And of course, we have covered terrorism …..from Christmas Day underwear bomber to Boston Marathon and every thing before, in between and since!
We have interviewed Presidents …and lot of them…from Bush 41 to Clinton to Bush 43 to then Senator, now President Obama!
And Senators? Members of the House? Yes…just about everybody including the leadership (Senator Harry Reid, Senator Mitch McConnell, Speaker John Boehner, Leader Cantor, Minority Leader (then Speaker) Pelosi, etc)
Candidates for President? Yup…all of them from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Representative Bachmann to Governor Romney to Speaker Gingrich to Senator Santorum to Senator Biden to Senator, now Secretary of State John Kerry, etc.
Cabinet Secretaries? Yup…from Secretary Napolitano to Secretary Thompson to Secretary of Defense Gates to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld….Secretary Albright…Secretary Rice ….etc. ..
and of course Former VP Dick Cheney….
VP candidates? Interviewed those, too ….Governor Palin, Congressman Ryan, VP Biden, Senator Edwards (as candidate) etc..
World leaders? Yes, from Prime Minister Netanyahu to President Musharraf to President Zadari to PM Benazir Bhutto, to PM Blair (and even his wife!) etc…
Entertainers? Yes….lots…and we have even taken you to the set of 24! (Who could forget Ozzy and Sharon?)
Athletes? Yes…lots…from Mike Tyson to Bret Favre to Coach Dungy etc! We have also taken you to NASCAR!
the list goes on and on and on….
But most of all do you know what I remember? YOU! I remember YOUR LOYALTY since without it, we would not have been #1 at 10pm for 11 1/2 years!
To say we are excited about the new challenge so understates it. Everything about it is fun — from a new studio and set just our own and a chance to redesign ON THE RECORD to meet YOUR wants. (We program for you, not for us.)
By the way, the list above is not every interview or every place….what stands out to you that I missed?