WCOOP 2012: Inside the PokerStars Radio studio
In my head, the PokerStars Radio scene was much different. The mental picture was of two men sitting on a ratty couch they'd requisitioned from a passed-out university student. The floor was covered in candy wrappers, beer cans, and the detritus of a four-day bender. In the middle of it all sat a microphone that may or may not have had a pair of underpants hanging from it. And the picture smelled. Yes, this picture smelled a lot more than a picture should. When you put two men like Joe Stapleton and Matt Broughton in the same place, that's just the kind of picture you'd expect. The nagging question was this: how do they make it sound so damned good?
If you're a WCOOP fan, you know all about the nightly PokerStars Radio broadcasts. They combine WCOOP action with interviews, contests, and the kind of edgy wit you only get from a couple of guys sitting on a ratty couch looking at an underpants-mic.
Well, wrong, I guess. It pains me to admit this. It really does. But a little birdie slipped me some photos from inside the PokerStars Radio studio, and, though I'm loathe to admit it, the whole operation looks...wait for it...pretty professional.
That's an honest-to-goodness soundboard you see right there, with an honest-to-goodness soundboard operator who has apparently been working so hard that he's suffering from repetitive motion disorder (and, let's be honest, if any of us were to consider repetitive motion disorder in that place, it certainly would not have come from work). This is a pro shop with professionals on the board.
Now, to be fair, I already knew there were some very smart people working behind the scenes on this production to pull out a lot of the important stories from the WCOOP treasure chest. But that only further served to support my idea that the whole thing was a big keg party, one in which Stapleton and Broughton were using the guys with the calculators to do all the work.
But check this out...
Listen, I worked in radio a bit when I was a youngster, and the picture you see above is better than any studio I ever sat in. This, to my horror, is the real deal.
How do they make it sound so good? How do they make it sound so professional? Well, again loathing to admit it here, they are that good. And they are that professional. Whether the room smells bad is a matter I've yet to determine. You can judge for yourself by checking out the photo below. I mean, can you really blame me for my earlier assumptions?
So, as an act of penance for the whole smelly-room-keg-stand-microphone-underwear thing, let me simply encourage you as a WCOOP fan to listen to the guys tonight as they go back on the air at 15:00ET.
You can find the show on the PokerStars Radio homepage.
(Oh, and I'll buy the next round for anybody who can get me a picture of Stapleton passed out on a ratty couch).
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging