Florida’s Randy Wayne White joins cast to have fun with Florida news, politics and Cuban sandwiches
TAMPA, Fla. (September 29, 2016) – WUSF Public Media in Tampa hosted a hysterical, live recording of the hit NPR show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” on Thursday evening in front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 3,000 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
The radio show traveled from its home base in Chicago to this pivotal swing state of Florida, just as the U.S. presidential election kicked into its final stretch, and stars of the radio show clearly relished the chance to dig into the recent highlights and lowlights of the campaign.
Show host Peter Sagal warmed up the crowd, noting the show’s cast went to dinner at the Columbia Restaurant and “for the first time in 110 years, they ran out of Mojitos,” while panelist Alonzo Bodden met some of Ybor City’s iconic wild game, saying “I literally saw a chicken cross the road.”
Along with host Peter Sagal, the show featured Faith Salie, Tom Bodett and Alonzo Bodden, along with Bill Kurtis as Scorekeeper. The special “Not My Job” guest for this week’s episode was Florida’s own best-selling author Randy Wayne White.
Both presidential candidates took plenty of hits from the cast, with Bodden noting that if people thought Donald Trump’s post-debate poll numbers on CNN were bad “you should have seen them on BET,” while Sagal noted Hillary Clinton had been “boring people to death on policy since kindergarten.”
Show producers will now edit the recording for broadcast on NPR stations across the country, including WUSF 89.7 this Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Before the Thursday event, Sagal set the stage by noting that, before this visit to Tampa, his favorite Cuban sandwich came from a restaurant in Orlando, a scandalous concept that set off a light-hearted buzz in Tampa social media circles among local foodies who consider Tampa the originator and reigning champion of the iconic sandwich.
“Wait Wait is easily one of the most popular shows on public radio, and hosting the live show was a wonderful honor for WUSF,” said WUSF Public Media General Manager JoAnn Urofsky. “We are thrilled that our local listeners who are such avid fans could watch the show come together live on stage.”
WUSF first made tickets for the event available first to station members on September 29. Nearly all the tickets went quickly, and the few remaining tickets went on sale to the wider public and sold out within hours.
“Shows like this are just one of many that we work hard to bring to Tampa,” Urofsky said, “and we look forward to hosting many more,” Urofsky said. WUSF Public Media was able to present this event with support from listeners and sponsors such as Trenam Law, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and The UPS Store.
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