As I recall, the Redskins beat writers have divided up the early-morning hours on the day free agency starts in past years, with some staying awake and some catching brief naps in between chasing signing news.
The idea, of course, is that you never know what time a big signing could come down, and you have to be prepared just in case. Which is why 106.7 The Fan D.C. is planning on staying live all through the night, to talk about the Redskins and free agency.
“Who knows what’s going to happen?” program director Chris Kinard told me Tuesday afternoon. “They could sign Vincent Jackson at 1 a.m, and I think it would be stupid to not be there. We try to be the station to go to for fan reaction after every big event. I think there will be something big in free agency, I just don’t know when it’ll be, and I want us to be ready. We’re gonna prepare for it as if something could happen at any moment.”
Of course, 106.7 is the Wizards flagship, so the station take a break from the Redskins talk during Tuesday night’s game at Dallas, and then resume with Danny Rouhier’s show until 2 a.m. Scott Jackson and Mark Gray will take over from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m., when the Junkies come on the air.
The station has gone live into the middle of the night before, as with Stephen Strasburg’s signing day. And if you needed proof that there’s a market for Redskins talk at 3:21 a.m., that proof came last Friday night, when the Redskins agreed to trade for a draft pick that will become Robert Griffin III.
The station broke into ACC tournament coverage with the news, then bailed on the post-game show and brought in Grant Paulsen and Pete Medhurst around 11 p.m. They planned to stay on-air for 90 minutes or two hours; instead, they went until 5 a.m., strictly on fan reaction. Producer Adam Gracia wound up working from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., and Web producer Chuck Carroll stayed from 3 p.m. until 5 a.m.
“They could have stayed on longer; they just were so tired that they had to call it a night,” Kinard said. “They had literally full lines the entire night, which was just incredible.”
At one point, all eight lines were filled with people who were listening on the Internet and calling in from out-of-market. Which is why bloggers should also probably plan to stay up all night, I guess.