A view from the Greenwich WGCH press box

Editor’s Note: Each week during the high school football season, the radio crew from WGCH 1490 AM in Greenwich will have a column about the high school football scene online at Greenwich-post.com. The views expressed in the column are that of the individual composing the column:

I’m no different than anyone. Like you, I’m a juggler. Multiple jobs, a son, a social life, a radio show, and so on.

On Saturday, WGCH carried the Greenwich/McMahon game, which had been postponed about as many times as humanly possible. From its original Friday, Nov. 2 date to the following Thursday…then Friday…then Saturday. I didn’t believe the game was actually going to be played until I saw the kickoff.

I called the game while nursing a head cold (yeah, I know, boo hoo). A Greenwich win and a Trinity Catholic loss to Darien meant that the Cardinals would be set for the FCIAC Championship game against Staples (assuming Greenwich beats Danbury on Thursday, and Staples defeats Westhill).

Fans in front of our window at Jack Casagrande Field at Brien McMahon were wondering what the score was at Alumni Field in Stamford. So I grabbed a wipe-off board and began writing scoring updates that I could hold out of the window and show to the crowd.

Granted, anyone with a smart phone could have done this, but it wouldn’t have been the same. It was fun to play this role. I was getting text messages from my colleague Jason Intrieri, and was checking Twitter at the same time. Soon Chris Erway took on the same task of checking tweets, so that I could, in his words “concentrate on calling the game.”

Back to my original statement. I can juggle. Multitasking: it’s a selling point! The game in front of us was a snoozer. The Cards would stroll to a 49-14 win. Once the game wasn’t in doubt, which it wasn’t by the end of the first half, it became easy to do it all. It also became part of the story. What’s going on at Trinity Catholic? OK, now who’s doing what in the Greenwich/McMahon game?

We finished our broadcast and waited for the information, knowing that Darien and Trinity Catholic were tied at 20 late in the fourth quarter. We all wanted to try to see the end of the game, and were heading for our cars when I checked Twitter again. A Hail Mary, as I’m sure you heard, had been caught and Darien held on for a 26-20 win.

Back at McMahon, I made a quick call to Warren Bernstein, father of Cardinal Mark, and told him the news. He relayed it his son, who announced it just as the other players began noticing the news on Twitter. Somebody shot a video of their reaction, and sent it to me and a few other reporters. Amazing.

On days like this, I love being a reporter. There’s a rush to get the information on the air ASAP! For the listeners, there’s such excitement. I could see and hear the joy (and occasional despair).

You just hope, in the process of juggling, that you’re doing a good job with it all. I tried to achieved that.

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