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Next time I run across him, I'll get a picture of him in the fedora and trenchcoat.
I was in Boston working on a commercial for Sean Bielat, who was running against Barney Frank.
Pete hung out with us at the Marriott during pre-production, then came to the shoot to cover the crazy goings-on for his blog. He also brought his son along, who I happily hired as a production assistant (he did a great job, by the way).
At first glance, you don't really know what to make of Pete; he's very talkative and very inquisitive. His accent is super-Bostonian, and he reminds me of something like a dock worker, but he is anything but. He also sports a fedora like The Other McCain, claims that he is part of the Axis of Fedora, and may eventually wrest that signature bit of accessorizing away from the images of Drudge and McCain.
So a group of us were eating at the Marriott restaurant, and Pete struck up very lengthy conversations with the waiters and waitresses, giving them at least fourth-degree interviews about how they would vote in November. Some of the insights were striking; I remember a pleasant woman who had immigrated from Haiti; she gave us her thoughts on the dangers of socialism and authoritarianism, fingering Obama as a great danger to Western Civilization.
Which you wouldn't expect from a waitress at a Marriott in the middle of Boston.
Peter was just a blogger at the time, but was contemplating a branch-out to talk radio. Having dabbled in it myself, I gave him some tips on how to deal with it. The toughest part is rounding up advertisers and producing the show all by your lonesome. It's damned hard and you can burn out quick if you're not careful. It's what happened to me.
So far he seems to be making a good go of it. His show is interesting and he's a great interviewer and he's adding on stations. At CPAC 2011 he was plugging away, interviewing people off the cuff and fishing for advertisers at the various booths there. He was going a bit slow for a proper salesman, though, as he was very interested in each booth's warez and couldn't help but ask questions and talk, talk, talk.
Few deserve success more than Pete.
If you're inclined to advertise, consider giving him a try; you can find out more here.
Here's an interview Pete did of me:
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