He was usually done by noon and probably needed the afternoon to recuperate before another early wake-up call the next day.
“Actually broadcasting the two events wasn’t that difficult, but I guess cumulative fatigue was inevitable,” Schlanger said. “Staying focused after nine to ten hours on the air is definitely a challenge. Towards the end of the week, a faulty coffee machine at 4am almost broke me! “
He said things were relatively calm despite all the potential pitfalls.
“From a logistical point of view, I was surprised how well everything went given that I was dealing with two events in France, two studios in LA and several producers who were in New York”, did he declare. “Also, since tennis doesn’t have a clock, I had to bail out a few times during a match in progress to get to the start of the NBC cycling show.
“The preparation for the shows was tricky because there was so much going on at the same time. Most of the time I was taking notes for the cycling show while I was on the air calling a tennis match and vice versa. . ”
Detour of the visit
Cycling is a key part of Schlanger’s repertoire as it has become a staple of NBC’s Tour de France broadcast team. But this time, he’s competing in the European Football Championships, which run until July 11, and the tournament straddles the first two weeks of the Three-Week Tour. He will join football coverage when the tournament reaches the quarter-finals.