Dan Rather to Report Florida Primary Results From St. Petersburg
The good: Rather will brings his election primary coverage to St. Petersburg on Jan. 29, presenting live reporting and analysis of Florida's results from Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College for his latest employer, the HD Net high definition TV cable channel.
The bad: Unless you know somebody, you're probably not going to watch his coverage in person.
So far, the general public won't be admitted to the Eckerd College site, which will only hold a select crowd of about 200 people. But fans can watch the coverage on Bright House Networks HD channel 705 or see the channel's Web site, where the anchor's reporting on New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries is already available via streaming video.
An Eckerd College official tells me Rather's people were led to their auditorium by the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, which was contacted by the anchor's producers and asked for a suitable space.
I don't think the broadcast will be available live on the Web, but it should appear online shortly after his report, scheduled from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. His reports will also feature political consultants Mike Murphy (Republican) and Donnie Fowler (Democrat).
Gotta say, I'm more excited than a porcupine in a balloon factory. Or something like that.