CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One thing is for sure, the Democratic National Convention has parts of Charlotte buzzing like never before.
When the NewsChannel 36 crew arrived at the EpiCentre on College and Trade at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, the area was teeming with people who started there on Monday night, dozens of police and hoards of media. One of the main attractions is the temporary studios of MSNBC’s morning political talk show, “Morning Joe,” hosted by former congressman Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
About 100 lucky audience members got free tickets to sit in the makeshift studio inside “Black Finn” restaurant. They got their first taste of live television at 5:30 a.m., when Willie Geist kicked off “Way Too Early”. Thirty minutes later, the crowd listened to Joe and Mika and almost a dozen live guests. Audience members came from all over the country. Some were even convention delegates.
Just outside “Black Finn,” production crews readied another MSNBC set, a giant blue stage used for the 9 a.m. show called “The Rundown” hosted by Chuck Todd, Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News, and then “Hardball” hosted by Chris Matthews. Matthews’ show drew a large, raucous crowd on Monday night, and the same is expected for Tuesday and Wednesday.
In addition, the MSNBC experience reopened at 6 a.m. Visitors can purchase custom MSNBC campaign buttons and other paraphernalia.