I need your help folks

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  1. Mako

    Mako A True Fan

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    Sorry to sound like I'm begging for help here, but this is kind of a big opportunity for me.

    A co-worker/friend of mine and I are the official fill in hosts of a sports talk radio show here in Pennsylvania. I had always wanted the opportunity to interview/speak with Dan Marino about his career, and with his induction in to the Hall of Fame forthcoming, I figured now was as good of a time as any. So, I decided to throw darts at a wall and called the number on his website. Little did I suspect I'd get a call back.

    Well, a few weeks passed and I got a call.. From his PR director who told me she wants me to put together a proposal and Email it to her discussing what I'd like to interview him about/etc.

    I'm a good writer, or so I think.. However for this one, I'm really f'n nervous and want it to sound perfect so I don't sound amateur and get rejected on the spot. Marino is my damn idol and needless to say if I could get him on our show, it'd do huge wonders for my career and my credibility.

    Any advice and help would be greatly greatly appreciated.

    Mods, sorry if this is in the wrong forum.
     
  2. Daytona Fin

    Daytona Fin Hot Sauce Moderator Finheaven VIP

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    ask him about the situation when he quit last year. was it because of wanny.
     
  3. BlitPhinFan

    BlitPhinFan Who Took My Floaties?

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    :confused:

    Isn't he talking about Dan Marino and not #34?
     
  4. Daytona Fin

    Daytona Fin Hot Sauce Moderator Finheaven VIP

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    no when dan was hired for an exec position and quit right after
     
  5. burton87

    burton87 Favorite Dolphin = Bill Gramatica

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    I don't have any advice, but good luck :up:
     
  6. Wagon Circler

    Wagon Circler Banned Hammered

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    Lure Marino in with a great email. After you get him there just ask him questions about Jim Kelly. :lol:
     
  7. kpcane

    kpcane Banned Hammered

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    Keep it positive. People love talking about the good things they've done. Ask him about his relationship with south florida, his community service, his best years in the nfl, his records, exciting stuff. He is your idol, and so you could probably think of more interesting, but let's face it, more boring questions. The goal is to get the guy on the show, not for you to get to know him better. It's just my advice, take it as a grain of salt if you wish.
     
  8. popularwar

    popularwar Perennial All-Pro

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    Not to be a hater or anything but you spelled amateur, 'amature'. Spell check will definitely make you look smarter in the proposal.
     
  9. welderpat

    welderpat RINGLEADER WELDERPAT GANG

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    Dan is a very devout family man. If you were to talk to him about his family from his parents to the chinese child that him and Claire adopted you should do well.
     
  10. beejay05

    beejay05 Seasoned Veteran

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    Dan Marino is one of the few people in this world that I would be star struck if I encountered him. Good luck. I really have no advice, but I would bet his PR person just wants you to lob softballs at him. I would just keep it real simple..
     
  11. Mako

    Mako A True Fan

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    You say Tomato, I say Tomatoe....

    :lol: Thanks for catching that for me. Some of those words I get trapped with, because while my spelling is solid, sometimes my typing speed gets me carried away.
     
  12. BlitPhinFan

    BlitPhinFan Who Took My Floaties?

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    Ah... my mistake. I have all but erased that situation from my mind and blamed it on the coaching staff and lack of solidity already. But I can also see the point of view he already gave to the media. He truely wasn't prepared for how that possition would affect his family time.

    Heck, I have made that mistake in my career as well. It's not fun, nor should the offer be envied, if you value family time period.
     
  13. dolfan305

    dolfan305 I Love the Dolphins

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    ask him about his golf game. he is always playin golf at the country club. ask him if he will ever come back to the dolphins as an office guy or if he ever thought about coaching.
     
  14. GCD960

    GCD960 A True Fan

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    no general order:

    1. If you could give 1 piece of advice to a parent who jsut found out that their child has autism(sp), what would it be?

    2. Where would you rate yourself on the list of greatest QBs

    3. Funny- how could you forget your jacket at the banquet

    4. Funny- couple of ways:
    A. Are you sick of David Hasseloff
    B. What is the first thing you think of when i say "David Hasseloff"

    5. Ever see yourself coaching, in any capacity

    6. Who hit you the hardest
     
  15. BLUEPHIN

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    He is right ... Danny is not going to come on so he can get into last years nonsense - I would focus on his experience growing up - playing football up there and what about being a "northern" boy helped him become the man (father and football player) he is. Find parallels between his experience there and his success with the fins. good luck.
     
  16. popularwar

    popularwar Perennial All-Pro

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    Someone mentioned he was a family man. His son is into the local theatre scene in Coral Springs, Dan's showed up a few times to banquets and award shows and stuff. Ask him if you think his role in Ace Ventura inspired his son to take up acting.
     
  17. Mako

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    You guys and gals are great!

    If/when it happens I'll let you know (for those who are in the Central Pennsylvania area) to tune in live to hear it. For those who aren't, I'll get in contact with AJ to see if he wants a copy of it to put on here.
     
  18. adamprez2003

    adamprez2003 FinHeaven VIP

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    Ask him who he thinks will be our starting quarterback - Feeley or Frerotte? Ask him about what being inducted to the hall of fame feels like? Ask him about his relationship with Don Shula. Just a few thoughts.
    Good Luck
     
  19. Predaphin

    Predaphin Predator in the Water

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    I will give you some tips if you send me a pic of him when you interview him
     
  20. aquaman#1

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    i dont know what questions id ask him but at the end of the interview i would tell him thanks for all the great memories, thiers a generation of fans that are going to be telling thier kids about the greatest qb ever to play the game ps circlewagonman juust one question for you is thier a rope on that thier wagon of yours??
     
  21. utfinfan

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    as mentioned, you may want to ask about his son with autism spectrum disorder. Dan, his wife, and the son were on NBC a few months ago talking about the trials and the progress that they have made as a family.

    There are a number of other topics that you could address on a generic level as well. things like what he thinks about the new team, the new players and coaches.

    one question that you need to ask is if he ever visits finheaven.

    oh one more question, ask if he really believes that Le Batard was cheering for Mike Anderson/Maghee(sp), or whoever else he said he was cheering for with Jason Cole when they were caught cheering for the Dolphins missing the playoffs.

    [​IMG]
     
  22. RichmondWeb

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    It sounds like you are intimidated and frightened. Dan was your age once and debuted as a rookie in the NFL. He has also had a media career; he will understand. Dan has always shown great self-confidence. I would just try to downplay the magnitude of the whole situation and imagine myself interviewing famous people all the time. Be yourself and ask him what it is that you want to know. Use your unique perspective and don't just be ga-ga. Do your best Dan Marino impression and be cool and professional. I think that will impress him. It's your job to try to land the interview and to do the interview. Try to not be Dan's biggest fan but just do your job, learn from your mistakes, and celebrate your victories. Good luck you lucky dog!

    ;)
     
  23. LithoMan

    LithoMan Banned Hammered

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    I'd ask him what footballs he has kept through his career. And any other items that he has kept through his career. Ask him which of his records he holds is he most proud of, the total yards / or total TD's. That kind of stuff.

    I would keep it just about him and his hall of fame induction.

    No Downers, just uppers. Asking about his kid, or family might not be exactly what he wants to talk about. I would if he brings it up, but I wouldnt bring it up.
     
  24. jd13

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    i have a few questions that you might want to ask danny...what his feelings were having to wait to get drafted til pick 27...who was his favorite wr...what he thinks of saban...is he still close to shula and what other dolphins is he still close to...his opinions of j.j./wanny...and us,the fans...
     
  25. DonShula84

    DonShula84 Sporty Don

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    Ask him if he still stays in contact with Shula (Im sure he does, wonder how often they speak though).
    Also ask him some question about what he thinks of the Dolphins current team, Saban etc.
    Id also ask him what he thinks of Wanny coaching at his alma mater
    And get him to say that he was the best QB to come out of the 84 draft hands down (it would be a good sound bite :) )
     
  26. KillerDolphins

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    I would definitely keep the interview positive and what i mean is that i wouldnt ask him about quitting last year. See if theres anything you can help him promote, like a foundation, golf tournament etc....

    Talk about Wanny going to Pittsburgh since he use go to school there. Talk about Ricky Williams coming back and if its bad/good for the team. Ask him what he enjoys the most, Inside the NFL or working on Sundays for CBS. Theres tons of things you can ask but make sure its positive and not negative.

    GL and post something once you find out, id like to hear it.
     
  27. TerryTate

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    IT wasnt leBatard, it was Salguero.
     
  28. Boik14

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    I had the pleasure of meeting Dan at the CBS pregame show last year and he seemed like a really cool guy so the best advice I could give would be to just stay loose. He's my football idol too and i told him as much but in your position it sounds unprofessional since journalism is technically supposed to be unbiased so i wouldn't do too much buttsmooching other than to say something like "i grew up a phin fan and enjoyed watching you for so many years" or something.

    Some ideas:
    -Ask him what he thought of our draft and offseason? Predictions for upcoming season for miami and Afc East?
    -ask him about his relationship with coach saban; if they struck 1 up at all.
    -about the health of his knees/quality of life now that football is done. If he could relate to what Tim Bowens is going through having to leave the game maybe a bit earlier than he (Bowens)would have liked?
    -Future plans? TV? Coaching/front office? Ownership? some combo of TV/family life?
    -If he misses the game and fans when he's bored of golf after a few days?
    -Any regrets about his career?
    -His charity work; maybe let him plug the charities hes involved with?
    -What players he likes to watch? Who most resembles himself among active players? Stadiums he enjoyed playing in most other than home?
    -Absolutely remind him that I said he is the God of all Qb's and that Phinfan Nation still misses watching him play! :)


    Good luck; I think you'll do fine.
     
  29. FinsAreLife

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    you could ask him about his days in pittsburgh and how it was growing up into football becuase he is from pennsylvania, idk too much else to say but good luck with it!
     

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