January 30 (Tampa)
2:45 AM ET
It’s day three of the Tony Dungy Uncommon media tour. We just got in to Tampa from Newark and we’re going to try and catch a few hours of sleep before our 4:45 AM wake-up call so we can head to the Tampa Convention Center for a FOX & Friends interview (7:35 AM hit time).
Today (well, yesterday) was another successful day. Some of the highlights were the 30-minute radio interview with Rush Limbaugh, who has the #1 radio talk show in the country.
In the afternoon, we taped a segment for David Letterman which aired later that night. When Tony stepped out of the car, he was greeted by about 75 paparazzi that were also waiting for Renee Zellweger and Graham Nash, Letterman’s other guests for the day.
Right after Letterman, we headed to the airport for our 8:30 flight. We’re obviously tired, but excited because all our hard work is paying off. (Uncommon is currently the #9 ranked book on Amazon and #4 on Barnes & Noble)
Catch Bill Dallas, author of Lessons from San Quentin, twice on FOX tomorrow.
Tune in to America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer & Megyn Kelly on the Fox News Channel at 9:45 AM ET.
Then watch Happy Hour on the Fox Business Network between 5-6 PM ET. Bill will be on around 5:40 PM.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
11:30 pm – Manhattan
It was another long but productive day on the Tony Dungy Uncommon book tour. The day began leaving the hotel at 5:45 am to go to Good Day New York on the local NYC FOX affiliate. Coach Dungy also called into ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning from a phone at the television studios.
After a short break we drove to the FOX News studios and Tony conducted a rather lengthy interview that was distributed to the nearly 700 radio affiliates on the FOX radio network. While we were there, Jessica Quinn was able to book Coach Dungy on Shepard Smith’s Studio B show for tomorrow afternoon.
Remarkably, we actually found time to eat lunch today. We were even joined by my sister, Lori Antolick, who is an attorney and had a hearing in Manhattan this morning.
Upon leaving lunch we went to a Barnes & Noble store in Tribeca for a book signing. It wasn’t a huge crowd but it was fairly steady. We had snow in the morning that turned to rain so it was a slushy, icky mess. A number of people called into the store have Tony sign books that they would pick up a later date.
Another book signing followed at Last Licks, an ice cream and memorabilia shop operated by Steiner Sports, in Manhattan. Tony’s attorney joined us for dinner before arriving back at the hotel at 11:00 pm.
We feel like the book is off to a solid start, with rankings this hour of 31 on Amazon and 20 on B&N.com. We were also informed that the New York Times is now tracking Uncommon for inclusion in its bestsellers list, which we will find out one week from today.
Thursday will be a big day with a pre-interview with the Letterman folks at 8:20, followed by a variety of interviews including Laura Ingraham, Michael Medved, and Rush Limbaugh. Later in the afternoon we are scheduled for Shepard Smith’s show on FOX, Late Show with David Letterman, and a show on the FOX business channel. We then fly to Tampa.
Time to return emails and try to get a few hours of sleep.
12:40 am ET (Manhattan) – update from Todd Starowitz, Tony’s book publicist along with Jessica Quinn
Our first day of the Tony Dungy Uncommon book tour has reached an end, although I think the days never really end as we leave the hotel later this morning for Good Day New York.
We returned to the hotel at nearly midnight after Coach Dungy concluded interviews wth On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, as well as Alan Colmes’s radio show. I think that Coach Dungy may be about the only person in the world that can be on a show with a liberal like Alan Colmes, and then this Thursday be on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Tony’s appeal and message certainly has the ability to cross party lines. Rush plugged Uncommon on his show today and promoted Thursday’s interview.
We had a great signing at BookEnds tonight. We had a very nice turnout and sold nearly 250 books, according to store owner Walter Boyer. Not bad when the PR for the book really just started today, a snow storm is brewing, and it was a school night. It really encourages us fot the turnout we may see in Indiana and Tampa.
It seems almost amazing that Coach Dungy interviewed with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America yesterday morning. It seems as if it has already been three days. Robin does such a great job and there was a lot of positive feedback about the interview.
The book as I get ready to go and try to get four hours sleep is No. 31 on Amazon. That’s not a bad start. The top 10 may be attainable.
One of the most difficult things for Jessica Quinn (Tony’s other book publicist) and me to handle is trying to keep up with all of the media requests. We are on our smart phones returning emails but it is tough to get back to everyone in a timely manner. I just got through an hour of emails and I still am not through all of them. The next toughest thing is trying to find any available space in the schedule to fit in these requests.
Tomorrow (today I guess now that it is 1:00 am) should be interesting with two book signings and interviews such as ESPN’s Mike and Mike. Thursday we look forward to Rush and Letterman.Calling it a night.