In case you haven’t heard, it’s been a busy few days for our morning show host.
Now that he’s had a full 24 hours to decompress and get somewhat accustomed to his new schedule, he had a lot to share about his exciting new future.
Even he is still in disbelief about the big news.
“It felt like I walked into the set of Cheers and I spent a few hours inside the set, that bar, of Cheers, and then I pulled up a stool next to Norm and Cliff and I sat there and Woody brought me a drink,” Carson described.
“I felt inside a world that I have only known from viewing on television. It felt like when I walk in, the whole place is gonna go, ‘Carson!'”
Carson will be the face of the Orange Room, a brand new element of the morning news program. It’s a space where he can gauge instant reaction and compile on-the-scene reporting through normal folks like us posting on Twitter and Facebook.
“The TODAY show making this big attempt to reconnect with their audience vis a vis social media and doing it through this new Orange Room allows me to sort of again be on TV, but primarily interacting with regular people who watch the show and trying to make that connection.”
The Orange Room really comes into play during situations like the recent Asiana Airlines plane crash in San Francisco, when passengers were able to tweet and Instagram photos of the aftermath long before news crews could even arrive on the scene.
“That morning when that crash happened at SFO, at NBC in the TODAY show newsroom, they were trying to get a live show and they were on the phone talking to the NBC affiliate in San Francisco, ‘Hey, where’s the truck? We need the truck to pull up there, to pull out a camera, to get us the live shot so we can cover this story.’ And somebody said, ‘You know, the truck is stuck in traffic on the Bay Bridge.'”
“Meanwhile, online, that particular tragedy, that story, was moving at lightning speed as you remember. There were pictures. Citizen journalism has become something where news is now being fueled by the digital platforms and people, us.”
“As long as The Voice is on the air, I’ll be on that show. That’s number one. Number two, the TODAY show is a permanent job. It is a full-time gig. L.A. is where The Voice is, so this is truly sort of bicoastal situation, without getting into details how I’m going to pull this off, I’ll attempt to have a high batting average on the TODAY show.”
“Now radio comes into a great position because east to west, it’s 10:30 a.m. here so I’m done with the TODAY show and I’m on live with you in Los Angeles.”
“I love doing this. I love being here in my hometown in L.A. sitting with you, Ang,” he added. “This is, at its core all I’m capable of doing and will be around probably far past things like the TODAY show and The Voice , so I’m proud to be able to stay here and I want to thank everybody at CBS Radio for helping me make this move possible.”