January 23rd, 2009
09:18 AM ET

Why I'm not a guest booker

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/23/art.gt.kanye.jpg caption="AC360°'s Gary Tuchman interviews Kanye West at the inaugural Youth Ball on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C."]

Steve Turnham
AC360° Producer

The first rule of booking guests for television: when you land a good guest in a competitive environment, stick to them like glue.

After a series of confusing text messages and an even more confusing phone call (the music was LOUD), I thought I'd landed Kid Rock for Gary Tuchman at Tuesday's MTV ball.

Dude, imagine my irritation when after fighting back through the star-struck crowd I saw Mr. Rock, or whatever you call him, mic'd up for a rival network just feet from Gary.

Sneaky rats snagged my guest.

First rule of producing, if you can't get it done, find someone who can. So I sent Gary to smooth talk him into doing us next. Rock's response: "I thought that was CNN."

Then he left.

Redemption came in the svelte form of Kanye West, the night's top draw. We got him first at ten minutes to midnight.

And by "we" I mean Gary, who simply walked up to Kanye, and stuck to him like glue.

Editor's Note: Check out the Beat 360° caption contest to see the winners for this photo.

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