Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, Petros Papadakis (Wikipedia link here) may get about six hours of sleep. Total. With some luck.
And it’s by far his favorite time of year.
College football intersects the five-day-a-week drive-time sports-talk show he does from 4 to 7 p.m. with Matt “Money” Smith on KLAC-AM (570) with a collision that could kill a lesser man, woman or Warren Sapp.
We picked this week to corral him, in a car as he was barreling up the 405 having just left the 20th Century Fox Studios in Century City and was trying to get to the start of the radio show from the Clear Channel studios in Burbank, to figure out why he puts himself through such a hellish work schedule. That’ll be the topic of Friday’s media column.
On top of everything else this week, he’s appearing on “Jim Rome Is Burning” on ESPN (taped in Orange County). And there’s absolutely no added stress by the fact he and his fiance, Dayna, are trying to schedule a wedding for this June and get her up to speed with the Greek Orthodox way of life. It probably includes mandatory waiting of tables at the Taverna on weekends, but that’s the package deal.
Here’s a rundown of his week:
Saturday, Oct. 25: Analyst on the USC-Arizona college football game for FSN from Tuscon, plus a post-game show, on a game that ended about 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 26: A very early flight back to L.A. to get to the Fox Studios in Century City to tape the “BCS Ratings Show” by 11:30 a.m. for airing later that day.
Monday, Oct. 27: Conference calls in the morning with producers of shows he’ll appear on later in the day or week. After the radio show, it was over to UCLA’s Westwood campus to do the Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket “Lexus Gauntlet” live show.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: After another FSN conference call for the upcoming USC-Washington football game coverage, to the O.C. for “JRIB” (tape to air between 1:30 and 2 p.m.), then to Staples Center for the radio show remote before the Lakers’ opener.
Wednesday, Oct. 29: Conference calls in the morning. Over to Burbank to tape an interview with USC coach Pete Caroll. To the O.C. for “JRIB,” to the Fox Studio in Century City to tape Friday’s segment of the “Best Damn Sports Show Period” — with a noted twist that will be the unavoidable focus of Friday’s column — then to Burbank to make it into the radio studio just before 4 p.m. for the start of the radio show. Afterward, working two more hours on the gameplan for the USC-Washington coverage.
Today: Phone calls with radio stations in Seattle, “JRIB,” back to Fox in Century City to take the “BCS Breakdown Show” and then to the radio show.
Friday: An appearance on KROQ’s “Kevin and Bean” in the early AM (view a recent appearance above). Morning meetings with the USC and Washington coaching staffs, more phone interviews with radio stations, “JRIB,” and the radio show.
Saturday: The USC-Washington game from the Coliseum (live at 3:30 p.m.), plus postgame.
Sunday: More conference calls, taping the “BCS Ratings Show” in Century City, then off to Burbank to do live “The Challenge” with Fred Roggin for KNBC-Channel 4.
Monday: Rinse and repeat.