The draft is now upon us, from pre-draft through the three days of player selection.
The 78th National Football League draft is again taking place at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, covered live by the NFL Network and by ESPN, more thoroughly than I ever imagined when I attended my very first draft as a reporter in 1973.
This time of year always kick starts memories of my first draft, which I actually did not work as the Broncos’ public relations director but as a young reporter for KBTR newsradio that year.
This was before the Federal Communications Commission ruled that there could not be radio-TV combined ownership in a single market, and each of the three major television stations in Denver had a major radio station as well.
What is now KUSA was KBTV-KBTR, and the radio side was a true big time news operation, with today’s equal, for comparison purposes, only existing in New York, LA, Philadelphia, and Chicago.