by Dan Gibson
Tonight's the night for local radio personality R Dub's appearance on Shark Tank, which can be seen at 8 pm on ABC.
Here's what John Schuster wrote about the event in Media Watch this week:
Tucson native R Dub! has worked diligently on his syndicated radio show Slow Jams, featuring rhythmic and pop love songs. Never short on unique marketing approaches, R Dub! came up with an idea that got the attention of a well-known network television program.
My mom got me hooked on Shark Tank years ago,” R Dub! said via email. “If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's listen to your mom! I figured that my business was very different from anything else that's ever been in the Tank, and they can only bring on so many cupcake and peanut spread companies before they really needed some new ideas ... so I pitched my syndicated Sunday Night Slow Jams radio show.”
R Dub! made the cut, which he describes as about a dozen-step process that included a five-minute pitch video, numerous interviews and an avalanche of paperwork.
“The experience was absolutely surreal, and the thing I remember most was me telling myself to ‘take it all in.’ My senses were on overload as I looked around at the massive and intricate set and just breathed it all in. The experience of actually being there is beyond what any words could ever express. All I can say to try to describe the feeling is, imagine you are guest-starring on your favorite TV show. Now imagine that the whole episode or segment is centered on you! It was absolutely a dream come true, in every way.”
Every way? Find out if the Shark Tank investors bought the pitch, which included a singing introduction from recording artist Brian McKnight. The segment airs Friday, Oct. 11, on Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN Channel 9.
R Dub! is currently a program director at a radio station in San Diego.
This isn't R Dub's first brush with television fame. He appeared on a comical segment of Judge Mathis a few years ago: