While on the three-month book tour, I told very few people about my plans because they had to remain a secret. By June, I had to start recruiting a staff, even if it meant risking that the news would leak. At XM, workers were busy converting an employee break room into the office space to be occupied by our program’s staff. I had to find an executive producer to work with XM on preparation while I continued to tour. Mark Schramm came to mind because I knew he’d recently left NPR. Years earlier, Mark was the producer in charge of my Friday conversations with Red Barber on Morning Edition. After meeting with Kevin Straley, XM’s senior vice president for news, talk, and sports, Mark agreed to get the show started. I told Mark that I was bringing Andy Danyo and Tish Valva onto the staff and that I was about to make a pitch to one of my Morning Edition producers, Melissa Gray. I suggested other names to him, and I’m sure one of them was Chad Campbell, a onetime Morning Edition producer who was then working for NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Mark made some moves of his own, hiring NPR’s Phil Harrell from Weekend Edition Sunday and Ed McNulty from Weekend Edition Saturday. XM gave us Heather Borthwick, who’d been working for the traffic and weather unit. The XM operations department assigned Sam Wright to our program to take care of all our engineering needs. We were also allowed to borrow the talented producer John Keith whenever we needed him—which was every day.