(Update, 11:30 May 22: Tom has responded and will now be on the panel. I've updated the list below.)
Someone from BayCon programming tech services contacted me and said they will provide a microphone and speakers -- the Gateway Foyer doesn't come with hotel-provided sound. That's good! I'd asked for it, but I didn't really expect it to happen, and could have managed without it. (I felt a bit guilty about the extra tech needs, but the con can use it for the Auctions that follow in the same place, so it's not exclusively me burdening the con with additional requirements.) If all goes well, we may be able to run the sound from the cassette deck into the small sound mixing board they will provide; otherwise, the boom box will suffice.
Why am I using cassette tapes rather than music-on-computer?
1. The "think" music is actually a 30-minute tape of a continuous loop of music. I don't have that loop on computer anymore or even the sound editing software I used to create it.
2. Lisa may be the person operating the sound. She's very comfortable with cassette tapes, but very uneasy around computers.
3. 1970s technology is more likely to work in a hit-and-miss situation than anything that requires a computer and doesn't have time for a lot of technical setup and testing.
This last is also why I use score indicators printed on index cards rather than some computers with fancy displays. It can be set up quickly and is less likely to fail during the show, which is important when you're doing a live performance.
I'm trying to think ahead, and have written up the "announcer intro" that Eric Larson will use to start the show while the theme music plays under. I can't use the exact words of the real game show, because we are not "big money," even though we will have prizes.
GET READY TO MATCH THE STARS!
AND LEIGH ANN HILDEBRAND
AS WE PLAY THE PRIZE-STUDDED, FAN-TASTIC MATCH GAME SF!
AND NOW, YOUR HOST, THE STAR OF THE MATCH GAME — KEVIN STANDLEE!
I think we'll have a second sponsor, with Emerald City providing copies of the magazine to all contestants. We can include something in the "Promotional consideration provided by" commerical like "Emerald City magazine: Winner of the 2004 Hugo Award, Banned from the Nova Awards, and placed on trial for treason at Eastercon! See what all the fuss is about at emcit.com"
Update, 21:20: Christian McGuire has signed on as a panelist. I have tentatively slotted him into seat 1 and made the appropriate corrections above.