I was reading back in your campaign blog, and thought I should drop you a line. For the record, I'm the Cablecast Manager here at BNN.
First, it's great to see you keeping a blog of the campaign trail.
We do often suggest people have planted callers when they go on BNNLive programs. Many times, people are afraid to be the first caller on a call-in show, and it breaks the ice a bit to hear another caller or two go first. It also helps the guests, who often have never done live TV or anything like it before, get comfortable with the format and how the exchange works.
In my own personal opinion, sure, it is a little fishy when a caller throws someone a meatball over the plate, but I think most people can tell the difference anyways. Its not a lot different then someone packing in supporters at a public meeting. And if that gets someone who is really riled up about an issue to call in and get some real answers from someone, all the better. If someone calls in and wants to comment or ask a question, we'll put them on. You don't get a lot of forums like that.
It does seems like you overall enjoyed your experiences here on BNN, and I'm glad to hear that. I hope you were able to get a little exposure and your presence out tot he community, or at least enjoy 15 minutes of fame in hearing "hey, didn't I see you on TV last night?"
As an FYI for you as well, we'll be doing live results coverage on BNN tomorrow night from 9pm to 10pm on Comcast Channel 9 (Channel 15 for those with RCN).
Anyhow, good luck with the campaign, and good luck tomorrow!