Joe Cahn, the “Commissioner of Tailgating”, stays connected on the road using KVH’s TracVision Satellite TV System
MIDDLETOWN, RI – January 6, 2004 – It’s an arduous job, but Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of Tailgating, has made it his personal quest to glorify and perfect the art of tailgating. Traveling about 35,000 miles to more than 45 stadiums and NASCAR tracks this year, the New Orleans native has partied with fans in every part of the country, seen every kind of tailgating gadget, and tasted things most people didn’t know you could barbecue. Like a tailgating boy scout, Cahn has his own tried and true methods and accoutrements. From being able to wash clothes while on the move to using GPS navigation via his laptop, Joe Cahn’s Monaco 2004 Safari RV is decidedly more high-tech than that of the standard charcoal pit tailgating enthusiast; but then again, he is the Commissioner. In addition to multiple cell phones and an onboard iMac, Cahn relies on a TracVision in-motion satellite TV system from KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) of Middletown, RI, to stay connected on the road.
“Obviously, the big thing that I use it for is to get ESPN, the football games, and to be able to get the Weather Channel. That to me is very important,” said Cahn, speaking from Nashville while en route to Vanderbilt following a Monday Night Football visit to Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. “That and to be able to sit back and put on the TracVision satellite TV and get incredible reception. I’ve had other satellite systems since 1996 when I first started the journey, but this is just one flip and within a minute I’m zeroed in.”
While the Commissioner of Tailgating’s duties might seem largely ceremonial, Cahn is very hands-on, meeting fellow tailgaters and tasting the endless assortment of foods. “Tailgating has become the community social of our day, and in walking around I get to talk to people of all walks of life whether they be bankers, lawyers, lobster fishermen, paper shredders, or anywhere in between. The tailgating area has now become the last great American neighborhood where you still walk the streets, talk to your neighbors, and share food.”
Cahn, the most recent recipient of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s “Spirit of America Award,” says he watches satellite TV at least five days a week, usually traveling Tuesday through Friday to catch a Saturday collegiate game, a Sunday NFL game, and Monday Night Football. “I’ll pull into a town on Friday and do a morning show, maybe a noonday show, and a couple of radio shows – then get to a position.” Although his duties as Commissioner often confine him to the parking lot, Cahn is hardly roughing it. Why get upset about not being in the stadium “when one can sit in his luxury suite and put on the satellite dish and watch it on television. The bathroom’s closer and certainly the refrigerator is closer, which I kind of like.” After the Saturday game, Cahn hits the road once again, rolling into town early Sunday morning to begin his ritual as a television station or two follows him around. “I’ll watch [the game], fire up the engine, and go down the highway for the Monday game.” And as such his car trek (the path of Cahn) continues weekly.
When asked if he thought it would be possible to do what he’s doing without satellite TV, Cahn replied, “I don’t think so. People went across the mountains in covered wagons with no toilet paper, but it certainly is a lot easier with the toilet paper, and with satellite television. The wonderful thing about the satellite TV is there isn’t anyplace it doesn’t work. No matter whether I’m sitting on the ocean in Maine, or on the Hudson River for an Army game, or sitting on the dock of the bay in San Francisco parked almost to Fisherman’s Wharf, or up in Green Bay – the frozen tundra – I can always depend on the satellite.”
As a man of the people, the Commish has raised over $35,000 for Share Our Strength, a hunger-based charity. “Coca-Cola donates $1 per mile. This year one of the big things we are doing is searching for the Deputy Commissioner. Finalists will be put on the website and America’s going to vote on them. I call it Tailgating Idol.” The winner receives a trip to the Super Bowl in Houston, $5,000 cash, a big screen television, a big grill, and gets to tailgate with Cahn before the Super Bowl. Details are available at Cahn’s website, www.tailgating.com, along with other vital tailgating information, helpful hints, and stories.
KVH Industries, Inc., designs and manufactures products that enable mobile communication, navigation, and precision pointing through the use of its proprietary mobile satellite antenna and fiber optic technologies. The company is developing next-generation systems with greater precision, durability, and versatility for communications, navigation, and industrial applications. An ISO 9001-registered company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Hoersholm, Denmark.
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