Madison, AL 2-28-16 Trump rally video before 32,000 audience

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    Trump campaign rally

    February 28, 2016

    4:00 p.m. Central (local) / 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 2:00 p.m. Pacific time

    Madison City Schools Stadium
    211 Celtic Drive
    Madison, AL
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    Entrance to stadium where Trump will enter. At this point, event is 20 minutes past scheduled start (Many Trump rallies start late due to huge crowds and security concerns. Trump is protected by U.S. Secret Service and his own security team.)

    While the throng awaits…

    Meanwhile, while the crowd waits, Trump has a playlist of songs for every event. These can be often heard on the network feeds, but not on YouTube broadcasters. Our feed 1 today (during the live event) was from ABC News, which began on the air since about 25 minutes before the event. It had full stadium audio, including the pre-Trump guest speakers (Those usually are at events beginning a half hour ahead of the scheduled time. We try to catch that too.)

    By the way, most broadcasts are identical in terms of when Trump is speaking because it is carried on a “pool feed,” in which all the major broadcasters share in the coverage. It is put up on a satellite in IP Packets and made available for who has the right decoding equipment (as in, those same broadcasters.


    4:32 p.m. Trump enters the arena. He announces a crowd of 30,000, with another 3,000 yet to enter the stadium.


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    4:46 p.m. Update: Trump says audience is now 32,000 with more trying to get in…


    4:58 p.m. Trump mentions recurring theme that the cameras won’t show the full crowd (It’s true. We were surprised to get the pre-rally shot showing some of the crowd on the field from the ABC News feed.) The pool feed is trained on the stage…


    5:13 p.m. Why the hell not let the crowd in, fire marshalls? Trump points to two areas where a lot of people are outside and not allowed in. He asks what kind of fire hazard there is for an open field. Trump also mentions that Fire Marshalls have become his friends as he speaks at rallies since a key concern is getting the people into events.


    5:34 p.m. Trump says his near-concluding line: “The American dream is dead, but we’re going to make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before”

    5:40 p.m. Trump finishes and meets with crowd as secret service protects.