- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - David Glenn kept his cool on his statewide radio sports talk show when President Barack Obama called to offer his comments on the death of former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith. Some around him weren’t so composed.

Glenn took the call from The White House on Monday after talking to current Tar Heel coach Roy Williams. Obama spoke for about 10 minutes, echoing many of the comments he made in the statement he issued on Sunday, hours after Smith died at his home.

As Glenn conducted the interview from his studio, he said salespeople, passers-by and company officials were clamoring nearby to hear what Obama had to say. He joked that he had to stay calm for the president because people were “jumping up and down” and “sweating.”

“I just tried to focus and the focus came through for me,” Glenn said. “It was a special day for the show.”

It was the first time Glenn has interviewed Obama, but it wasn’t his first presidential interview. Former President George W. Bush was once a guest on his program.


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