Now that the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailer's 81st annual trade show is winding down, our award for the best live coverage from the floor of the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas goes to an old-school cigar broadcaster who finally decided to embrace 21st century technology. Yes, we are talking about none other than Cigar Dave. Instead of taping a number of radio programs from the IPCPR trade show for future radio broadcast, as he has done during previous years, Dave actually telecast three live two-hour shows from the trade show floor this year, which have now been archived and are available for viewing via livestream.com.
But that's not all. Cigar Dave is at his best when he talks about cigars and conducts interviews with cigar personalities from the cigar industry. And that is exactly what he did in Las Vegas. For the most part, there were no long dissertations about politics, personal interests, nor other topics unrelated to cigars, which have alienated some of his listeners (especially the younger online audience). We can only hope that he continues to use his newly discovered digital tools wisely, and is able share his knowledge about cigars and the cigar industry with a new generation of cigar smokers.