Why do radio shows broadcast from training camp?

I do like sports radio. But I like it best when people are yelling at each other, whether it’s hosts screaming at each other or fans and hosts bickering back and forth. It’s fun because sports is silly and stupid, and there’s nothing more entertaining than people getting riled up over largely trivial stuff.

Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened much this week because so many of the local sportstalk hosts are broadcasting their shows live from Bears training camp.

Why does this happen? It’s a radio show. Does it matter where it takes place? If hosts want to interview Lance Briggs about his latest traffic accident, can’t they just get him on the phone? Do they have to talk to him face to face?

I’d see if the hosts actually gave insights from the camp itself. Maybe they watch the practices in person and then report back on it. That doesn’t seem to happen much, though.

So why? Why are all my sportstalk hosts actually hanging out in Bourbonnais this week?