Wednesday, July 18, 2018

My World Has Been Shattered -- The End of MTC?

Craig Miller -- the one they call "Junior," sometimes "the Joonz" -- committed an error this morning.

I stared at the radio, my piehole agape.

I'm not sure I can go on.

One's existence has so few certainties in this uncertain world.  I thought Craig's freedom from error was among them.

In this, I was apparently also in error.

He corrected the error, more or less, in the next segment.  But his correction indicated that he did not understand his error.

He was reprising the flat-earth guy from the day before.  He reported that the flat-earth guy had said that the moon always shows the same side to the earth.

Craig -- excuse me, I have to go get a glass of water -- scoffed.  He said that of course we see the moon rotate and show all of its surface area to the earth.  It's why we can't always see the man in the moon, he said.

I'm thinking -- his phone must be melting.

And indeed, in the next segment, he issued a correction, but he didn't understand it.  He had been advised in the interim that the moon in fact, always does show its same side to the earth owing to a tidal phenomenon (it's called "tidal locking").  (In fact, there's a slight rotational wobble ("libration") that lets us see a little more than half of the moon's surface from the earth because its orbit is not perfectly circular.)   What froze his mind was this:  The moon's rotational period around its axis (spinning) is equal to its period of revolution around the earth (orbiting).   So what? he seemed to be saying; he still did not understand why we did not see the moon rotate so as to see all its surface.

It's because we view the rotation and the revolution at the same time from our vantage point here on terra firma.   Instead, let's expand our frame of reference -- out to the sun, for example.  (Yes, I know you can't stand on the sun.  The old joke:  "I want to be the first man on the sun."  "It's too hot."  "I'll go at night.")  Imagine you're on the sun looking back at the earth and the moon.  Now remove the earth from the picture to eliminate the distraction.  What do you see?  You see the moon rotating on its axis every 27 days and showing you all of its faces -- and it will always be full because the sun is what makes the moon shine.

Which leads us to the question of why Junior thinks that you can't always see the man in the moon.  It's not because he isn't there, having rotated out of sight -- it's because the moon's rotation with respect to the sun just described causes its phases from our vantage point on earth, so some of that always-facing-the-earth-surface disappears and reappears every month.   Or else it gets eaten and then spit back up by a space monster, I'm not sure.

I'll leave you with a fun moon fact.  The moon is the largest planetary satellite in the solar system as a percentage of the size of its planet.  It is the only natural planetary satellite in the solar system whose orbit always curves towards the sun.   That is, if you were to go way, way north of the sun's north pole and look down on the solar system, and then took the earth away and looked at the path of the moon's orbit over the course of the year, you would see that the moon's orbit would look like a twelve-sided thing where the sides curved gently toward the sun, and the corners curve more sharply toward the sun.  But none of that path would ever curve away from the sun. The earth and moon are, in effect, something of a double planet.

I'm going to go lie down.  Feeling unwell.  May be last article.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Drydock Tock + Happy Birthday to MTC

Let's have some.

I'll start.  I was glad to hear The Shake Joint in the ayem, but was sorry to think that I would not have the pleasure of hearing Jake on with Dan McDowell.

I was in error.  I was able to tune in midday yesterday, and there they were.

I like Bob, I like Dan, and I like BaD, but BaD bogs, boy does it bog.  But Jake and Dan do not bog.  Jake keeps things moving and maybe I'm just imagining this, but it seems to me that Dan steps his game up with this pairing.

Gotta run.  Gimme some drydock thoughts.

ALSO:  Please keep a good thought for this My Ticket Confession internet online website, which is celebrating its ninth anniversary.  Yep, Your Plainsman went live on June 30, 2009, with none other than that Nice Young Michael Gruber as its first non-test commenter (although not on the first article, as I recall).  Hope to keep this joint going for awhile longer.  Thanks to all readers and those of you who take the time to comment.  Hope to meet some of you someday.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Diamond Talk Question

If I have a weeknight Rangers home game on through conclusion, I sometimes flip over to Diamond Talk with Sean Bass and Ty Walker.  Always like it, always good. 

It's got to be a tough job when things aren't going well for the old Rangeroos, so I always think of them when the team puts together something of a winning streak.

And as married guys with kids running about, I'm sure it interferes with family stuff.

The promos for Diamond Talk, and the online ads, say that it is "Award Winning."  (No hyphen.)  They also say:  "the longest running [no hyphen] post game [no hyphen] show for any sport or any team in the history of Dallas Ft Worth [no hyphen, and "Fort" should preferably be spelled out, although even if it isn't, it should have a period after it] Radio."  What is it with Ticket copywriters and hyphens?

Returning to topic:   Not hard to believe that Diamond Talk would win an award, or more than one.

But what award(s) did it win, and when? 

Thanking you in advance.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Last Friday -- Not a Good Day for Tickermen

This site was saddened to learn of Jon Fahy's departure from The Ticket last Friday.  Turns out that wasn't the only Tickerman drama on The Little One that day.

On Work in Progress yesterday, Justin and Mino were noodging Tickerman Samuel Hale about talking on air.  I didn't get it.  A Confessor advised that it was the upshot of Junior Miller's judgment at BaD Court on Friday.  Still didn't have details.

Well, Samuel Hale must be in very bad odor at The Ticket, because Craig Miller took the occasion of this morning's 5:30 segment to go over the whole story again, an unusual JV-bashing segment:

Samuel Hale, with long hair, is a Tickerman.

Sam Madison is a somewhat fresh employee, former intern.  He is one of approximately 31 helpers sustaining BaD Radio and its many needs.  He is famous for not knowing who Bob Lilly was/is.  Hair length unknown.

Dan McDowell thought it would be a good idea to go get tape from Cowboys rookies to see if they know who Bob Lilly was/is.  He apparently suggests this to Sam Madison.

Sam Madison asks Samuel Hale if he will go try to get some of that tape and provide it to him.  Sam Madison apparently anticipates that the tape will be used on BaD, which, as Dan says, is "starving for content."  It is unclear, but apparently he left the impression with Samuel Hale that Sam Madison was planning on using it in BaD Tickers.  I may have that wrong, but that's the impression I got from the sworn testimony.

Samuel Hale does go get said tape.

But he does not send it to Sam Madison.  He lies to Sam Madison and says he couldn't get the tape, no one home at The Star. 

Instead, he gives it to Corby, who broadcasts it on The Hardline.  Samuel Hale admits what he calls the deception and "double-cross."  Corby is aware that the idea was transmitted by Sam Madison.

Eventually, Samuel Hale admits his actions, and calls his appropriation "radio capitalism."

The real problem here seems to me to be not necessarily what Samuel Hale did by going to get the audio, but in not making it first available to the show from which the idea arose, BaD Radio.  I ask myself if Corby might be an unindicted co-conspirator here.

The whole story is preserved by the UnTicket.

BaD Radio Sam v Sam Court

Interesting side note:  This morning, Junior reminded us that awhile back, Samuel Hale "bowed up" to George, telling him that he was going to take his (George's) job, and that he was a better broadcaster than George.   Junior also observed (both on Friday and this morning) that Samuel Hale does "million-mile-an-hour Tickers."   (I wondered if anyone other than me had noticed those scorching Tickers.)

It occurs to me that perhaps Judge Miller should have disqualified himself, as The Musers seem to have something of a history with Samuel Hale.

And do we remember that budding broadcaster Samuel Hale did a weekend show or two back a few months ago with a partner I'm too lazy to go look up, auditioning for a newly-vacant weekend slot? No comment, but George's sleep has gone undisturbed since.

To his credit, Samuel Hale confessed to his faithlessness and fibbing.  He didn't have much choice given the evidence of some emails.   His justification -- that he had a higher and better use for the audio than Sam Madison intended -- use on a Hardline segment rather than BaD Radio Tickers as he believe Sam Madison intended -- did not play well with the court.

It's tough to be a JV, and I really do hope the guy rebounds.

I like his speedy Tickers.

Frankly, the faster Tickers are over, the better.

Friday, June 8, 2018


I've been away from the waves for awhile, but I was in the Conestoga today during PM drive and caught two fantastic segments.

The first -- I have no idea what it started out to be, something about George Clooney being the father of a one-year-old in his fifties, but it finished up with speculation on the Mikes (Rhyner and Sirois) becoming fathers at their respective stages in life.  Haven't laughed so hard at The Ticket in months.  Bent over the steering wheel laughing at Corby's -- yes, Corby's -- remarks and baby-mother riffs.

The second was a segment on artists (like Harry Styles) who shift genres after success in one genre.  Not hilarious, but very solid.  One of those segs that had more information in the bag -- more, ahem, "preparation," if you will, but they ran out of time.  Hope they reprise this when I'm listening again.

The Hard Ones take it up the keest on this site once in awhile, but today reminded me of why I don't spend a lot of time investigating the competition.

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BREAKING BREAKING ON 2018 06 09:   A usually reliable Deep-Cumulo-Source confirms that one of my personal favorites, John Fahy, has indeed been let go by The Ticket.  I do not have details but it was not, shall we say, for financial reasons.  Very sorry to see him go, he was a cool voice on The Little One.  Hope he lands somewhere cool.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Bad Plainsman

Hey, Confessors, so sorry I've been a poor Ticket Journalist lately.  Out of town, house guests, limited Ticket listening.  And for some reason, I'm not getting email notifications about messages so I'm behind on monitoring them as well.  Hope you're all getting along.

I do have a topic or two up my sleeve, but gotta run again.  And I'll be away starting next week for a week, so this may be it for a little while.  I'll check those email notifications and in any event call up the site to check on them.

Three -- no, four -- safe-for-work gingers for your patience.

Topics, topics -- hey, for the first time I'm getting an "HD1" badge under 96.7 on my car display.  And lots of interference on that band from other stations during my morning drive.  Had to switch to 1310.  Made me a little nostalgic.

Stay Tickety, all.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

T.C. Fleming, Tickerman

Man, T.C. really hated this site and its proprietor, and did so for a long time.  I regretted this, but understood it.  He didn't have a lot of fans among the Confessors.  I thought he was OK at what he did, getting better as time went by, and I thought he would do well in Florida.  But likability over the air is a distinct talent, and T.C., while seldom outright unlikable, just didn't move the needle for most of us.  Or moved it to the left.

His biggest beef with MTC was that I declined to disclose to him the identity of the colleagues who had (non-anonymously) communicated to me certain unflattering information about his relationship with some of his colleagues and the regulation of his popping-on during a particularly heavy on-popping period on BaD, information I had used on the site.  I agreed with him that there was some unfairness to anonymous sourcing, but I wasn't going to breach confidentiality with my communicants.  This made him quite angry with me.  OK.

I remember the first time I ever heard an on-air reference to him.  It was Craig "Junior" Miller talking about some guy backstage at TicketStock, I believe it was, with whom he'd had some kind of inappropriate interaction.  Don't remember what Craig's problem was, just that he questioned what this guy was doing inappropriately interacting with him at TicketStock.   Can't recall anything specific, but I got the idea that he was never a Muser favorite.  May be wrong about that.

The man plainly had some gifts.  He worked hard.  Seemed to be a go-to guy for technical matters.  Kept Bob and Dan happy most of the time, not a skill to be sneezed at.  Had sportsy knowledge.  Worked at his Tickers.  Was prepared.

Many Confessors and, I suspect, many P1's, never forgave him for his gratuitously offputting remarks on his departure for Florida.  I believe that if that had never happened, he would not have ended up the lightning rod he became on his return.

My view was always that while all of the Ticket JV are intelligent and ambitious, T.C. just wasn't good at disguising the latter or his excessive pride in the former.  That on-air tone, and poor relations with his peers (remember that on-air dustup with John Fahey?), injured his prospects at The Ticket.

In the end, he was a Tickerman, and, I thought, a pretty good one.  He also popped-on with BaD, but that couldn't have been too satisfying.  He watched JV after JV with less seniority, some with lesser on-air gifts, leapfrog him into weekend and fill-in programming:  Justin, Mino, Eli, Machine, Jake, others. 

Not an attractive future, so his departure is probably a very good thing for him. 

Hey -- he was a Tickerman and he's got us all talking about him.  That's some measure of accomplishment.  He became Ticket-famous.

My Ticket Confession wishes him and his colleagues and investors every success.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Campound Daze

Hey, Confessors, sorry I've not been in good touch lately.  Looks like that will continue another week or so.   Had a hard time catching much of the showgrams other than a bit of the Musers and less of that than I would have liked.

So just getting another thread started here to invite you to weigh in with reactions to the Campound on The Ticket, thirteen-ten AM and ninety-six seven FM sports.

I'd still like to know why Dan was mad at Jake without having to go back and listen to the podcast.

Two outdoorsy redheads in expiation for my absence.


Monday, April 23, 2018


I think Gordon is writing a book.  In fact, I hope he is.  I would buy it.  More, I would read it.  Despite what you will read in this post, he is a big favorite of this site.

I think this because in recent months, he has fallen back on one of the least engaging segment-burn techniques the Musers haul out from time to time:  baiting George Dunham.  Not finding fresh stuff upon which to turn his talents, but instead digging up sex stories unworthy of his observational talents and torturing George.

For quite some time, the baiting nearly stopped.  Lately, it has returned.

I mention this today because I experienced a personal record this morning, punching out at 5:45 a.m. at "free bleeders" talk.   This wasn't strictly a Gordon-baiting-George segment, since George brought it up in reference to texts Gordon had sent him over the weekend which he hadn't read but which he invited Gordon to elaborate on first thing this fine Monday.  Error.

In fact, this column is about George's complicity in this punch-out fodder.

I was startled to see that this column was from June 2010. 

The redhead is new.

Here it is:

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I'm not the only one who reaches for the dial when Gordon baits George.  I hear from the very Sweetest of the Clean that they join me in finding Gordon's near-constant baiting of George tiresome and unamusing.   It usually takes the form of attributing to George racist-sexist-antigay-stupid off-air statements that he did not make or positions that he does not hold and that, in fact, no rational person would.   Its stale; it's overfrequent; and, unlike some repeated Ticket gags, not funny.  Alas, Gordon, in most of his ventures a very great favorite of My Ticket Confession, has not sought Your Plainsman's advice on this topic, so the baiting goes on.

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Used without permission.

Here's an example.  April 9.  I wrote it down, although the following quotes are inexact.  Gordon is talking about a jewelry heist by a gang of Hispanic individuals. 

GORDON:  "George thought the guys were probably caught when they were found in a nearby park taking a siesta with big sombreros pulled down over their faces."

GEORGE:  "I never said that."

There are two things to notice about this (and the same analysis could be made of almost every single other instance of baiting).  One obvious, one less obvious.

First:  We'll put aside the fact that it's Gordon that is making the offensive racial stereotype references.   The problem is that it isn't amusing.  It isn't witty.  It isn't clever.  It isn't even aurally interesting.  It is just a lie told about George at the expense of Mexicans.  It's dumb.   And -- how about this? -- it brings the story he is actually telling to a complete stop.   So -- not quality broadcasting.

Second:  George reacts.   He does so every time.  He does it almost the same way every time.  That is, he denies what is obviously false.  Sometimes he switches it up and says "That's what you say," or in some other way feebly attempts to attribute the slander to Gordon.  Whatever he says -- he rises to the bait and hits it

Now, perhaps I'm overreacting here.  Perhaps The P1 Nation finds the George-baiting to be can't-miss radio.   For those of you who, like me, find it to be show-killing filler, you will be pleased to know that I have hit upon the solution to this metastasizing anti-comedy.  

I came to understand that in ranting against Gordon I was attacking the part of the problem least likely to yield to my subtle and informed critique.  I now see that the proper solution is not to attempt to affect the supply (that is, Gordon, the incorrigible provider of aggravation) but rather the demand (George, its hapless consumer). 

Here's how you stop it:

George:  Lay out.

When Gordon claims that you have said or believe some stupid thing, just sit there.  Let the bait sink past you, straight to the bottom, while Gordon sits on the showgram shoreline, stalk of alfalfa sticking out of his mouth, waiting for you to chomp down on the lure.   Stop the dull game by swimming away.  Not one word.  If he persists -- not one word.  Let Gordon's flop sweat fill the studio.

Comedians who don't get a reaction to a joke cycle it out of their routine.  Time for this one to suffer that fate.  You'll thank me.  The Sweet Clean Nation will thank you. 

Who says this site isn't on the cutting edge of sophisticated Ticket commentary?

"I say it."

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

BREAKING BREAKING BREAKING: Um . . . No News on The Train Station Fitness Show PLUS Bonus Barb Smith Sighting!

In the last thread, a Confessor mentioned that Gordon had, perhaps inadvertently, dropped a hint that George DiGianni's venerable early-Saturday show might soon be ending.  Then, another Confessor (love those Confessors) mentioned that in his very next show, George mentioned that he has booked guests through May -- sounded odd.

Thus advised, I alerted my Ticket Questionable Information Network to BOLO for information on this sizzling Ticket topic.  I engaged a usually trustworthy operative to go undercover at The Ticket to see what s/he could discover about DiGianni's plans -- or  .  .  .  the Ticket's plans for him.

I can now confidently report that I have no additional information suggesting that TTSFS will be going off the air.

REALLY BREAKING:  Barb Smith, former Traffic Twist who put My Ticket Confession on the map, is in studio today (Tuesday, April 17).  She's not on the air, apparently only escorting a group of eighth graders there for a field trip in her position as a teacher of media journalism at Willow Springs Middle School.  Got that naughty librarian thing going on  .  .  .  .  Hey, Barb, great to hear your name on the air, and thanks again for the boost to this site when you showed up in the comments unexpectedly after your departure from the Ticket to let everyone know you were OK.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Fred Garvin Runs 'Em Down -- Who's The Ticket MVP?

Confessor Fred Garvin sent me an essay on his view of the Most Valuable Player on The Ticket, MVP as being defined -- reasonably, I think -- by him.  The views Fred expresses are not necessarily those of Your Plainsman or this site.

I picked the redheads.

As always, comments are welcome.  However, please refrain from ad hominem attacks on Fred or his analysis.  If you disagree, give us your reasons and, if you'd like, an alternative candidate.

I thank Fred for his contribution.  Please send your own proposed post to  I'll let you know if I think it's suitable or if I would like changes.  You might wish to drop me a proposal for an article first,as Fred did in this case.

Many thanks.  

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It’s time for a classic barroom debate: Who’s the MVP of The Ticket?

By “MVP,” I mean the regular host—not substitute host, not weekend host, not Jake, not Danny—who brings the most radio goodness to the table. I’m talking about the person who, if they were to depart The Ticket tomorrow, would create the biggest void, not just for their own show, but for the station as a whole.

In my view, there are only three contenders: George Dunham, Bob Sturm, and Gordon Keith.

One of these we can dismiss fairly quickly: Gordon.

Gordon is loaded with talent. Humorist, writer, musician, impressionist (his Trump is the best in the country), cultural commentator. He’s so talented, in fact, that I was mildly relieved when I heard him sound a little pitchy at Summer Bash. Because really, to be as good as he is at everything else, and to be a handsome son-of-a-*****, AND to be able to sing—well, that would just be cruel to those of us who struggle to do any one thing with distinction.

The only flaw in Gordon’s game is that he doesn’t know sports. And that’s a big deal when you’re on a sports talk radio station. It means that Gordon is largely MIA for important sports conversations. What’s more, in the eight years I’ve been listening to The Ticket, he doesn’t appear to have done anything to address this weakness. So, as great as the Great Gordo is, he’s only going to take home the bronze.

Dunham and Sturm, on the other hand, are the most well-rounded Ticket hosts. They’re five-tool players. To paraphrase a line from a Ticket promo, they can do everything the other hosts do, but the other hosts—talented though they may be—can’t do everything Jub and Sports Sturm can do. 

Ginger time out:

 There can be only one MVP, however. So, who’s it going to be? Here’s your point-by-point comparison:

Interviewing: Bob asks the most meandering, self-referential, commentary-laden questions in the business. Good, interesting questions, mind you, but questions that challenge you not to lose the thread. George, on the other hand, keeps things simple. His questions are less thought-provoking than Bob’s, but they cover the essential ground clearly and quickly.

Advantage: This is a tough one, but I’m going to give it to Bob. His interviews, though sometimes awkward, tend to explore unfamiliar terrain, and elicit fresh responses.

Humor: Because he’s partners with Dan, Bob’s humor is underrated. He has a surprisingly quick wit, though, and a fine sense of when to work a joke and when to move on. But George has another gear…impressions, polished comedy bits, and the ability to serve as an effective straight man to Gordon, who needs good set-ups, appropriate reactions, and just the right amount of leash. George delivers all of that.

Advantage: George. Bob may be naturally funnier, but George has arrows in his quiver that Bob does not.

Sports knowledge: Mike knows baseball, Corby knows college football, Jake knows the NBA…but George and Bob know everything. They can talk the Big Four with ease. Bob, though, knows soccer too. Plus, when it comes to NFL and the Cowboys, Bob brings information and analysis to the table that you’re not going to hear elsewhere (including from George).

Advantage: Bob. In terms of sports knowledge, he and George are head and shoulders above most Ticket hosts, but Bob brings more depth and breadth to the conversation than George does.

Music: Music is a big part of Ticket culture—making music, and talking about others who make it. This is obviously a passion for George, but barely a passing interest for Bob.

Advantage: George. His knowledge of music is far superior to Bob’s. Plus, though he’s modest about his musical abilities, I’ve seen George blow the doors off the joint more than once. Bob, on the other hand, is the guy in the audience with you and me, saying “Wow…”

Pop culture: Television, movies, teacher-student sex, politics, Internet memes, weird-but-true news stories…all of this is fodder and fair game for Ticket hosts. Both Bob and George have a fairly chaste sensibility, and tend to shy away from sex-related stories. (This can be difficult, as they are paired with co-hosts—Dan and Gordon, respectively—who often fixate on things carnal.) Beyond that realm, though, Bob seems more attuned to what’s going on in movies and television, and willing to wade into most conversations initiated by Dan or Jake, regardless of topic. George, on the other hand, sometimes hangs out on the periphery of these discussions, letting Gordon and Craig drive the segment.

Advantage: Bob. He’s more comfortable with non-sports talk than George, and more eager to engage in it.

On-air chemistry: I like Dan. A lot. But he isn’t a particularly generous co-host. Bob, though, works hard to generate actual conversations with Dan, and to participate fully in Dan’s bits. This works so well, I find myself wondering if they’re friends outside of work. George and Craig, on the other hand—though friends of long-standing—don’t have the same easy connection. Often, they sound like they’re talking past each other, rather then having an authentic conversation. And George’s impatience with Gordon’s sometimes juvenile approach is obvious.
Advantage: Bob. His rapport with Dan seems natural and fun, which is a considerable achievement, considering Dan’s style. George isn’t on that same level with Craig…and certainly not with Gordon.

X-factor: Both Bob and George seem like exceedingly kind, thoughtful, generous, humble, good men. George does a lot of charity work, and to hear him get choked up when talking about senior citizens has, more than once, brought a tear to my eye. (He’s not given to cheap emotion, so you know his compassion is genuine.) He’s also quick to defend others against Gordon’s sharper barbs.

Bob knows he won life’s lottery—great job, great wife, great kids, great pipes—and like George, seeks to share his blessings: by adopting a child from Honduras, by quarterbacking the “Drop Your Pants” event, and by lifting up his coworkers. (He invites input from Jake and TC, knowing that he’s already made it, but that they need reps if they’re ever going to achieve what he has.)

Advantage: Neither. Both seem like guys you’d be proud to number among your friends.

Y-factor: George is on the air for 4.5 hours per day. Bob is on for 3.0 hours. Both are impressive (can you imagine filling even one hour every day, day after day, for years on end, without taking calls?). But mathematically speaking, one is more impressive than the other…doubly so, when you consider the time of day we’re talking about.

Advantage: George.


Based on the foregoing analysis, the application of a proprietary algorithm, and the sprinkling of a little magic dust, your 2018 Ticket MVP Award goes to:

Bob Sturm!

Congratulations, Bob. (And George, against this level of competition, there’s no shame in taking the silver.)

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We had a request not long ago for Maureen O'Hara.
Someone home behind those green peepers.  And
she could act.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I Give My Leader the Benefit of the Doubt + Bonus STD on Drops

And that leader, you may recall, is Jeff Catlin, Program Director of KTCK (The Ticket) and Operations Manager for it, KESN, KLIF, KPLX, KLIF FM, WBAP, and KSCS (that is, Cumulus Dallas).

I think he is a pretty smart chap and has made some pretty smart decisions about The Ticket.

So I can only assume he has some reason -- a market study, perhaps; micro-ratings analysis; maybe getting a feel from his email; could even be sponsor feedback -- for countenancing what seems -- isn't, but seems -- to be nonstop talk on a number of the shows about cable/Amazon/Netflix dramatic presentations.

A day or so ago, it was The Musers with "The Push."  Today, I look forward to one of my rare tune-ins to BaD, and I hear Bob say that they were not able to properly finish their discussion of "The Push" in the prior segment(s?), and so they were going to trash the sports talk they had planned on the run sheet so they could talk about it some more.  Then, on The Hardline, E-news is all about that subject, then, following a single segment about Cowboys stuff (Dez Bryant absolutely, 100%, take it to the bank, absolutely no way, will renegotiate his deal), Corby announced they were going to discuss another Netflix show in the next segment.

Maybe the Confessor is interested in these things and the New World Catman has made another wise choice.  Maybe lots of P1's watch them and enjoy our lads' extensive and frequent discussion about these shows.  And the discussion itself -- hey, for all I know they may be television analysts of the most sublime perspicacity.  But, speaking here only for myself, I'm interested in none of it, and, to the extent I am, I am certainly not interested in the cascade of spoilers these guys sling.  I heard Corby say that viewership for these shows is plummeting and he once again assured listeners with absolute certainty that in 5 years there would be no Netflix, no Showtime, no HBO, so one wonders why a disproportionate slab of showgram time up and down the broadcast day is devoted to these presentations.

Now -- I invoke Jeff here, but in fact, I don't think he has much to do with the programming of individual segments on these shows.  He's not telling them to devote segments to TV/cable/internet dramatic programming.  His role, if there is one, is pretty much a negative one -- stop doing this, don't do that, clean up your tweets, throw some cold water on the social commentary.

Anyway, that's my STD (Scorching Ticket Disquisition) for the day.

"Corby said this show was the greatest in the history of human communication."

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Wait, there's more.

What's this about The Ticket being ordered to -- erase? archive? stop using? -- certain, or a certain number of, or a certain volume of, drops?  Heard it mentioned a couple of times this afternoon, most notably by Mike R observing that a station like The Ticket, which basically carries some of Cumulus's less popular offerings, should be forced to cut back on drops for any reason.

I didn't get the impression that this was a programming move -- Jeff saying, per my suggestion above, "use a lot fewer drops."  Don't think that's what's happened, although could be in error about that.  I believe that for some reason, a large batch of Ticket drops are no longer available for use; D Mino suggested to that effect.   Mike, and I think Corby, both suggested that this was some kind of an economic move.  But how is that possible?  Digital storage costs approximately nothing (or am I wrong here, guys?).   Someone out there knows more about this.  Please advise in the comments, or drop me a line.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Is There Tension?

I ask this question sincerely.  I invite daily BaD listeners to weigh in, because I've recently heard something on BaD that I did not expect to hear.

I have been able to tune into BaD twice in the last couple of weeks.  I regret that I can't listen more often, because I've kind of been warming up to the show over the past year or so.  But I did have a chance to punch in a couple of times recently.

Both times I heard a very tense moment between Bob and T.C.

T.C. would pop on.  Now, in T.C.'s defense, if he needs one, these pop-ons did not seem to me to be any more annoying than T.C.'s usual pop-ons.  You listen to BaD, you're going to hear T.C. pop on.  It goes with the territory.  One of them was a little sarcastic -- I don't recall the subject matter of either -- but well within T.C. historical tolerances.  Some people are OK with T.C.'s pop-ons, others less so, others not at all, but these sounded to me like not-out-of-the-ordinary pop-ons.  I did not take particular note of them, did not think T.C. was out of line in comparison with what he's apparently been allowed to do in the past.

But Bob took note and -- I don't think the phrase is "snapped at T.C."  I think the phrase is more like "expressed very distinctive annoyance at T.C. popping on, or perhaps at the said popped-on content."

In both cases -- my recollection may be a little thin here -- he paused before he spoke, as though considering his words carefully, or to signal that something unusual was coming.

In both cases, he called T.C. "Chuck."  Is that new?  Does he call him "Chuck" when he intends to make a slighting reference?

In the most recent episode he made reference to T.C.'s mic always seeming to be on.  In another he sarcastically -- the sarcasm was not veiled -- "thanked" T.C. for his contribution.

Dan did not speak during these uncomfortable passages.

In the most recent instance, Justin M was sitting in for Jake and had been participating in the show, although less than Jake usually does.  No interaction between Justin and T.C. during these passages (or at all).

I guess this could be a bit.  Again, I don't listen to BaD enough to know if this is some ongoing schtick, or if Bob is growing unhappy with T.C.'s always-bubbling-beneath-the-surface desire to participate in the show. 

Confessors, please -- this is not an invitation to unload on T.C.  We've seen enough of that in the past and we all know how you feel.  I mainly want to know if either Bob or Dan has been spatting with T.C. on the air, or whether what I heard on my two recent flybys was anomalous.

T.C., you're  .  .  .  you're so much more than banter.

Saturday, March 3, 2018


Did you catch it on The Teebox this morning?

"It's just the tip of the icing."

        --  Craig Rosengarden

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Guys and dolls, sorry I've been absent.  I've been out of town and working seven days and evenings.   That will last probably around another week.  I had an STD  I was going to offer about BaD, but it's gotten a little stale.  I might still throw it out there if I get some time, but until then, here's a ginger for you.

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RANDOM TICKET OBSERVATION:  No Ticket host of any age should ever call another host "dude."  Or anyone else, for that matter.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Are You Going to Ticketstock?

I'm flat not going to make it this year.  Usually I try to at least grab an hour or two of the least interesting time -- not long after opening on Friday -- but I'm not even going to make that this year, or at least that's what it looks like right now.

Get some snaps, men and women, and send them along to

I wish it were possible to post links and snaps to comments, but alas.

I'll be especially keen to hear how the "skits" ("Friday Night Live") go.  I think it will be a difficult thing to pull off but I guess the lads have been working hard on it.  Hey -- comedy is hard.  Written comedy is harder.  Performed written comedy is the hardest. 

I wish The Ticket -- and y'all -- a wonderful TicketStock. 

"I like the way Gordon says 'huh' alla time."

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mickey Jones, RIP

Mickey Jones was a drummer with Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, and other notables. He then went on to have an acting career, most notably in "Home Improvement" and movies "Sling Blade," "Starman," and "Tin Cup."

The Ticket connection?

As most Ticket followers know, VJ Boyd, a writer-producer on "Justified," has written the names of many Ticket notables into the scripts for that wonderful series:  Ty Walker, T.C. Fleming, Gordon Keith, others.

Jones played Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham in the show.  Of course, we know the beloved George on The Musers, and his affection for a movie he believes is underappreciated by everyone but him, "Hot Rod."

So there's your Ticket connection.

 And here's your redhead "Justified" connection, Alicia Witt, who portrayed Wendy Crowe.

 Have a fine weekend, Confessors.