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.
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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.