Alexis Smith, Dallas Radio Traffic Twist, is a beautiful young woman. And I like beautiful women of all ages. In fact, a significant portion of traffic to this website consists of people looking for information on the Smiths, Alexis and Barb. It only hurts my feelings a little bit.
And Barb is also a beautiful woman, in my judgment. And she was very sweet to check in with My Ticket Confession following her departure from KTCK and let us know she was doing OK. She is most welcome any time. (Barb, how the blazes are you? I'm here to tell you there are many listeners eager for news of you, so let the Confessor Nation hear from you.)
Actually, I think the Tickheads and Confessors who are seeking Barb Smith and Alexis Smith information are actually looking for pictures.
And I like to drive traffic to this site, so I'm going to copy some pictures here, although I only know of one recent unadulterated picture of Barb, that is:
There are a couple of more purporting to be Alexis, whose image is apparently also a favored destination of Dallas radio aficionados, so they can enjoy this one:
Alexis does an admirable job delivering the mostly-irrelevant traffic. In fact, she does such a good job that one tends not to pay the slightest attention to her, just as one does with most traffic reports. Whenever I hear Alexis's voice, I turn my head toward it and see -- my radio. Which looks nothing like her. (Alexis, Confessors await your instructions, which I would be pleased to convey via the Comments section.)
But I come today in praise of Doyle King. A Confessor must confess that, to the mainstream Tickhead, he is not as cute as Barb or Alexis:
But even when all he is doing is delivering the traffic -- no schtick, no call-outs for a Dallas sports team, no telling stories about his wild past -- he is still very entertaining to listen to. There's just something about the music of that voice, slick and radio-polished though it may be.
So my question is: Why can't we have Doyle every single day? What does he do when he's not filling in? Wikipedia reports: "He currently serves as a traffic producer for Traffic.com, a Navteq company, and substitute traffic director at SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket as well as an occasional 'Plus One' show host on days when more prominent guests are not in studio." I've never heard him as a Plus-One, although he may have done that in the past that I've missed. And it is inconceivable to me that a "traffic producer" does anything whatsoever except wait to be called to fill in at The Ticket.
So, as lovely as the Smiths are, why can't we have Doyle King every single day? He might be the only guy in Dallas who could make traffic an actual draw for the showgrams.
But he probably won't drive much traffic to My Ticket Confession.