In the words of Screamin' Danny Bacon:
Now, this is fun.
Today on What's on Mike's Mind, the lads were going through their annual recollection of the early days of The Ticket. There is something distinctly thrilling to today's Ticket listener about hearing Skip Bayless's first words over a transmitter that sounded as though it were designed by Marconi himself.
Then, as they also frequently do, they turned to the shortcomings of Mr. Bayless, although Mike does acknowledge that his presence was critical to getting the venture off the ground.
In light of what came just after I wish I had listened to this discussion a little more closely. I did catch that he was speaking negatively of his former colleague Bayless, and (please correct me here, I don't have time to go back and listen to it on The (Incomparable) UnTicket) I think his point generally was that Bayless had bigger fish to fry, held himself apart from the station as a whole, never really warmed up to the enterprise, may only have been in it for the money, such as it was.
And then, Mike said – and, as usual, I don't have the exact words, and if anyone wants to donate them from checking out The UnTicket replay, I'd be delighted to correct this – "There's only one person like that around here now."
Well, well, well, well, well, now isn't this lovely?
Mike doesn't pull back the curtain very often, but that was certainly tantalizing, was it not?
Who do you think he was talking about?
This is important to the P1 Nation and its Confessor subset. We don't get stuff like this from a host very often. If we could figure out who it was, well, then we'd really have something. Probably some things would fall into place for us, stuff that puzzles us would no longer. And our forecast for The Ticket's future might sharpen up some.
I have a couple of possible candidates, but I want to know what you guys – almost all of whom get to listen to the station more than I do – think he was referring to. I'm certain your guesses will be better than mine.
And if a consensus candidate emerges – even if we are wrong – the fact that we think this may be the candidate will tell us a lot about how the station is presenting itself to the P1 Nation.
Now to aid our considerations I consulted Full Disclosure to see if I could find exactly what the issue was with Bayless, and that would help us compare with the current Ticket lineup. Fail. The firing of Skip Bayless by the Laddy occupies exactly one line, and there's scarcely a discouraging word about the guy, at least not in the part I reread tonight.
So we are left with what little archaeology we have about Bayless, and we have to compare that with what little we know about the behind-the-scenes (and perhaps even the not-so-behind-the-scenes) behavior and attitude of the current Ticket team. In your considerations, Confessors, bear in mind that Mike didn't limit his remark to hosts, or on-air guys. Maybe he was referring to management. Maybe to a yuk-monkey. Or maybe to one of his on-air host colleagues. Maybe he was referring to himself. Riddle me that, if you will.
Who at The Ticket does Mike Rhyner believe possesses the character, attitude, and relationship to his Ticket colleagues exhibited by inaugural Ticket host Skip Bayless?
is now . . . open.