But it's no more absurd than some of the very entertaining things we hear on The Ticket every day. Not that this is a gag -- I think all my ideas are excellent. But if the only thing that happens is that you laugh and shake your head at Your Plainsman's chuckleheadedness, I'm perfectly OK with that. And you'll let me know in the comments. Respectfully, I am certain.
So here we go:
In Part 1, I recanted my earlier opinion that Mike R goes through phases of diminished interest in The Hardline. I did not recant my view that from time to time, The Hardline as it emerges over the airways needs more Mike and less Corby, what I have for the last couple of years called balance.
I've been kicking around an idea about a . . . an . . . adjustment to The Hardline that not only would address this issue, but that isn't totally cockamamie, unworkable, and incredibly faster-than-the-speed-of-light impossible.
Why loose it on an unwitting public at this time, while The Hardline continues to ride high?
-- Continued communications from P1's expressing the view that Mike has lost interest. Not really my opinion, but I do hear this.
-- Continued communications from P1's, also reflected in comments to posts, lamenting the OverCorby. I have some sympathy for this view, much as I admire Corby's performance overall.
-- Remarks on The Musers a week or so ago that each of the Courage Boys has developed his own theory about Mike As He Has Been Lately, who, they speculate, seems to have developed a don't-give-a-damn attitude, say-anything attitude, suggesting a scorched-earth point of view towards The Little One. (They were referring to his performance on "The Newlywed Game" at Ticketstock -- I'm don't think they were necessarily describing The Hardline presentation.) I don't actually know what Mike-AHHBL behavior they were thinking of, but the fact that they commented in such detail on one of their semi-rival hosts at all was somewhat alarming -- although their attitude was bemused rather than alarmed.
-- A comment from AP (as I recall -- I haven't gone back to check on the commenter), who reported a couple of remarks by Danny, who occasionally experiences tension between his role as producer and as on-air talent.
-- Unanimously positive reactions to the March 1 presentation, where Corby was absent, Danny was more-or-less the co-host in grown-up mode, Jake did E-News, T.C. produced, and Robert ("Don't Call Me Bob") Wilonsky did Community Quick Hits.
With (i) this context, (ii) our wish to maintain host/host balance on the show, and (iii) my revised Theory of Mike all in mind, I offer the following modest proposal:
(1) Make Danny a full-time host. Relieve him of his producer duties. Give him a raise -- probably a big one -- and a contract.
(2) Include the following in Danny's job description, since it unlikely Corby would undertake any of them:
(i) Plan topics and segments that are more likely than not to engage Mike's interest (i.e., take charge of show prep, and, if he's already in charge of show prep, take charge of it better).
(ii) On the air, make sure that Mike is heard, even in those instances where he is not particularly engaged. This sounds patronizing towards Mike, but, as noted, Mike wanders and defers to Corby, and Corby allows it. Danny has shown flashes of being genuinely concerned about the overall sonic presentation of the show. Task him with bringing Mike into conversations where he's lapsed into silence for one reason or another. In other words, give him some authority over the on-air presentation in real time.
(iii) Police the OverCorby. Now it is true that in the past Danny has sometimes allied with Corby, exacerbating the balance problem. My hunch, however, that given express responsibility for keeping the showgram sounding professional, he would do it.
(iv) I think this could be accomplished without diluting Danny's colorful and acerbic contribution. It would only require that Danny put on the adult persona that he has when he's co-hosting with Mike in Corby's absence -- that's a Danny that the Nation finds quite easy to take.
(3) For Grubes's years of toil in the fever swamps, give him the opportunity to produce if he wants. We would miss his amazing drops artistry, but surely the guy doesn't want to be a board op forever, even assuming he plans to hang with The Ticket for the foreseeable future.
(4) If Grubes doesn't want the producer job, assign it to Jake Kemp. Find another up-and-comer to do Top Ten. (Not T.C., in my view, but the Nation seems fond of him. Maybe Casey Millen.)
(5) If Grubes does want the producer job, I don't know who should be on the board. There must be lotsa guys who'd like that gig.
(6) Ty Wal-KAH? Jeez, I'm sorry, I just don't see him moving from Tickers -- which, after all, is his natural habitat. At least not on The Hardline, anyway. Ty has some real broadcast skills as a behind-the-mic guy, but the Hardline doesn't needs another talker and I don't see him in the producer role -- could be wrong. His role as lightning-fast Google guy and porn counselor is bringing him an increased role on the show when Danny's drop isn't yelling at him, so he's doing OK.
|Danny, Corby, Mike, and a slice of Junior|
Consider the advantages (or, in some cases, the non-disadvantages) of this plan:
-- It addresses the need for more Mike and a more moderate contribution from Corby.
-- It requires no new hires or even moving anyone from one show to another (other than Jake and maybe a board op).
-- Showgram chemistry is altered only very slightly.
-- It keeps a major talent (Danny) around and lets him concentrate his skills and energy on show presentation.
-- Unlike other Hardline-related suggestions, it does not involve any kind of formal or even apparent demotion of Corby. It does not suggest that Corby is "only" a yuk-monkey.
-- It barely requires any changes at all within the presentation itself. Just more Danny, which is a good thing overall, and more authority for Danny to guide the show. In fact, it may not mean much more Danny at all -- it only requires that his contribution be aimed at getting/keeping Mike involved in the broadcast.
-- It keeps/rewards Grubes and opens up a spot for some new Ticket talent (i.e., Jake/Casey or a hotshot board op).
Well . . . there it is.
It really only has one significant feature -- noodging Danny towards more responsibility and authority. If he's interested, it works. If he thinks it's BS, it doesn't. (Of course, we're all thinking -- this is impossible, so whether it's BS or not is kind of beside the point.) I may be wrong in sensing in Danny a mature professional waiting to come into his own, but I have found myself hearing a faint regret in the direction the show takes from time to time, even as he participates in it. He has the presence and the skill to give the showgram a nudge back on track when it threatens to stray. And maintain his Danny persona in the process.
OK, this has gone on long enough. The Nation is entirely free to comment on any feature or all of them, but I would request that you not overemphasize the incidental features (Grubes/Jake/Casey/Ty), which are really not important to the overall scheme -- included just to keep things tidy.