In the last post's epic thread of comments on DryDock, I mentioned how healthy the hits were whenever that time of year rolled around. That prompted a response from one Michael Krenek, who wrote:
Your hits are up during dry dock because all of us Ticket spares are refreshing the site every 5 minutes to see if anything is written about us.
In addition to being hilarious, I think there's some truth there. It had long been my assumption that Ticket hosts and CTOs get tons of email, in some cases hundreds a day, with reactions from P1's to Ticket programming, bits, hosts, features, everything. And I would have thought that any views expressed on this site would be pretty much lost in that torrent of opinion and not much noticed by the varsity and JV and CTOs at The Little One.
I'm less sure now. Some time back I heard from a Ticket guy via email who mentioned that he sees MTC up on laptops from time to time. Now here's Michael K's testimony. And of course we have heard in "signed" comments this year from Grubes, Matt, Jake, Casey, and Jeremy (actually, haven't heard from Jer in awhile, that may have been further back in the past). Also, I'm reasonably sure that one or more of our Anonymi from time to time are also station personnel. On rare occasions I will hear via email from a Ticket guy with an "atta boy" or a correction or something like that.
So somebody's checking us out at our favorite radio station.
But I'll tell you something, Confessors: It's not me they're interested in -- it's you. There have been some absolutely sensational mini-essays in the comments over the past several months that are well-written and thoughtful. Sometimes I agree, sometimes not, but these are people who obviously care about the station and think about what makes it great. In fact, I would put all non-troll commenters in that category; even the offhand comments are pungent and get at something true about the station.
Our readers are guys (and Jonaessa!) who spend an astonishing percentage of their lives listening to The Ticket. I would think that Cumulo-Ticket guys would be very interested in the views of quality listeners like you, even if they think that Your Plainsman is looney tunes with his between-the-lines interpretations, guesses, speculations, and opinions, not to mention his unhealthy obsession with Green Tail Shiner.
So: Raise a glass to yourselves tonight, and have a safe and joyful New Year and 2012, with my continued Thanks for Shopping at My Ticket Confession.
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