Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Your White Elephant Assignment

Not sure how much time I'll be able to spend by the channel tomorrow.  I'll appreciate careful reportage from the Confessor Nation.

I'm less interested in bits (although your reviews of indivdual performances are always welcome) than with listening between the lines to gather clues about relationships between the players: 

Who is tense with whom;

who makes a slighting reference about whom that doesn't seem entirely friendly;

what combo hits it off that you might not expect;

who is not enjoying the experience;

who takes advantage of (or squanders) a rare opportunity to shine?

Stuff like that.  As always, thanks.

We'll be back to irritating Mike very shortly, unless there is another Casey Millen eruption.

Query:  If something like the CMillen contretemps had happened on, oh, say, KDFW or KXAS, wouldn't The Little One be all over it?  Always depends whose ox is gored, I guess.  That's the nice thing about running a one-guy blog -- limited opportunities for scandal.

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30 comments:

Jonaessa said...

First Thoughts - I love a good prank so the segment in which TC was told that he would not be allowed parking or access to the new building was pretty funny. However, it went on and on and on and on. Way to beat a dead horse, guys. Corby led the segment and, of course, seemed right at home. Bob jumped in and was active, but Norm was pretty quiet. Sure, he said a few things here and there, but I'm not sure if he just felt like it was Corby's segment and allowed him to lead the way, or if he really didn't care about it at all. Either way is fine, just some observations so far.

(And Muse in the News--my favorite segment--was terrible. I don't want to hear about elephants. I want someone to tell me what happened in the metroplex in the last 24 hours. Guess I'll have to tune in to Community Quick Hits.)

Mitchell George said...

Corby just performed a pretty epic ticker at 9:21, citing poor choices made by the Ticket in light of Jason Garrett's flub in last week's game. An incomplete list in the wrong order: "TC, Mike's Zoobaz pants, Mike's Mustache, hiring Rocco Pendola, Danny's 1st marriage, Danny's 2nd marriage, Gordon's TV show, Greggo, Greggo and Kunkel, Oleander at Ticket Stock, midgets at Ticket Stock......" all I can remember, there were a few more.

Anonymous said...

I like what I'm hearing out of the morning crew. Some good sports talk and excepting Corby's last ticker (Danny's wives, etc.) nothing's been too over the top. GREAT ticker by the way, Snake! Did anyone catch the end of Norm's last ticker? He mentioned that Josh Hamilton is looking for an extension before the 2012 season. Norm followed that with a "we all here wish we could get radio contract extensions before the 2012 radio year begins."

Pretty interesting. Considering it's coming from Norm makes is even more interesting.

birq said...
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birq said...

Guhgree, Jonaessa. It dragged on too long. I thought it was funny, though.

Norm, Corby and Bob had surprisingly acceptable chemistry. I've heard Norm and Corby together before, and they seem to level each other out fairly well, so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised.

Corby's "bad decisions" ticker was pretty funny. Also included were Mike's jorts and a couple other "Greggo and..." mentions before that section ended with just "Greggo". Good stuff. He also threw in "Cumulus not drug testing until 2004".

Anonymous said...

So far Gordo's been genius. The first segment as fake Norm had me spitting out my coffee!

Jonaessa said...

Donovan's Tickers are getting stranger and stranger. The exchange with his wife about bathroom antics? 12:15 - Catfish blood what? I appreciate the effort to change it up, but I am not following anything he is talking about. (Haven't we mentioned the over-Donovan before?) He should settle down a bit and let the comedy occur naturally.

Mitchell George and Birq, those Corby Tickers were pretty good. I missed the first part of the Ticket poor choices so I thought Corby was just repeating a bunch of drops. Now it makes sense. Thanks!

Jonaessa said...

I don't want to overpost, so I apologize in advance, but I thought the crosstalk between ten to noon and noon to three was uncomfortably funny. Mike and George always seem to have great chemistry when they get together, and Danny is with Mike all the time so their ease is apparent. But, when Gordo steps in, everything gets a little awkward. It seems that Gordon has made it his mission in life to make George as uncomfortable as possible every single chance he gets. And he does it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. If I were George, I would have punched Gordon in the face long ago, but the fact that George allows Gordon to continue the behavior eventually falls on George. If he acted like it didn't bother him, Gordo would move on. Definitely cringe-worthy that shut down the crosstalk.

Donovan's 12:35 ticker about Herman Cain and all those white girls--better than the previous ticker.

Mitchell George said...

5 favorite songs segment between Mike and Jub Jub is awesome: awesome. Lots of emotion from both Mike and Jub we rarely get to see. Mike said "titillating" and "this song is like a feather tickling my ass". Awesome.

birq said...

Jonaessa, the "bathroom antics" was a replay of the upper-decker prank he did for BaD Radio a few years ago. I've been enjoying the "whatever the hell I want to talk about" blickers he's been throwing out.

Mitchell, I appreciate the segments like "5 favorite songs". It's always nice to hear guys like Mike and George drop the schtick and talk about what they like.

birq said...

Apparently George has somehow talked Avery Johnson and Michael Irvin to do his tickers for him. George has such power is't not even fair.

Jonaessa said...

The "Why Today Doesn't Suck" segment was great, but I think that's because it's such a well-established segment. The crosstalk is always great. Mike, Dan, Danny, and Ty are accustomed to working during that slot, and Craig and George are used to each other, too, so I think that made for a bit that wasn't too strained or forced in any way.

(And how sweet that George woke up early to take his son to school! I heart Mr. Dunham!)

And the porn talk before "The Medulla of Dan" was actually pretty funny. To listen to Ty talk about whether or not he would take a run at the porn star if she would allow it was hilarious. I could really picture Ty thinking it over, "Would this girl give me a chance?" I'm sure he was squirming, but in a good way.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic day, all around. Donovan had a few funny tickers. The blicker was the best. Corby's poor choice ticker was for the ages. Fake Norm's open letter to Santa Jesus Baby Father Time had me in tears, "ruff." While many have expressed the greatness of Jub and Mike's music segment, I really didn't care for it. There's been so much of that on the Hardline over the last few years that it's no longer special to me. The rest of their show was good strong. And the 3-7 show was a pretty good little show, a pretty good little show. Though I really didn't care too much for June's tickers.

Anonymous said...

My most robust laugh of the day was a rather obscure moment during a live spot shortly after the end of Gordon's shift and beginning of George and Rhynes shift. Jub was doing a commercial for the weight loss program he is currently endorsing, and Gordo, still stealthily bombing the next shift, makes an appearance as a Germal doctor ready to perform an examination on George. Almost resulted in violence, but was a great laugh.

birq said...

I discovered that Dan and Rich are a really bad combination. Tonally and personality-wise. The segment during the 5-ish hour when they were hosting and Junes was getting ready for tickers was really hard to listen to. First of all, it promotes too much airtime for Rich, but they were talking over each other, Sean Bass was trying to chime in and it was audio chaos. Also, there was way too much Fernando while all this was going on, which isn't pleasant for anyone.

Anonymous said...

Also, lots of racial "humor" today that is borderline in many ways and can't help but feel galvanizes the ethnic community. I laugh at it, but I can't understand where the line is to be drawn. Some of the things said daily (even with Donovan on the air - and his apparent acceptance of this banter) is confusing. How Bascik got fired for far less than the radically more overt "Bust them Naps" bits, ticket blickers, etc schtick is beyond me.

The Plainsman said...

The Confessor Nation comes through. Great observations, and even explanation where there is disagreement.

I'm quite jealous, as I only heard a couple of hours of the morning show and less than that of the drive. Hope to catch some of it on The UnTicket, although what I really wish I could do is download the whole days' work and listen to it while doing chores this weekend.

I was listening carefully for one thing in particular, and I heard it. I promise I will come back to it in a not-too-distant article.

Please continue posting your thoughts. I betcha anything some Ticket types are visiting this site to see what the Nation has to say. Looks like they'll like what they see.

It's great to listen to the scrambled Ticket.

The Plainsman said...

PS: Yep, hits are really strong today. Continue to give our heroes more of your best.

ap said...

"...although what I really wish I could do is download the whole days' work and listen to it while doing chores this weekend."

All you had to do was ask, Plainsman:
http://www.theunticket.com/musers-white-elephant-style/

http://www.theunticket.com/the-rant-white-elephant-style/

http://www.theunticket.com/badd-radio-white-elephant-style/

http://www.theunticket.com/the-hardline-white-elephant-style/

I'm cutting up tickers now...let's see how much sleep that eats up.

birq said...

You're a machine, ap. I know it is said a lot, but i dont think it can be said enough: You and all the Unticket folks are amazing.

Anonymous said...

birq, sean bass wasn't in the same group with rich and dan.

BTS said...

Big Mac sure was creepy with the porn star. Hidden scalpel creepy.

ap said...

thanks, Birq...tickers almost uploaded.

The Plainsman said...

AP, Incomparable.

birq said...

"birq, sean bass wasn't in the same group with rich and dan."

Maybe it was Ty Walker Chicken. Either way, too many voices of the same type all trying to talk over each other.

Shaggy said...

Woah, new mobile version looks good.

Shaggy said...

Um, whoa.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the complete shows AP. I didn't expect The Unticket to provide the entire day, so I went through hell setting up an old computer to record the radio signal, stopping every hour to save the file and restart the recording, monitoring it all day. I've been reconstructing the pieces all evening..... and for naught. I shoulda trusted in the Unticket!

ap said...

I appreciate your compliments, folks, but please let me emphasize that DP has been the driving force behind the UnTicket for years (four as of today, actually - happy birthday!)

In addition to posting the overwhelming majority of the content, DP hosts, maintains and financially-backs the entire operation. I and a few other UnP1's with automated recording setups just chip in from time to time as our 'straight-gigs' permit...which, unfortunately, is less and less these days.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, UnTicket!

I know it was two days ago, but it was a great White Elephant Day. I thought Gordo's mid-morning show was both hilarious and revealing. I know a lot of people make comments on this blog about his pseudo-intellectual ways. And in many respects they are accurate comments. But I think we saw a side of Intellectual Gordo (at least I did) that is rarely shown--a bit of humility. I'm referring to the caller who asked for suggestions on what books to read, based on what Gordon reads. It was evident that Gordo was humbled by the question. And it was also evident by the sheepishness of the offering of his suggestions and discussion of his reading habits (with the "I'm a slow reader" qualifier) that Gordon is aware that he's not some tears of a clown tragicomedy genius--perhaps even painfully aware. The thrust of it all is: I think the man is grounded in reality; and I really like Gordon Keith.