Mike Rhyner contract time.
Or is it?
You can say what you want about Richie Whitt, but, unlike Your Plainsman, he had sources. So when Mike and Corby signed their deals, he knew about it and reported on it and got some quotes.
Me -- as they say on The Hardline -- not so much.
So we heard Mike speculating on the conclusion of his tenure at The Ticket at the campout on Lake Mingus last spring, mentioning February, what I speculated was the end of his contract. So I've had some fun the past couple of months with speculations, guessing, predictions, and, of course, our valuable advice to the CTO.
And then, listening to The Hardline a month or two back, right around the time I was finishing up the last of the four pieces, I heard something.
I was in the Conestoga at the time wrestling with some recalcitrant horsies, so I couldn't write anything down and by now, I've forgotten exactly what I heard, forgotten the words. I should have written about this awhile ago but thought I would save it up. The problem with that, of course, is that memory fades.
So this will be a little frustrating for me to relate and for you to read, but as I had the Philco struggling to pull in 1310 AM while I was gee-hawing the horsies, I heard Mike talking.
And he said something.
I can't remember the words, but I remember the sound of his voice. It was like he temporarily forgot he was broadcasting, he kind of sighed and said something kind of -- I don't know, sentimental, suggestive, relieved -- didn't sound like Mike.
And then it struck me.
That son-of-a-buck signed his contract months ago.
I should have figured it out sooner.
Look, if the guy was getting all morose about staying at the Ticket early in 2011, then he was probably already talking turkey with the CTO. It was going to get done sooner than 10 months later. I think it did.
And no Richie Whitt to tell us about it.
So how can we get this confirmed or denied? I have two strategies.
The first was inspired by a discussion on the Musers, I believe it was, talking about how gossip-mongers and website sensationalists drive traffic, by making an outrageous assertion that no one bothers to deny, but by denying that the reporter himself actually believes it they halfway protect themselves. I'm going to give it a slight grammatical twist.
So I am here to report that:
I'm not saying I have any proof of this, and it could possibly be false, but: (1) Mike Rhyner was born as a female, or (2) he signed a new contract with The Ticket/Cumulus sometime in mid-to-late 2011.
This can only be denied if both parts of it are false. So if this statement is denied by someone with knowledge, then Mike did not sign a contract some time ago. If someone in authority says it is true, then we are left to imagine which half is true (because the statement is true if either part is), and the unlikelihood of (1) will suggest to us that (2) is true.
Of course, if no one says anything, then we're back where we started.
Which leads me to my second strategy:
Hey, Jeff and Mike: How about a scoop for the Confessor Nation? Come on, I know we take our shots from time to time but I think you have to admit that both this site and the Confessor Nation are positive about The Ticket and even finds some nice things to say about the CTO from time to time. Even when we're critical, we make every effort to be fair and keep things civil. How many times do you get a chance to do a solid for Your Home for Responsible Ticket Journalism? Drop me a line at ThePlainsman1310@gmail.com. No details, just the broad outlines of the deal. Aw, come on, how's about it?
I'll let you know if I hear anything.
I don't know if he's an Old Grey Wolf. But I'm pretty sure he's at least an Old Grey Fox.
|Old Grey Fox -- I swear, I did not Photoshop this|
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