Already had three comments on the last article, and I'm pleased to see one of them was AP, so we'll be hearing what I'm about to write about on The UnTicket:
1310AM and The Stream went dark early early this morning, and Those Who Muse So Gently were not happy about it. I haven't heard all of the on-air references to Cumulus technical incompetence over the past few weeks, but this one was a sizzler.
In fact, it sounded like it was Ripped from My Ticket Confession. Junior spoke eloquently about signal swapping, and how a competing station was getting two powerful signals, and The Ticket was supposed to stay number one against that with their two cruddy signals, which are only intermittently on the air. Longtime Confessors will reall that this site has been howling about signal swap almost since it began.
There was mention made of bolting The Ticket. I'll come back to this.
And then George -- of all people, George -- singled out a particular individual, although no names were used. He said to this person -- SHOCKING! -- "You stink." Later on, he graduated to "You suck!" I don't know which of the three called him an "idiot." I don't know who this knucklehead is, but it's someone who has had some hegemony over The Ticket, or perhaps Ticket technical matters, only in the past year -- and reference was made to this person screwing up last year's Super Bowl broadcasting. (Perhaps it's this Brett Blankenship guy.) They even suggested that this "idiot" was protected by some higher-ups for some reason.
It was the most angry I have ever heard a Ticket host, including Mike R.
Oh, yeah, and right after this rant, some broadcast from an entirely different station cut into an advertisement, and we all had to be puzzled by this for a little while. (It did not sound like sports-talk to me -- it sounded like it might have been WBAP.)
As usual, The Musers had the courage to make a gag out of it -- saying that they felt safe in ripping management because they weren't on the air anyway.
Hey, a SweetJack commercial!!
A commenter has expressed the view that a Muser will be leaving the showgram sometime in the coming year. That would not shock me. It also would not shock me if The Musers have a plan to leave the station entirely sometime in the future, as a group, as their contracts expire. Unlike Mike and Corby, they started with their show at the same time, did they not? Which would mean that their contracts all might expire at the same time. They would have to wait out their noncompetes, if they even have noncompetes, and they would wait for all three of them to get clear of their employment contracts, and then they'd all re-assemble at a competitor.
I'm sure that all the hosts feel a strong attachment to The Ticket and an emotional connection and commtiment to their colleagues. But Cumulus has not shown either respect or support to them in recent years. It was either Junior or Gordon who said it this morning, and once again I don't have the exact words, but it was to the effect that Cumulus's serial screwups, invisible promotional support, and inattention to the signal are going to come home to roost, the implication being that these deficiencies would result in an outflow of broadcast talent.
Frankly . . . wouldn't break my heart.
Would I have to change the name of this site?
I dunno, the CTO seems to think that "The Soul Patch" still makes sense for a coupla really white guys.
Quick question: Is there any media reportage in either of the major area newspapers? Is anyone else writing about this?
I won't be able to listen much today. Please let us know what you hear.