Sunday, April 1, 2012

Almost Back

I'm still tied up like crazy but should be back in a couple of days.  In the meantime, I've got a few minutes here tonight so will toss off a couple.

(1) My appreciation of Michael Gruber will be appearing as soon as I can write it.



(2) Cannot believe I missed what from all reviews were very well-received wife swaps.  I wonder if someone an tell me:

     -- Confessors reported on Gordon and Geoge as plus-ones on The Hardline.   Did HL personnel appear on The Musers?  Any other swaps?

     -- Was there any reported reason for the swaps?  Was Corby away?  Travel plans require the swaps?

(3)  Re:  Vulgarity.  I hope I have been clear about my position on this.  Let me repeat it:  The Hardline is not too vulgar for me.  I don't recall ever punching out because I was offended by any of the orifice and related humor.  My point in the past has been simply that The Hardline is, by terrestrial radio standards, pretty blue, and that the talent on that showgram is better than that, and the presentation would be better without it.  And that the vulgarity is a big reason that a lot of non-listeners are non-listeners.  Pretty obviously, The Hardline's tone hasn't hurt it one point in the ratings, so I wouldn't expect they would change a thing. 

(4)  As to whether this site comes to any host's attention:  I agree with the commenter who said that they probably cruise by once in awhile, but I'm guessing that every host and Jeff Catlin get more emails every day than this site gets hits.  They've probably had complaints about content for years.  And I suspect they're a whole lot more interested in y'all than they are in me.

(5) The question of Michael's replacement is a verrrry interesting one.   There's a lot of talent among the JV, but I believe only a few are highly experienced board operators.  I had a candidate in mind, but I don't think I've ever heard that he twiddles and tweaks, so I'll probably stash that idea.  So who knows -- we may never have heard of the next BO.  Whoever it is, I'm already feeling sorry for him -- or her.

Think about it.

Hope to be back with some actual content in the next few days.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

George, Dan, and Gordon double dipped. Technically it wasn't a wife-swap. Corby was in California for a wedding.

East Texas P1 said...

Corby was at Pebble Beach for the wedding of his wife's nephew. Lot's of references, quick hits and segments devoted to Corby's activities.

Expect many segments devoted to Corby's experiences and how the course was when he played.

Re (3) "any of the orifice and related humor." I punch out not because of the vulgarity but when it just isn't funny and the hosts (especially Corby) can't stop laughing (remember the dog rant?).

Anonymous said...

As to the hosts stopping by here: I work from home, so I have the good fortune of being able to listen to the station all day, every day. It seems to me that certain hosts are very much aware of nearly everything that is said about them in cyberspace. Rhyner and Gordon seem especially aware of what is said about themselves and the station as a whole. I make this claim because I visit sites like this one quite often, and I see first hand what is being said. If some 'meme' is spread enough, or if someone says something that seems to either hit too close to home or strikes the right/wrong nerve, said hosts almost always make some sort of (usually defensive/passive-aggressive) reference to it. This has happened far far too many time for it to be mere coincidence.

Josh's broken groin said...

When the Harline started up Friday afternoon..Gordo was doing some fake Greggo and said that they were going to call their show RAGE..Rhynes and Gordo extravaganza..I'm still laughing.

The Plainsman said...

The Hardline's discussion today of the three plus-one days last week was fascinating. Especially illuminating was the love Mike tossed Dan McDowell's way. I forget who it was, I think Corby, who said that Dan was "the worst host . . . that I like the most." (I think it was intended as a compliment that should be considered in context: The remark was made on the heels of someone describing George as the best host on the station.) It may have been Corby who said "the worst host" and Danny who said "who I like the best." Just don't remember.

I don't recall any Confessors commenting on that day. Can I get a witness?

CanNOT believe I was nowhere near the channel when all this coolness was going on.

Anonymous said...

Danny went over the fill in host thing on The Orphanage Saturday. It was a wonderful segment and it was great to hear Danny be so candid and honest and even thankful.

Gypo Nolan said...

Done deal. It's Jake.

BootRallyAnotherFifthOfSoCo said...

Gypo: Your credibility is on the line here. Hope you're right.

Anon: I didn't get to listen to last week's Orphanage. Can you speak more to what Danny said? I for one would appreciate ya pal for doing so.

The RaGE hilarity that Josh's broken speaks of makes the point of the Anon who thinks Rhynes and Gordo are well aware of what is said and what goes on around the dial and the interwebz.

Anonymous said...

Gypo, why would Jake leave a hosting job for a board op position? I'm not questioning you because you've certainly been correct before but isn't that a backwards career move?

Shaggy said...

Couldn't Jake Board-Op from 12-7 and still host the Top 10 from 7-9?

Shaggy said...

Couldn't Jake Board-Op from 12-7 and still host the Top 10 from 7-9?

birq said...

Plainsman, I heard the Dan exchange and I think it was Danny that said both parts and Corby agreed with a chuckle that sounded like he himself was surprised by the fact. It was pretty amusing.

KT said...

@Shaggy...definitely not. A lot goes into the Top 10, like voicing cuts and editing the segments, along with writing your script. It's a full-time job, 2-10PM

Shaggy said...

You mean Jake doesn't show up at 7 with everything magically ready to go?

Okay I'm dumb.

The Plainsman said...

Gypo has indeed been a reliable friend of this site, and Jake seems like the leading candidate to me, out of the twiddle/tweak crowd. Actually, I think Jeremy might actually fit in pretty well there, but Jake has some history with the Hardline.

And indeed, the first question that occurred to me is who might take over the Top Ten. I suppose TC is the front-runner there, although I would nominate Krenek as a dark horse for that gig.

Like Rick Santorum says, only the votes at the convention matter.

ap said...

Krenek is employed on evening Ranger home games (or at least he was last year), so I'm not sure he'd be able to do Grubes's gig.

Anonymous said...

The Tim Tebow bit this morning was a give up. You've already done the Generic Youth Minister, Gordo. After almost 4 years as president, you still don't have an Obama imitation. Why not? I thought you were an equal opportunity mimic and humorist. Maybe not...

ScottsMerkin said...

And Dan knocks it out of the park with his grubes going away song. This is where Dan truly shines bright, i love his songs

BootRallyAnotherFifthOfSoCo said...

Dan McDowell: Master Sports Humorist.

T4 In Rockwall said...

A little off topic here, but I love that Ortho ant commercial with the maniacally afflicted people in the background talking to themselves. I don't mind listening to that one.

Anonymous said...

I hate to say this, but I'm now ready for Shoopy to leave. Not because I want him to. I don't. But because I'm already tired of the non-stop 'goodbye Shoopy' theme. Even the Stars postgame show last night dedicated its airing to Shoopy. He's a board-op genius, for sure. However, the station will go on. The ratings are not going to suddenly take a dive, much less a teeny tiny deep. Farewell, Shoopy Shoop. I'll miss ya, man. And since I know you'll be given at least two more segments to shine today, why don't you do farewell, scorched-earth, George Dejohn and Norm drop montages. Ones that will stand for the ages.

ap said...

I don't think Shoopy wanted his farewell tour to last this long, FWIW.

Two weeks ago, when the stream went down *again*, I decided on a lark to see if the ticket had any openings posted to replace the guy in charge of these SNAFU's. To my surprise, I saw a posting for Grubes's job. I hoped it was an April fools gag, but Shoopy announced his resignation on that same day.

I think Cumulus may have been required to advertise the job publicly two weeks ahead of time, so Grubes's hand was forced as soon as that posting went public. I'm curious to see what his original plan would have been to announce his new path to the P1's: one-week notice, a few days, or just an abrupt ending at the end of today's Hardline.

blergoyen said...

Does anyone know if today is the last Steve Ott/Stars segment until next season?

Anonymous said...

I would imagine today was Ott's last show. Dan said as much during the first segment.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that Jake took over when Grubes left early today? Is that a sign of things to come or was that just the easiest thing to do?

Shaggy said...

They said on Friday that "their boy Jake Z, who we welcome with open arms... He's got some huge shoes to fill..." or something to that effect. So yeah, Jake is taking over.