8:14 a.m. -- Listening to The Hardline yesterday,
and how sad and defeated Mike sounded, I did wonder, along with a commentor from late yesterday, whether he might be thinking about hanging it up. He signed a new contract late last year, but of all the hosts, he is probably the most financially able to quit The Ticket. He lives pretty frugally, he probably banked a fairish amount from the original sale of The Ticket way back when, and he has probably cashed in pretty well on his last several contracts, if not the earlier ones.
In addition, the symbolic effect of his departure would be enormous
. It is the one act I can think of, other than a sponsor boycott (which ain't gonna happen as long as the ratings remain strong and no host slanders an influential special interest group), that might actually shake up Cumulus management. More on this at a later date.
8:35 a.m. -- What's the latest on the Dr. Sanjay Gupta infestation?
8:35 a.m. -- While we're ragging on behind-the-scenes stuff, what accounts for the continuing confusion on some of the live spots? (Actually, it's entertaining, I'm not sure I want the confusion to stop, but if I were a paying sponsor I might be concerned.) The latest victim was this morning's "Belle Vida" (sp?? I have no idea what George and Gordon were trying to say; on the Philco, I first heard it as "Velveeta") spot.
8:40 a.m. -- Are things as bad at The Ticket as we are making out? They are pretty bad, we know this from the high-risk on-air and Twitter stuff that has gone out lately, but let's be fair: The station is broadcasting. The shows are still better than the competition.
But here's a question I have been pondering: Is this site making it worse, providing, for better or worse, a place for the P1 to gather and gripe? I guess there's the Radio-Info board and grubesismyleader, so maybe not. And I guess there's a public-service aspect with information swapping on stream issues.
So I have decided not to be too hard on myself.
By the way -- what's the latest on the stream?
8:50 a.m. -- Had an awful thought. What if DP and AP and The UnTicket's vast staff can't solve the recording problem caused by IHeart?