8:57 p.m. -- Random thoughts while waiting for Yu v. C.J. (My Fox Sports SW in HD is currently unavailable on Time-Wanker. Anyone else having that problem?)
I did not hear Mike's musings about starting another radio station. But I think that remarks like that are quite significant.
Now, for those who think -- not without some jusification -- that some on this site, and perhaps even Your reasonable Plainsman himself -- are being alarmist, let me say the following:
I DO NOT THINK MIKE IS ABOUT TO QUIT. I DO NOT THINK HE IS ASSEMBLING AN INVESTOR GROUP TO BUY ANOTHER STATION. I THINK HE WILL BE WITH THE TICKET FOR QUITE SOME TIME, MOST LIKELY UNTIL HE RETIRES FOR GOOD. IT'S NOT A SURE THING, BUT THE ODDS STRONGLY FAVOR IT.
It's not what he said, but that he said it, that is significant. This site and Confessors have speculated, I think with quite reasonably, that the CTO has come down hard on public trashing of Cumulus. Since then, we've heard two floutings of that rule: (1) The Hardline talking about fixing the remote trucks, and (2) Mike's musings on starting a new station -- a competitor to his employer.
I know he's the Old Grey Wolf, and thank God for it. But if we needed any further evidence that there are titanic struggles going on behind the scenes, this is it. Mike could not care less about Cumulus edicts.
Things may be calming down after Jake's suspension, but we haven't heard the last of host dissatisfaction with Cumulus's treatment of The Ticket.
Here's the deal: Radio is a tough, tough business. I studied up on it some years ago and decided not to get into it. It's tougher now. To make money in it, you have to watch your costs. I appreciate that. But when you have amazing talent who have single-handedly created a ratings juggernaut, you can't treat that channel like it was some generic pop-rock flop.
I am guessing that part of what is happening here is that the move to Victory has accelerated Cumulus's attempted assimilation of The Ticket into a corporate policy into which it does not fit. I am guessing that there is resentment of The Ticket's success and uniqueness among the traditional radio management types, and they're flexing their management muscles to bring our sports/guy-talk heroes into line. We'll show them how to succeed in radio!!
It's crap, of course, and Mike and the others know it, and they know that they're being big-timed by ignorant suits. They're still working out what they can do about it. Again, I hope our guys have strong agents and lawyers.
9:09 p.m. -- Tried to listen as much of the channel as possible today.
George DeJohn - TeeBox handoff: The topic was NYC Mayor Bloomberg's ban on large sweetened drinks, and George made reference to some policy that would make him "bang my head against the wall." Craig said something like "I'd like to see that" and chuckled, and I thought George might check out at that point, but he soldiered on. TeeBox sound -- there has got to be something that they do on that remote that they don't do on other remotes, because Rick's and Craig's voices simply sound dreadful. It's like someone loosened something in the mics. Sorry to rag on TeeBox audio on remotes, but there's something going on there that needs to be fixed. (Not related to Victory move -- it's been this way for quite some time.)
A couple of very snarky references to the Joe Morgan show. I didn't note where I heard them, but at least one of them was on Cirque. The JM shoe is indeed a massive punchout.
9:20 p.m. -- Laughed out loud several times during The Orphanage today. The bit on cruising Knox City in Danny's buddy's '57 Chevy Bel Air hardtop had me laughing out loud in the new Conestoga. (Yes, I traded the Jeep SRT8.)
9:54 p.m. -- I was in 104.1 territory this afternoon. It faded in and out from time to time.
10:25 p.m. -- Just checked my hits. Whoa, through the roof the past several days. Many thanks to everyone who has checked in. Thank You for Shopping at My Ticket Confession.