On Friday, Dan McDowell made a passing reference to "my Ticket confession" -- not referring to the site, but to a confession he was going to make. I don't know what it was, I just missed the reference. I refer you to the comments to the prior post.
This generated discussion among the commenters as to whether people at The Ticket read the site. Some interesting speculations, including a fairly authoritative survey by our friend AP, who I think has it sussed out about right.
Here's what I think:
First, AP's on the money about the JV and board ops. Krenek dropped a comment here one time that the reason my hits went through the roof on White Elephant Day was that that population was checking the comments frequently to see if anyone had written anything about them.
As for the hosts:
I think some check in with some regularity, and some just take the occasional swim through, as Mike R might say. I have VERY rarely received an email from a host commenting on a story, sometimes with a correction (never with any supersecret inside station stuff), and almost always with a compliment to the site, and sometimes with a remark that we're on the button here much more than we know, and inviting me to keep up the good work. Always nice to hear that.
But the most interesting remark came from a JV who dropped me a line about something -- this was quite some time ago -- who said that he'd see the site up on people's laptops around the station and making the point that the hosts have egos and they love to see themselves written about, so yeah, they check out the site.
But, as some of you have said, I don't think they ascribe great importance to what is written here. With their ratings, can you blame them? I'm sure they're amused at some of the wrong guesses and perhaps intrigued by some of the right ones. And interested in what listeners like and don't like.
I also think station hits to this site have gone up hugely since Tech Gate, since this site is saying publicly what they can't say (anymore). I'm imagining (only imagining) that the on-air guys appreciate it that there's a place where real listeners stretch out and report in detail the deficiencies in the listening experience both before and since the move to Victory. And say bad things about the CTO that they also can't now say.
I also think they drop by from time to time because of the way this site is pitched. When I got it rolling, my thought was -- look, I love the damned Little One, I'm not going to run a site that gripes and complains all the time. I try to keep a positive balance, and to keep it fair, or, when it's not, at least to admit when I just have a subjective dislike of something or other. I'm delighted to say that most of the Confessors who join us here have picked up on that and also try to look at the station objecitvely. Man, we have some amazing writers and thinkers who take the time to offer very thoughtful comments. So when hosts come here, they know they're going to see commentary from me and others that attempts to see things clearly and comment with fairness and a civil tone, and, importantly, not ignoring what's great about The Ticket.
And, of course, there is the rare on-air reference. I missed Dan's only by a minute -- I was in the car but stepped out just a moment before. You know, that may be the only time that the phrase "my Ticket confession" has been uttered on the air. The TeeBox has mentioned us a couple of times, but didn't say the name of the site. I think P1 Steven -- what the heck happened to him, anyway? -- did a shout-out once when BaD was rolling screenless.
Let's not forget It's Just Banter, where this (unnamed) site is occasionally slagged by T.C.
Also, I fancy that some of our commentary shows up in other ways. I'll give you two examples: (1) After this site made fun of the All-Pro Foundation ad in which all of the hosts said they used All-Pro Foundation Repair (http://myticketconfession.blogspot.com/2010/10/never-never-no-never-no-no-never-and-i.html), future ads say that they all ENDORSE All-Pro. (2) I regularly bashed Gordon for his George-gay-and-minority-baiting, opining that it was tired, unfunny, and routinely stopped down the show. (Example: http://myticketconfession.blogspot.com/2010/06/confidential-memorandum-to-commander.html) Well, it has almost completely stopped, much to the improvement of the showgram of Those Who Muse So Gently. Could be my imagination.
CTO: Jeff Catlin used to read the site and pretty sure he still does. He's emailed a couple of times with corrections, and has been unfailingly nice.
Overall, I suspect that at a bare minimum CTO and hosts will open the site if someone has emailed it to them because it has something of interest to the recipient.
As far as anonymous commenters go: Yes, I think there are a couple of station guys who post here from time to time. I think sometimes Confessors think they're the same troll who pops up here from time to time, but I think some of it is legit. (I also think Richie Whitt posted back when we were having a close look at RaGE.) Some of the people claiming to be insiders are, I think, and some may be friends of insiders. (Gypo Nolan, for example.) And some are frauds. No matter, even frauds are welcome if they have a respectful take.
The one thing that surprises me a little is that no other Ticket fan sites or blogs have popped up. I think it's maybe because people who like to write are already posting here, and of course The UnTicket hosts comments as well. And there's GrubesIsMyLeader. So maybe we've got the market covered.
In sum: This site does have some fans at The Ticket, and some curiosity seekers. It's part of the fun of The Ticket. MTC is not an influential joint, but it has turned into a nice little community of P1's. Thanks to you all for Shopping at My Ticket Confession.