The prior batch of comments contains some interesting reports on Fan filching of Ticket bits, some of them of long-standing and not even that frequently heard on the station any longer.
I thought of this when I was able to catch about an hour of The Hardline today. I heard Corby's new bit, Bad Follow-Up Question Guy. (I don't have that quite right -- it wasn't "Bad," was it? Someone here will remember. Yeah, maybe it was.) He was interviewing a Cowboy hopeful, a second-year guy, I think, whose name I did not catch. Corby was doing a legitimate interview, the guy was responsive and cooperative, but after every response, Corby would throw in a complete non-sequitur, sometimes a random remark, sometimes a question, would pause for a moment, and then would go on to a legitimate question. The guy eventually caught on and chuckled some at what he probably figured out was a bit.
I'm not a big fan of Ticket ambush interviews, but I gotta say that I laughed at this. Corby's non-sequiturs were masterful, and delivered with just the right offhanded lack of emphasis.
This made me think about the comments we had on RaGE swiping old Ticket bits.
Corby came up with a successful original bit. Why can't RaGE?
This got me thinking about whether Greggo or anyone on RaGE could even have performed that bit if it had been given to them. I don't think so. Oh, they could have tried it, but it would have fallen completely flat.
Why? Because of Corby's unique talent for manufactured sincerity. He gets his share and more of ballbusting by readers here, some of it accurate (although sometimes overheated, in Your Plainsman's view), but this is a true gift, and I don't intend this opinion as damning with faint praise. It's what makes him the best interviewer on The Ticket. Who else on Dallas sports radio could have drawn superstars like Shaq or impossible interviews like Parcells into some really great radio?
I hadn't intended this entry as a celebration of Corby, although I'm always glad to be positive about The Little One. My point started out to be that it isn't just bad decisionmaking that keeps The Fan down -- it's a major talent gap. I've said it, we've all said it in one way or another: In the words of an early commenter on this site, The Ticket is lightning in a bottle. Whether the assembly of the host lineups throughout the day was brilliant on the part of the station's founders and early managers or merely fortuitous, we should enjoy the hell out of it while we can.
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I'll try to catch The Train Station Fitness Show tomorrow to see if George Di addresses last week's much-remarked-on interaction with his somewhat addled guest.
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