Thursday, February 14, 2013
QUICK HITS: Heading to Ticketstock
A few topics as I load up the Conestoga and hang the "IRVING OR BUST" banner on it:
(1) For your convenience, a couple of great links from Confessors on the last comment thread:
An interview with Cumulus ultimate CTO Lew Dickey: Lew Dickey Interview I haven't listened to this yet but I'm going to and will have some further thoughts.
Real nice article about some of our favorite JV (they're all our favorite!), with pics!: JV Article
(2) I don't have a problem with Scot and Matt lifting bits from The Ticket. Show biz has always been about stealing bits. So has business. So has how we dress, the phrases we use, and everything else. I am doubtful that the CTO has imposed a "do stuff like The Ticket" regime on our lads, but if they had it would hardly be an irrational strategy. I do hope they find some creative variations -- "Community Tidbits" as a title is a little, um, weak. (Maybe in Alabam you'd be better off with "Community Tide-Bits.")
As for Mike R's attitude: The Confessor may be right that Mike is contemptuous of people who appropriate his mannerisms or lift bits from The 'Line or The Ticket. I don't know. And in general it is not a good thing to upset Mike. But is it not very clear that he has very little influence at The Ticket these days? He may be able to do what he wants, and thank Jah for that, but I doubt whether the CTO takes his disposition into account when making decisions on programming, personnel, scheduling -- anything. I'm thinking Rich Phillips has more influence at The Ticket than Mike does. You may think that is a good thing or a bad thing, but it's the thing.
(3) Speaking of which: On The Hardline yesterday reference was made to The Machine, Kevin Turner, and other JV, and Corby jubilated that this was the best possible time to be at The Ticket, or words to that effect (the context was one of general approval of these guys). Mike replied that "things have never been worse around here" and "this is the worst it's ever been" (or WTTE), which I took as more of an overall Ticket comment and not necessarily directed at the JV (although he took a direct shot at KT). What was interesting about this is that he repeated these phrases in one form or another at least a half-dozen times or so, but Corby and Danny seemed always to be talking over him. He continued to repeat the phrase(s) as though he were hopeful of stimulating some reaction to his growling judgment that things were bad at The Little One. But either because they weren't paying attention, or didn't want to get into it on the air, Corby and Danny did not respond in any way to Mike's repeated condemnation of the way things are "around here." Anyone hear that and have an impression?
(4) I really liked the article on the JV guys, but it depressed me a little since it contained more information on these fine chaps than you would get out of reading a year of this site. I know, this is a commentary site and not a newsy site, different goals, reaction rather than reporting, but still made me feel pretty unnecessary. So I'm going to go off and sulk for a bit.
See you at Ticketstock.