First, Mitchell, if you're out there, permit me to apologize for spelling your name incorrectly for quite some time now.
Second, a Confessor reports hearing on a BaDD podcast that Mitchell is transported from New York to Dallas to do his Tickers a half-day on weekends.
Third, this site has had some fun with the challenges that Tickers have presented to Mitchell. I didn't really feel good about that teasing, because I supposed that Mitchell was a radio tyro, some kid trying to make it, kid somehow got a tryout from The Ticket in the face of what I supposed were better audition clips with which, I also supposed, the Pan-American Catman had been deluged. So while he was clearly struggling with . . . copy . . . which I supposed he had composed . . . and seemed initially unaware that what he was delivering was a "Ticker," I was kinda rooting for improvement so the lad could get his start in a cool profession. Alas, as the Indispensable Brad C has memorialized, things have not gotten much better as of a week ago:
He has been savaged by The Hardline; but then, who hasn't? Bono, possibly, aside. Confessors have been similarly skeptical of his abilities.
Fourth, however, I was quite, quite wrong about where Mitchell came from.
This is Mitchell Karasik delivering his 2010 MLB preview:
Mitchell Karasik has not only been around for awhile, he has run what is apparently his own production of something called, variously, "LockerBlogger" and ":60". Always dressed smartly in a coat and tie, he has scored some pretty big interviews. Here's his Miles Austin interview at some kind of function from a couple of years ago when Miles was doing good:
Here is his interview with Orthodox Jewish Boxer Dmitri Salita, Part 1 (I have not been able to find Part 2):
Thus: Fifth, the PAC was almost certainly not pulling a resume out of a stack when he invited Mitchell to do some DFW Tickers -- he was enlisting a somewhat experienced talker, a guy with some credible sportsy media experience, even if it was his own medium. Unless, of course, the PAC had nothing to do with this and it was imposed upon him by some CTO. Although I have not been able to find any Internet evidence of any affiliation between Mitchell and Cumulus or CBS (with the exception of the somewhat tenuous speculation which I shamelessly offer way, way down at the bottom here). No, his affiliation appears to be solely with his own company LockerBlogger, described on his beta site (www.lockerblogger.com) as follows: "LockerBlogger is a Sports Social Media Company that Connects Athletes, Charities, Fans and Brands through Education and Philanthropy." (But where did he score that bank of screens and ritzy studio-looking background?)
At first I thought BaDD must have been pulling our leg about MK flying in to do these Tickers. But when I heard Brad C's recording from only a week ago (above), I realized that it must be true.
Sixth, what Someone Out There knows, is:
Here's a little extra tidbit to interest you: A Mitchell S. Karasik was married in Collin County in 2008. His parents live in the NYC metro. (Scroll down here to view record) No idea if it's the same one, but the Internet nuggets are suggestive. So maybe MK is looking for a way to spend more time in the metro for family reasons.
But let's return for a moment to his qualifications. Hey, I admire the guy for living the dream. He's got this sports-philanthropy-social-media thing going, and whatever that is, it does get him face time with jocks. (I didn't join the site, but I've seen other things leading me to believe that this "LockerBlogger" is affiliated with MK's videos of the same name.) How did he do that? ALERT: CRASS SPECULATION FOLLOWS: I'm wondering if Mitchell might have some independent wealth in his background. The father of the Mitchell Karasik married in Collin County in 2008 -- which, I stress, I cannot definitively link up with OUR Mitchell Karasik, but there don't seem to be a lot of them in the U.S. -- is Stephen Karasik. Stephen is an independent investment banker the New York City area. Perhaps he invested in our Mitchell. WARNING: SPECULATION GETS EVEN CRASSER BELOW.
In any event, he's got a long way to go to join the accomplished Tickerman fraternity -- all right, a long way measured in astronomical units, if not parsecs -- but he's not a complete schnook, you know? Those interviews are at least enthusiastic, and the fact is . . . he gets them. Maybe this kind of initiative appealed to the CTO somewhere along the line. So let's be fair -- they're trying. They're trying to get some guys with maybe some gee-whiz potential to affiliate with the station.
But I suspect Mitchell's path to Saturday mornings on KTCK is a lot more interesting than that. Someone's either going to pretend to know in the Confessions to this post and we'll all have to wonder if we're getting pranked, or someone is going to lay a tip on me that I will be duty bound to keep confidential. (It happens, rarely.) How did he come to do Tickers for a station he doesn't know, reporting on teams he's not familiar with, where he is required to speak the names of athletes he doesn't know how to pronounce? More intriguingly, why is he still doing it?
Well, my curious Confessors, here's another little tidbit for you: There is a Steve Karasik who is a multi-Emmy-winning Senior Coordinating Producer for -- dramatic pause -- CBS Sports. Looks like he is about Mitchell's age. His father is not Stephen Karasik, according to wedding announcements -- it's Robert Karasik from . . . Manhattan. I'm way, way off the reservation here, but I wonder if perhaps Robert and Stephen are brothers, and Mitchell and CBS Steve are cousins.
While this is, I must Confess, not Responsible Ticket Journalism, the possible connection of Mitchell to CBS Steve, and Mitchell's possible family connection to the DFW area, may go some way to explain why the guy is getting airtime on the greatness of The Ticket. Maybe that's also how he scores those snazzy production values for those studio interviews.
CBS -- again.
Inquiring Confessors want to know.
But you know something? Whether I'm on track with any of the foregoing, or galaxies off -- I wish Mitchell Karasik well, I really do. Even as a Tickerman -- maybe he'll study up and we'll get used to the somewhat exotic cadences he brings to his readings. After all, one of the qualities The Ticket brings to sports-talk radio is its willingness to showcase unconventional broadcast voices. So let's give the guy a chance. (To help expiate my guilt over teasing him at the outset, and in admiration of the initiative he's shown in his non-Ticker ventures.)
Let the Mitchell Karasik Watch continue.