It was a very interesting Ticket day, I thought.
Mrs. P is recovering from some surgery (she’s fine, thanks for asking) and we’re watching some March Mildness (although this Kansas-Michigan game is concluding in an interesting way). I’m in the old rocker and thought I’d give you a number of items to chew on.
A commenter to the last post chided me for not having “sources” that would have instantly alerted me to Alexis’s departure. I was going to respond that when one has no sources at all, my ignorance might be excused.
And later that day, I heard from someone.
I never know how to evaluate the stuff that (quite rarely and unexpectedly) comes my way. I kinda consider the content, figure out it makes sense in the context of other stuff we know or think we know. I decided this communicant probably had good information. He (?) was someone who has been listening to The Ticket for a long time, and also exhibited some inside knowledge. And in this case, his stuff was not incendiary, no apparent axes to grind.
Paring it down s/he said: The Campout was a Muser-only thing for several years before the whole station went. The Musers decided to invite the whole station and make it a Ticket event. It was never popular with some of the hosts, but they soldiered through. After last year’s campout, only three of the nine on-air hosts were interested in doing it this year. Thus, no more Campout, at least not this year and maybe never.
S/he also reported that the end of the Compound had nothing to do with Greggo’s departure. S/he did not identify any specific reason the Compound was shelved, but did suggest that the talent sometimes feels that some items get stale and resist improvement.
Thanks to the Source – tried to think of a funny name for this correspondent, but nothing comes to mind.
I will say, however, that in general this tends to support my fairly unremarkable thought that there is some extremely interesting stuff that goes on behind the scenes. Not all the hosts are on board with all of the stuff all the time. This isn’t a shocking conclusion, but it’s the kind of stuff that the P1 would love to know about. But, just as people beyond your employer don’t know the politics at your workplace, I don’t reckon we’ll ever get the story behind, for example, the demise of The Great Game. There were some ill feelings after the last one, as I recall, centering on Mike Bacsik’s team-switching. (Am I remembering correctly that that was the last one?) You know, it’s probably just as well we don’t know.
Trademarking Fun Ticket Phrases and Names
Confessors! How unseemly! You should receive your gratification entirely from the adoption of your descriptors by Confessors and others. (I ran into a guy the other day who told me that he was the author of the “Yuck Monkey” designation on The Ticket. I actually believed him.)
How Mike is Sounding
Faithful Confessor ausgang left a comment to the last post reporting that he thought he detected sadness in Mike’s voice, that he seemed a little depressed. Seemed to start 3-4- months ago. (ausgang stated that he had no knowledge of any issues in Mike’s life.)
Well. ausgang, I was startled by your comment because I noticed something in his voice at about the same time. I thought about writing about it, but decided I may have been hearing things, and, truth to tell, I only hear it once in awhile. (And not at all today, see below.)
But I had a different thought. I didn’t feel that what I heard reflected any attitudinal issues.
What I thought was that for the first time, I thought I heard age creeping into those incredible pipes. As I say, I don’t hear it often, but just once in awhile, I’ll hear a little crack, or a little breathiness, that I don’t recall hearing before. The man is what, 62? I mean, jeez, he comes by it honestly, and he’s not a young 62. And he’s a regular vocal performer with his bands, singing out of his range (my opinion). Not easy, and maybe what I’m hearing is just a little vocal weariness from a recent performance.
But yeah, ausgang, I noticed something, too.
Mike and Mark
I only heard bits and pieces of The Hardline today, but what I heard sounded pretty good. Mike was fully engaged, sounded great, and there was some sports talk on both their parts that indicated either preparation, or just plain sportsy knowledge. I think most of us would like to hear more of this Mike with Corby and Danny, not just when sports is on the table, but in segments across the board.
I wish I had heard more of their talk about the genesis of The Ticket, specifically Mark’s hiring by Mike.
(1) Corby won the E-Brake this morning for his show stop-down with a bad pun (that is, a pretty good pun). George took the opportunity to take on The Hardline, who had been sniping at The Musers for not selecting enough of THL gaffes for the Friday contest. George made some rather cutting comments about The Hardline, and concluded by recalling Corby’s suggestion that THL should do an internal blooper competition of its own. George rather pointedly invited THL to do exactly that. (I think that THL has won the last three E-Brakes.)
Of course, there is frequently some jabbing between the shows and it’s usually pretty-obviously good-natured. George’s remarks did not have that flavor. Anyone else thing George was just the tiniest bit hot under the collar?
(Attention UnTicket – that would be a nice clip to hear again.)
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As I said – an interesting Ticket day.
And now, I'm going to sit back and watch Perry Mason on Channel 24.