Happy Birthday, Machine.
Laugh: Mike (I think) discussing his early grilling attempts, and referring to the instrument used to pick up meat from the grill (in this case, trying to keep something from falling through the grate) as "tweezers."
Laugh: A Sirois (again, I think Mike) referring to the Indy 500 trophy as "frozen face nipples." (Could become as Ticket-legendary as "Green Tail Shiner.")
I may have missed this guy in the past, but where has John Fahey been? Perfect Tickers. Is he a Cumulus guy sitting in? A long-time fill-in guy who has just escaped my notice? Great cadence, and a Ticket-ready voice with a smile in it.
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LATER IN THE DAY:
Liking That Shake Joint Thang a lot. I only got to hear maybe an hour of it off and on, but what I heard was strong on substance with a good balance of humor, quirks, and general personality. Strong offering.
An early commenter below talks about David and David (Newbury and Moore) "failing," but I think The Boomtown is always a first-rate show. Especially for those who gripe about the lack of actual sports on The Ticket. (Not me, but you're out there). I have no idea what the Confessor was talking about.
So tell me, good Confessors: Let's say The Ticket hosts all disappeared tomorrow and you had to hear today's lineup every day. Would you listen to The Ticket or would you spend a whole lot more time with ESPN and The Fan? For me, no question: Today's shows were all better than anything I pretty much ever hear elsewhere. Now having to do one show with time to prepare may not give us a good indicator of how these guys would all do on a day-to-day basis, but we've heard enough of all of them over the course of the last few years to know that they're very consistent performers.
(Maybe the more exotic hypothetical would be: What if a rival spirited away today's shows and lined them all up against Musers/Norm/BaD/Hardline? Have you thought about it?)
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Guessing Ticket salaries is a fool's errand, so my qualifications are impeccable. Re Danny: Pretty sure his base dollars are pretty close to where he claims. Low-mid five figures. The only question I would have is whether he gets some small extra duty pay for The Orphanage. Glad to see the chap getting some endorsement dollars, local merchants banking on his legendary sincerity.
* * *Everyone: Remember, remember.