This is too good not to highlight for Confessors. From an Anonymous commenter to the last post, I offer the following. Yes, it could be made up, I could be a sap. But it's not sensationalistic, it has the ring of truth. Best, it gives us a very helpful framework for considering both Greg's and Richie's account. Bosses change, and what was OK one day might not be OK the next.
Accounting for everyone's claimed shock at their sacking.
It basically tells a story of the inmates running the asylum, sponsors stopping by for a look-see, but those who stick around sometimes thinking they're more inside than they really are. Result: breakdown of professionalism and discipline. Sometimes no choice but to get out the brooms, which CBS eventually determined to do.
Here's the comment from Anonymous, who has my thanks:
Talked to a buddy of mine today who is in the industry. No he doesn't work for any of the sports stations. Nor does he work for Cumulus or CBS. But the insight and bits of scuttlebutt he gave me were interesting so I thought I'd pass them along.
Ratings and RaGE. Whitt has always maintained that it's advertising dollars that matter, not ratings. Well ratings don't matter as much as we think and so they're not the end all be all measure of success. Buddy says that's partly true but it's a bit misleading. The 2 go hand in hand. Without ratings sponsors will eventually look elsewhere. CBS is big enough to keep finding clients willing to give them a shot, but the bigger clients usually leave as soon as their contract is up. Most of RaGE's sponsors were on the nickel and dime plan and the few that remained for a long period of time ended up being friends of the show, which can and from what buddy says in a few cases did become problematic. Wanting special favors, access, deals, and stuff like that.
Also told that from what he's heard for months now, way before the firing went down, that this move had been in the works for a long time. Long before Whitt's Nov. 15th Greggo Armageddon that he writes about. Kinda like the ads, RaGE and the management before Spittle and the receptionists and everyone else had all gotten way too close. It was an unprofessional and unproductive work environment. Everyone was having way too good of a time, but in their own ways. Everything was OK'd and permitted by the 2 regimes prior to Spittle. The proverbial other way was looked on just about everything for every member involved. So when Whitt says his relationship and all the rest was approved by management he speaks the truth. But that was the problem. You can't have such a permissive work place and still think it's going to end well. When you have people like Williams and Whitt, guys who will take advantage of a situation, though one obviously in a much different and disturbing way than the other, and such an anything goes work environment the outcome won't be good and it wasn't. After re reading Whitt's last two blog posts and looking at the Twitter material it's very obvious that my buddy while maybe not in the direct know, does know enough to have the gist of the heart of the matter. Some of that Twitter material and some of the things said are the sorts of things that any properly or sanely run work place steers well clear of. Unless you want HR involved in a nanosecond.
Basically Spittle was brought in to clean up and clean house. That meant RaGE. Buddy says he's heard that there will be more changes but nothing mind blowing like The Ticket and The FAN merging or the whole thing going national. Spittle is most likely watching each show closely until around mid July and at that time see who if anyone needs to be replaced by new talent.
Thanks again, Anonymous. Although you neglected to pass along what your pal said about this site's and its readers' immense influence on the DFW sports/guy radio scene.
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CONFIDENTIAL TO RICHIE WHITT: Richie, I'm sure you're too busy to visit some of your favorite websites, but in case you swing by here: You have got, got, got to get rid of the charcoal background to your comment section with its black typeface. Or get rid of the black typeface and go to white. Why make your readers any more sour towards you than some of them, at least, are already inclined to be?
Let me know if you need a consult on cultivating a highbrow online community of readers.