So, is something afoot involving The Ticket, or isn't there?
Well, nothing happened yesterday, to my knowledge.
I would be tempted to say "sorry, irresponsible blogmeister reliance on anonymous sources here, my bad," and move on.
Except that Richie Whitt also thinks something big involving The Ticket is in the works, something he thinks he can keep the lid on until after the weekend. Something that will "change the landscape" of DFW radio as we've known it for "three decades." Yeah, yeah, I know, it's Richie, but Richie is dialed in. I don't think he'd stick his neck out unless he had something, or thought he did.
And except that yesterday's Summa Bash was really, really weird. Odd hostly behaviors, unexplained references, awkward silences, Dan sentimentality, all wrapped around a catastrophic Scott Ferrall monopolization of at least two segments.
And a peculiar reaction to a Jer drop -- I heard the Musers beating feet away from the drop, but didn't hear the drop. I gather it was Mike R-flavored.
So we continue to speculate. To sum up, not in order of likelihood:
(1) Signal change, or signal swap.
(2) CBS/Cumulus merger or acquisition.
(3) Mark Cuban involvement somehow, perhaps a purchase of Cumulus. (Lack of movement of Cumulus share price yesterday suggests no rumblings in the financial community that would indicate either (2) or (3), so they're kinda off the list.)
(4) Retirement of Mike Rhyner or Norm Hitzges.
(5) (4), accompanied by BaD taking over PM drive. (No PM commuters reported to have jumped off the High 5, so it's kinda off the list. [Just kidding, BaD.])
(6) BaD's demise resulting from Bob's going off to do something else or Dan leaving, or something.
(7) The return of The Hammer, or reconciliation with Mike.
(8) Richie Whitt's affiliation with The Ticket.
(9) Syndication of some of all of The Ticket.
(10) The whole damned station is gay. OK, I made that one up.
(11) 60% of the station is gay.
In evaluating these possibilities, I tend to throw out (2) and (3) for the reasons stated, and (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), and (11) as not sufficiently seismic. Mike's retirement (or departure) would certainly be a landmark of DFW radio, whether or not accompanied by BaD's ascension to drive, as would moving The Ticket to a legacy signal (displacing its no-doubt longtime occupant). Mikeish news would also tend to explain the cockeyed vibe surrounding Summa Bash.
But I keep coming back to Gypo Nolan's advice to "face Morton's Fork" and trying to puzzle out what it means. (Confessors have started to turn on the estimable Gypo for his failure to be more forthcoming and for his obscurantism in this case. I'm still intrigued, although I'm not sure what is says about me that I'm willing to give a guy named "Gypo" the benefit of the doubt.) Earlier on, Gypo advised that something was either going to happen yesterday, or not happen at all, which, of course, is tautological -- he can't be wrong. But maybe what he meant by "facing Morton's Fork" was to hark back to that tautology -- something big was going to happen yesterday, but the fact that it didn't means that it isn't -- at least not in the form or at the time Gypo expected it to.
In which case, we've all had a real good time, and this site has gained some new readers on a pretty flimsy pretext.
|The least I can do for my readers is to provide an image of|
former Ticket Traffic Twist Alexis Smith -- HEY, MAYBE
SHE'S COMING BACK! Now that would change a
landscape or two around here.
The speculation may continue, and if anything comes my way that I'm able to share, I'll let you know.
Y'all do the same.
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