Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The White Elephant Approacheth

I'm going to make a real effort to keep the radio on all day tomorrow.  I've missed too much cool stuff over the years.

However, that does not relieve a single one of you from listening carefully and giving us reviews and updates of your favorite and/or cringe-inducing performances.

This morning, Craig mentioned that some P1's take the day off to listen to White Elephant Day.  Is this correct and are any of you among those lucky ones?


98 comments:

Anonymous said...

White Elephant Day at The Ticket is certainly an entertaining event, but taking a day off from work to listen sounds a little bit over-the-top. Not saying folks don't do it, nor that Craig is making it up, just strikes me the same way the Morning News had the photo of the lady that was crying with happiness as she ate an In-and-Out burger after spending the night on the sidewalk of the store awaiting it to open. I love the Ticket and all, but Jeez Louise, I love my precious vacation days just a tad better.

livinginreality said...

I have a friend who tries to take off White Elephant Day each year so he can listen all day. Some years he can work it in and some years not. But I can vouch for the fact that he does it. But keep in mind - this friend will also set his alarm for 5:30 if he happens to be off on a regular work day so he can listen to the Musers and the Great Gordo. I'm loyal, but not that loyal!

Shaggy said...

With the Unticket archives, this is all totally unnecessary.

livinginreality said...

"Good point" (In my best Greggo voice).

East Texas P1 said...

Little Shoopy is now also an award-winning journalist. Pretty good article, IMO.

http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/12/a_short_ode_to_kitten_face.php#more

Grubes, keep up the good work

Anonymous said...

Award winning journalism? Hardly.

I am tired of Grubes. He's become stoppy-go-away.

runitandrunitandrunitandrunitandrunit said...

A "stoppy-go-away"? If you're going insult the man, at least get your insult right.

Grubes is greatness. Long live Grubes.

Anonymous said...

Some of us are lucky enough to be able to listen all day long while working and as such can save the vacation day yet tune in for all the White Elephant fun.

P1 N

Grubes said...

901 - http://static.someecards.com/someecards/usercards/1303958337875_498413.png

The Plainsman said...

WED off to a great start with Sean reprising "Tickers of Christmas Past," although not necessarily Christmas Tickers. I don't know how this survived the Great Victory Move Archive Wipeou, but his first at 5:30 was a tragically hilarious 1999 Ticker entrusted to Psycho Dave. All I'll say is that it ocncluded with the traffic chick threatening to spank him.

And we're off!

The Plainsman said...

CORRECTION: Make that "Ghosts of Tickers Past." Regret the error, SB.

The Plainsman said...

By the way, Confessors: WED is a big traffic day here at MTC. I have seen speculation that station employees check in during the day to see what the Confessor is thinking, don't know if that's the case or not.

But in any event, please report early, often, and with a sense of heightened responsibility.

-- Your Plainsman

Anonymous Ron said...

The 967 (no point) signal was a little scratchy in my car this morning.

Anonymous Ron said...

Did anybody follow this board?

http://radiodiscussions.com/

Well, it's been shut down.

East Texas P1 said...

Anon Ron -

All I got on 96.7 on my in drive in was Mexican Dracula until I got past Royse City on I-30. 1310 was scratchy from Greenville on in to work.

Wonder what happened to the radiodiscussions board. They did a format change not long ago. Maybe this is a temporary thing due to the new format.

RW has teased an in-depth discussion of the current radio ratings. I looked the other day and 1310 was below ESPN and Fan but if you add the 96.7 back to the numbers then The Ticket is back on top. Is this the right was to look at this?

DoktorStrangelove said...

Oh, no, Norm as the Ticket Mouse . . .

East Texas P1 said...

Well, I don't guess I will ever know what Richie Whitt wants to say about The Ticket. I clicked on it just now to see if he had posted the radio ratings discussion.

Lo and behold, he has now put a pay wall around his blog. For the low price of $4.95 per month (or as he describes it, 25 cents per day, less than the cost of glue stick) you can read his stuff.

(In my best Forrest Gump voice) "Nah, I don't think so."

The Plainsman said...

I am not tired of Grubes. This site continues to strongly endorse Michael in all his endeavors, even those arguably competitive with The Ticket.

"Nimbly bimbly." Love it.

And his classy rejoinder to 901.

96 7 clear and strong and Tickety all morning in my worldline.

Big Jim Jack said...

Whitt sometimes had some decent information on his site. However, very little, if any, was earth shattering or breaking.

If you look at his twitter, a lot of stuff was on there & the web site as well.

His writing certainly is not worth $4.95 per month when there is a whole truckload of stuff for free out there.

I guess we will see how many true fans he has. My guess is not many.

Anonymous said...

High maintenance girlfriends are a b*tch (so to speak).

Shaggy said...

That is pure insanity.

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Jonaessa said...

I already love Donovan's tickers. The way he speaks with such enthusiasm and authority on each subject (even after claiming he has no idea what he is talking about) is highly entertaining.

I am really looking forward to Ty and Danny mixin' it up. Maybe we'll hear more, "Shut up, Ty!" One of my favorite drops ever.

And I never tire of Grubes, either. That moth joke never gets old, even after reading it forty-seven times on Twitter.

Half-Cat said...

Great radio with Ty and Danny at the helm. I would take them over BADD or THL any day.

Half-Cat said...

I take that last post back......too much over the top Donovan. If he takes it down a few notches it would be better.

(powerdown drop)

birq said...

It's been scientifically proven it's impossible to get tired of Grubes. Studies have shown, and the FDA has approved it.

Norm as the Ticket Mouse was more tense than 1920s Reporter Guy. It turned out better than I thought it was going to, but I thought it was going to be an epic disaster.

The Plainsman said...

I'm liking it too.

Donovan -- when he throws out performances like these it makes me think he's underutilized at The Ticket.

runitandrunitandrunitandrunitandrunit said...

I'm loving WED. So far, greatness. Even Norm came through with The Ticket Mouse. His "mistaking" Rich for Junes and saying that he's really let himself go was genuinely funny. Danny, Ty, and Donnie are thus far rocking out with their badselves. Looking forward to the rest of the day.

Shaggy is right that with the unTicket and whatnot, taking the day off or whatever is now unnecessary. But that doesn't mean it's any more convenient or even preferred. Like someone else said, you might prefer to listen to it live, rather than at another time. Or, like me, you might prefer to consume your radio live. If bits is your only game, then, yes, listening live is totally unnecessary. But if current analysis of sports and current events is more your bag, then listening live is probably more important to you--specially in our age of immediacy and the dissemination of data.

I, too, am a radio-info discussion board reader. I, too, was surprised to see this morning that it is no longer. I wonder if this has something to do with the frequent assault it receives from hackers/malware? Any regular reader knows that at least once per month the site is disabled due to some sort of malware issue. I think that's why it was recently redesigned. Even then, the issues still occurred. Too bad. It was a great place to get some insider perspective on the DFW radio scene.

RW's paywall seems to me to be ill-conceived. Firstly, his content, past his mentioning of Greggo, is mostly uninteresting, often poorly thought out, almost never original or thought-provoking, and far too often self-serving. While he has provided a few local radio/tv nuggets of gossip and/or "heads ups," in the main it's a blog by RW, about RW. Sorry, but he's not interesting. On any level. Unless you find watching a midlife crisis being played out for public consumption to be entertaining. What is more, does RW not know that the paywall concept has for the most part been a flop? Even the NY-Times and the DMN have revamped their paywall concept. Now all stories are accessible. Only paywall subscribers have access to interactive features and video that are attached to the stories. Which means, of course, that there is a lot more work being put into these added features that the publication deems to warrant additional payment by the consumer. It also means that additional are employees are required, which in turn means a larger payroll. None of this applies to RW. And finally, RW gave no warnings that this would occur. It just happened. That's discourteous. Moreover, it's disrespectful to his readers. Then again, class and good form do not appear to be RW's forte.

Grubes...don't go changing, pal. Love ya.

Shaggy said...

some additional info on the radiodiscussions shutdown--looks like it's permanent.

http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/6167-radiodiscussions-com-message-boards-shut-down

runitandrunitandrunitandrunitandrunit said...

Thanks for the link, Shaggy. That's a shame.

Pman: Is it possible to add an after-publishing editing feature to the comments? Some sites do have one. It might help those, like myself, who make lots of typos and syntactical errors. Even if you check your comment thrice prior to posting it, it always seems that once you see it in its published form, there's 100 glaring missteps and whatnot. Also, those who are prone to harshness MIGHT decide to soften their tone once they've seen their handiwork in the flesh, so to speak.

The Plainsman said...

runit, Blogger does not support that function.

When I find a screwup that I just have to correct, I block-copy the offending comment, delete it, and post a new comment with corrections.

This limited functionality at least has the benefit of not permitting substantive changes in comments that have already been commented on by later Confessors. Permitting changes in the original comment might render the thread confusing in some cases.

Sorry.

runitandrunitandrunitandrunitandrunit said...

Understood. If Blogger doesn't support it, then there you go. For the record, the post-publish editing comboxes I have come across only allow for a 2-5 minute block of editing time; once elapsed, the comment is published as-is, permanently.

Can't wait for Bob and Corbles. I think we're about to get the Corby we'd love to have on a regular basis.

Anonymous Ron said...

If White Elephant Day weren't enough, Doocy and Hansen will be on Intentional Grounding tonight.

Anonymous said...

IG ought to be kick a tonight! Donnie is impressing the s out of me today.

Dug Ty and D&D. I forgot the greatness of porn bdays. Stars Wars talk was aces. Ditto Rangers talk.

One bitch. I have no probs with the pairings. Other than Ty and D&D it's more like a plus 1 day than a true white elephant. George with a diff host in the am. Bob the same middays. Mike the same pm.

Prepping for my leader's arrival. Great Gordo, I'm expecting your a game today brutha.

Anonymous said...

Well, Bob pretty much just told DFW that RW is a hack whom no one in the media pays attention to. No surprise there.

East Texas P1 said...

Anon 1:32 - I was on a conference call. Can you add some details to what Bob said?

Anonymous said...

I missed Bob's comment about RW as well. Can someone please report what was said?

James said...

what the heck is RW?

Jonaessa said...

RW=Richie Whitt

I missed the details on the Twitter feud because, surprisingly, iheartradio is not that reliable. Hope unTicket lets us know when that audio is available.

I'm not looking forward to Dan tickers because he usually puts little to no effort in them.

I've come to the conclusion that Junior may be the Heather Locklear of radio. Just as you can put her on any show and improve the ratings, so can you put Junior on any show and he fits right in, as well as balances its chemistry.

Anonymous said...

Sex Talk Mike alternately bores and repulses me. I wish he'd stop it, for good. Bob was referring to RW's "scoop" last year that Dez Bryant was out for the season. Everyone in the biz knew it wasn't true. Yet RW refused to back off. Much like he does with everything. Professionalism, class, etc. aren't really his strong points, so it seems. The gist of it was that RW isn't a trusted media member.

Anonymous said...

Still waiting for Rhyner to say something, anything, of substance. Junes and Gordo are killing it. Dan's Tickers are not funny. Embarrassing is a more apt description.

Anonymous said...

@Jonaessa,

Agree with your comment about Junior. He really meshes well with everyone. He has always been my favorite host on the station and I will greatly miss him when he moves on one day.

I hate to be a dick, b/c I am sure he is a real nice guy, but I can't stand listening to Fernando talk! His voice is painful and I just don't care to hear him chime in about anything. I felt like he did it more than ever today. It ruined the great chemistry of Bob and Corby for me.

All in all, a good white elephant day, but nothing spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Geez a whiz 603. Fernando was on air in total all of about 3 minutes. I hardly think he ruined the chemistry between Bob and Corby.

Shaggy said...

Bob was not referring to richie whitt. He was talking about Ian Rapoport

Anonymous said...

No, Shaggy. You are wrong. He began the segment by discussing RW, setting the stage for the Rapoport Twitter war. And in doing so, he made his feelings (and with not so veiled innuendo, the media at large's) about RW quite obvious. Go back and listen.

Anonymous said...

I might be right about Bob and RW, but "the media at large's"???? I MEANT "the media's at large."

The Plainsman said...

Did the PM Drive mix-em-up meet expectations? Much was expected of the Mike-Gordon-Craig-Dan lineup.

Gordon very noticeably unwell, which was a shame.

Unfortunately, I was called away from the channel unexpectedly and heard less of that show than the others, all of which I enjoyed. I probably heard an hour of it in bits and pieces.

Thanks to everyone for chiming in, and please continue.

The Plainsman said...

Shaggy's link on the demise of the Radio Discussions message boards is quite interesting. Here it is again:

http://chicagoradioandmedia.com/news/6167-radiodiscussions-com-message-boards-shut-down

Or maybe only interesting to guys like me who toil in the ghetto of the commentariat.

Would love to know what its DFW traffic was. Send those people over here.

Shaggy said...

Ah. My bad.

Smith said...

Donovan is certainly miscast in his regular role at the station, right? I think he does an excellent job whenever he's thrust into more of a leading role, and he brings the funny with his bits. He's very clever. His tickers today were certainly a highlight. I'm not sure what other role they could throw him into in order to fully excel, but here's hoping he gets a bigger role eventually. Perhaps once Norman Lucifer Hitzges hangs it up.

Anonymous said...

I went to listen to my BaD radio, and as soon as I heard Corby's voice, switched quickly over to G-bag Nation. Forgot about White Elephant. You know, G-bag was not that bad. I would move them to drive time.

Grubes said...

159- http://mp3twit.com/5iy

East Texas P1 said...

I was not able to listen to a lot of THL yesterday but I thought what the parts I heard absolutely sucked.

Mike and Gordon talking sex and then talking death was absolutely terrible, imo.

I have always thought Dan is terrible and WED he sucked more than he usually does.

Anonymous said...

@159
It's too bad you didn't leave your dial where it was. Corby and Bob had great chemistry. Corby was at his best. Good luck with Gbag Nation. If listening to Chris "my brain runs around like a chicken with its head cut off" Arnold and the rest of those Hardline wannabes, have it. Though something tells me you already are a FAN fan; that you're one of several (or the sole person) who constantly leave the same sort of comment. The one that bags on show x (usually THL), while giving a weak compliment to another show (ya know, as "cover"), then going on to say how show x on The FAN "really isn't half bad; think I'm going to give them a try." Sometimes it's more overt than that. Whatever the case, it's always along those lines.

@ETP1
Right there with you on Mike and Gordo sex and death talk. The former is so off-putting I don't know where to begin. OK, yes I do. I don't want to hear a guy my father's age talking about his sex life, anooos action, and orgasms. Gordo sex talk sucks equally as bad. Only when it's Ladies' Day on The Musers and he can get some chicks to speak up does it have anything to it. The death talk was morbid, more than a bit sad, and totally antithetical to what WED is supposed to be. BUT. The 90s era Cowboy talk was fantastic. It also showed, yet again, how Gordo does know sports.

And Dan..... He embarrassed himself.

blergoyen said...

I can't stand corky and I must admit he wasn't bad with Bob. I assume he feared getting called-out if he mis-stated facts or maybe he knew someone in the office would care if he showed up unprepared. Mike's forced genitalia-based sex jokes were embarrassing. I'm not a big fan of Donovan, but I'm glad he got to throw in some racism jokes after being forced to host so many "ask a black guy" failed bits. The only time Dan may be worse is when BaD interviews the obscure actress on the GBL and just after some interesting questions and some laughter, Dan asks her about the time she was raped.

Anonymous said...

Just catching up on some of the White Elephant Day since I missed it all yesterday. I started with the Bob and Corby show since I wanted to hear about Bob's twitter fight. Donny was absolute greatness (and I'm not a fan of him on BaD normally). Bob and Corby show was good. Being with Bob forces Corby to greatly dial back the uninformed gibberish.

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone who is praising Donnie. I'm mostly out on him. But he was by far and away the MVP of WED. Kudos to Donnie. Well done, sir.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 11:15....look Mrs Davidson, I can't stand your son on ANY segment of the ticket. I don't waste my time cuz I know it's gonna suck, and no, I seldom ever post on here. Your son is loathed by many!

Anonymous said...

Wowee, 159/1233
Really must've hit the nail on the head with my comment, eh pal. If that's all you got, then you have nothing. Empty bag. Have a nice day and please, when you return to the promotions bullpen back at The FAN studios, tell the Gbag boys to stop talking over each other. Their desperate attempts at trying to out funny one another are weak. Kinda like your snark.

DA said...

@ThePlainsman: The radio-discussion DFW board really did not have much traction, maybe five or six new threads started per year. IIRC, deaths and firings were mostly what was posted but the Cumulus sale of 104.1 was also touched on, but not really commented on. As a whole, those boards had more "why is format X not working/on a better signal in city Y". Even in the sportsradio section, there weren't many posts.

I really did not hear much during yesterday as I was listening to what might be the end of another radio show in SiriusXM's "Ron & Fez" with the on-air crying during a live read for Mrs.Fields.com. Theatre or not, that was entertaining radio. All in all, I heard the last 90 minutes of the morning show, part of Bob/Corby, and the first hour of Mike/Gordo/Junior, so I did giggle at "execution talk", but moved on when they started talking about switching heads on bodies.

WED really illustrates how stale the everyday lineup is in terms of segments, topics, opinions and the rehashing old news which many of us have already digested on out computers/tablets/phones.


@blergoyen: You hit it with Corby with his looseness with facts, especially from stories he selects and only reads the headline plus two paragraphs.

Dan is pretty much co-dependent on Bob. Even during the times in which Bob is away (soccer trips, mission trips, adoption) Dan struggles.

Joshstruckoutagain said...

I thought WED was awesome as evah! Donnie Do is underused and was greatness yesterday, as he is at all times. Think the Cobra is better when paired with others, as I think Michael is. Not out on THL but, both of them tend to open up more/ play well with others.
Really dug Intention Roughing last night, Dooc and Hansen were greatness and Big Bob and DM let the game come to them.
Great day of broadcasting was had by all, and if you don't think so..flip it over to one of the other "sports" stations.
We are truly #blessed and that's not the real half cat up in the comments, but I like the moniker!

Anonymous said...

i think that as great as the ticket is, they made a mistake keeping thl together once greggo was fired. thl was mike and gregg. there's nothing hardline-ish about either corby or danny. corby is bad with mike because mike has no interest in keeping him in check, like he used to do with greggo. mike is bad with corby because he allows corby to take over and recedes into the background, only adding for the most part nothing of substance. both are bad with danny because corby and danny make it their own show, and end up ball busting mike so often that it quickly becomes annoying, and mike is bad with danny because they become way too music intensive. what's worse is that very often times one or both of these supposed pop/rock music experts get so much wrong. i'm not talking about their tastes. I'm talking about their facts about the history of a band or a song or even the events and surroundings of a particular era. it's not only glaring at times, it's disappointing.

I wish cat or dan bennett or whomever it is that makes such decisions would've have ended thl at the time of gregg's firing, pairing mike with someone more his age, with someone he would've felt the need to bring his a game to the office everyday in order to pull his weight. i wish corby would've been placed as the 3rd bad host, moving donnie in as norm's co-host/side kick, something norm could sorely use. with a co-host like i described above, danny could've remained producer. with such a pairing, danny wouldn't have become a 3rd host, which is exactly what he's become. i do hope for his sake, he's paid like one. if not, that surely is unfair.

Anonymous said...

Seems like some old timers syndrome here. I enjoy THL as is. Never was a Greggo fan. I guess it's fun to complain about something you voluntarily listen to for forty hours a week. But other than slight annoyances here and there, I think the station's lineup is stronger than ever. As fun as it is to draw names out of a hat and play PD, as long as the ratings are good Dan Bennett and Cat probably aren't going to fire Corby and rearrange the shows because some commenters on the internet think they should.

Anonymous said...

uh, i didn't say that dan bennett and cat were or ought to fire corby. nor did i say they ought to rearrange the shows. i also never claimed to be a greggo fan. oh, and you have no idea how old i am. though you can surmise from my comment that i've been a listener since at least some time prior to greggo's termination. i did say that i "wish" certain things would've happened when there was an opportunity for them to have happened. almost forgot. i began my comment by extolling the greatness of the ticket. so, if you wouldn't mind, mr or ms or mrs light and wisdom of the world, stick it up your tailpipe. disagree with what i say all day long, i don't care. but at least read what i wrote before you take the time to air your disagreement.

Anonymous said...

Huh. Mike likes a Big Star song that sounds exactly like a Petty tune which sounds exactly like a Byrds tune. No wonder.

The Plainsman said...

Off topic: Did Gentle Muser George drop an f-bomb this morning in the 6:30-7:30 time frame? If no one else heard it I'll let it drop, assuming that I misheard it. It was under his breath but I thought it was pretty distinct. But it's possible he used an f-word substitute that I misheard. I'll only say that it really got my attention when it came over the airwaves. If no one else picked it up, that's the end of it.

BBQ said...

I was listening at that time, but I didn't hear any sort of f bomb-esque utterance from Jub.

WED:
Donnie was the star.

Corby and Bob were great together.

Dan was a disappointment.

Mike and Gordon were so-so. I agree with those who found Mike's sex talk to be off putting. Gordon, while obviously under the weather, was not in top form.

Norm was much better than I expected.

George was George and the Junes was the Junes. Meaning, of course, they did not fail to impress.

Ty did an admirable job. I thought his and Danny's Star Wars discussion was pretty darn good.

Contrary to one comment above, I found Fernando's takes and insights interesting.

All in all, I give WED an A-minus. There were some highs (e.g., Donnie, and Bob's and Corby's second tier sports talk), some real lows (e.g., the entirety of Dan's participation and Mike's sex talk). Mostly, though, it was solid, above average work.

T4 In Rockwall said...

I agree that Donnie was good in his role. He had me laughing when he was yelling at the board op (Jeremy?) and then said "son of a $&#*+". Regarding Gordo...he was awesome and had me rolling when he recanted the girl and her finger nearly being cut off at the 2nd knuckle. He was definitely spastic with no one to filter him like George and Craig usually do. BTW, the station is doing a promo for channel 47 for Monday. I signed up for it and got called today to sit in for an hour. I chose 9:30-10:30 so I could meet the Musers. I'm like a kid at Christmas...really looking forward to it. BTW, they are filming all day and I'll be dvr-ing all shows because I like Ticket TV because it's just down right rare. Also sorry to see the radio discussion site go down. They had some good stuff occasionally.

Anonymous said...

T4
I was interested in your reference to Ticket TV. Was wondering what it was. I'm on Directv and looked on channel 47 but couldn't find anything about it. Appreciate any info.

Anonymous said...

Looks like 11:23 anon's ice storm whiskey just kicked in. yeesh. Don't feed the trolls.

Anonymous said...

Hope you're gonna delete 1123's disgusting comment, Pman. What a pathetic creature. Please seek help, troll.

Anonymous said...

All anon 159 said was he heard Corby and changed channels, then gets bashed by "the" Corby fan, and he bashes Chris Arnold. Chris is a pretty nice guy. Sorry you can't take it! Now let's move on.

Anonymous said...

What's wrong 1240, you mad, bro? Seems like you're the one who can't move on. Don't be mad, bro.

The Plainsman said...

I missed the beginning of the Muser showgram. where's Rich? I thought he had that badass Kevlar Wrangler.

Although that may have been a Starwood Motors promotional loaner.

Anonymous said...

Stuck on the T, tried something new.

honda prelude said...

Kevlar don't give no extry tractshun, Plainy.

The Plainsman said...

Well aware of that. The "Kevlar" descriptor was to recall this particular vehicle to the mind of the Confessor, as we had occasion to remark on it in an earlier post.

By the way, my 1994 Prelude VTEC was one of my all-time favorite vehicles.

T4 In Rockwall said...

Here's the link on the Ticket's website. http://www.theticket.com/common/page.php?pt=The+Ticket+is+taking+over+KTXD-47+-+Register+to+Win+your+Seat+Here&id=5513&is_corp=0

honda prelude said...

Amen brutha. I had the exact model. Ah. If only that faux leather interior could talk...

The Plainsman said...

Wish I still had it. Made the mistake of leasing it. Owned it when I lived in SoCal, had to leave it behind at end of term when I moved back to Chi. Not enough dough to purchase and I had another car (GMC Typhoon, complete beast) I needed to move. I even liked the much-maligned dashboard and those pie-slice rear lamps.

The Syllogist said...

George DiGianni claims there is a 'science' of consequences.

I enjoy the misapplication of terms.

George DiGianni has misapplied the term 'science.'

Therefore I enjoy George DiGianni.

Anonymous said...

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/more-sports/headlines/20131206-the-ticket-no.-1-in-november-ratings-book-that-covered-tumultuous-time-in-d-fw-sports-talk-radio.ece

Sorry, RW, I don't need to pay you $5 a month to tell me something I can get for free. And with the above link, I get just the facts. Not self serving interpretations of the the numbers--i.e., "When I was on The FAN, we did better than they do now." Except you didn't. You did just as bad. Some months a tad better, some months a tad worse. Then you'd tell us how ratings don't matter, only advert dollars, and in that game, RaGE was killing it. Then the second you left you kept saying both that and at the same time making cracks at B&S's ratings. I keep saying "you" because I'm 100% certain you cruise by here at least once per day. And since I don't want to give you a page visit, I'll just communicate with you here.

Anonymous said...

The replaying of that old prank call on Greggo by The Musers this morning really brought back some old memories. That's the thing about Greggo: at one time he actually was half bumpkin-half bad ass and all good old boy GMF (good mfer, for those who don't know). Maybe it was always an act. Maybe he was always a compulsive liar with addiction problems. I don't know. He sure seemed genuine. I think you can hear it in his voice during the prank call. For those out there that have always wondered why anyone is still a fan of the Hammer's and wasn't around in the first handful of years of The Ticket, this prank call gives a bit of insight as to why. It's pretty hard to tie the two disparate sides of the man together. Two totally different people, same man. Again, maybe not. You can also hear the prototype of The Touchdown Brothers in that prank call. Also, when Greggo talks about ripping people and telling it like it is, that is how it used to be. THL used to bring homemade signs that read "No Spares" and "No Whip Zone" and stuff like that. Greatness.

Fantastic stuff, puts me in a wistful mood.

Anonymous said...

Yep! Those were the good ol days brotha, but they's gone now!

Anonymous said...

If Greggo had not been the genuine article, Rhyner would have never hooked up with him.

Anonymous said...

ATTN DANNY:

I know your birth mother and family resides in Boston. I know that you've visited there a few time. But please STFU about how "up there" this weather would be no problem. Rarely, very rarely do ice storms occur in New England. How do I know this? Because I'm from Groton, MA. Lived here for 9 years now and loving it, by the way. All of New England shuts down when on the rare occasion an ice storm hits. Ice is ice. Driving on an ice rink is the same no matter what. Chains only help so much. Actually, the best thing to do is to deflate your tires. That's why a Zamboni's tires look so low when it's resurfacing a rink.

Love you, Danny, but stick to what you know: steak, booze, pizza, musical snobbery, and banging chicks half your age. All fine pursuits, I might add.

Anonymous said...

Lighten up 1121. I'm from Connecticut. The roads do get icy up there. But the people, city government agencies, and state government agencies have a century's worth of experience and the tools and logistics to deal with it. Down here we don't. Why would or should we? Just like back East when it thunderstorms like it does here (which it does, but only on occasion), everyone freaks out and thinks it's the end of the world. They can and do laugh at us for our lack of experience with driving in icy conditions. We can and do laugh at them for jumping out of their skins whenever a big thunderclap hits or a tornado watch is put into effect. And God forbid when an actual tornado's in the air. Talk about freak out.

Danny can talk about whatever he wants. He's a smart and insightful dude. But yeah, he is good at the things you listed.

beauty school dropout said...

Don't know if it's the replay of that old GW prank call and 8.38's sentimental comment, or if it's that GW's Twitter feed over the past month or so sounded like his old self, or if it's the pictures of the glory days he's been posting up... What ever it is, it's got me missing GW and the old HL. Never thought I'd think that again. Specially after his last handful of blog blasts that were absolutely disgusting. But dammit, I am. Probably just the glum weather, being stuck indoors, the family out of town, and all the rest. I'm sure it is. Still, at this moment I'm missing the crap out of those days. I'm missing the crap out of the old GW. The guy who truly was, like 8.38 said, a GMF. The guy who would have a beer with you and talk sports, music, old school DFW nightlife, and chicks for a half-hour at a road show. That's another thing. The halcyon days road shows, after they moved to pm drive, were all like GNOs. They were mostly at restaurant/bars (J.Willy's, Bronco's, etc.). THL would hang out for a couple of hours after the show. It was so cool.

I have Good Old Days Syndrome, I know. Go ahead and dog pile. I don't care. If you were there for those first handful of years, you know just what I'm talking about. If not, you won't understand. You really won't.

Anonymous said...

I Gagree! I wish the Ticket would sell cd's of the old Hardline shows with Greggo. The ones without Corby would probably cost more.

Thomas said...

@836 You summed up nicely the mood I've been in lately too. It's funny how so much changed so quickly. The Littlest of Ones went from Skip Bayliss proclaiming they'll kick everyone's butt on D1 to packing out road shows in a few months. It went from a startup that no one in the industry thought would last 6 months to leading the pack within a few years. It had a fairly steady stream of turnover and tweaks outside The Muskateers until BaD hit the scene in 1999. It's also seen the metamorphosis of some hosts. Some for the better, some not. It's gone from a primarily caller-driven station to a primarily talent-drivin station. And it has trend-setted and set the bar for nearly all other sports/guy talk stations in America. But, to my mind (a la Jerry Jones), the biggest change has to have been what has occurred with/in technology.

My D1P1 status allows me to go back and map out every jump in technology we've had over the last 20 years. It's breathtaking. The effect it's had on The Ticket and the listener, too, is breathtaking.

It seems like yesterday when Sideshow Bob was faxing in to THL on a daily basis. Outside of Fax Fodder, mind you. Now, many below the age of 35 have very little, if any, idea what a fax machine or a fax is. The internet was almost all dial up. At least it was for 99% of all home service. We all had Internet America (local outfit) or AOL for a provider. It was slower than molasses, and there wasn't that much on there yet as far as time wasting goes. Most of the sports, entertainment, and news stuff that was being discussed came from ESPN and the news. Which meant that both listener and host pretty much knew the same thing at the same time. Which also meant that everything was current and therefore the discussion had more urgency and zip to it. It was more of a conversation, and not a commentary, like it is now. It also made you feel more a part of it. And with the way the interaction between host and listener was back then, you actually could be a part of it. I think it's that part of the technology thing that made the biggest impact. Now, it seems like the majority of the listeners, specially the younger ones, seem to only care for either the bits or the outlandish, the shocking statement. And there's the drops, as well. I get it. I really do. But you rarely get that warm and fuzzy "I'm a part of this" feeling from the interaction between the hosts or between host and listener anymore. Sometimes you do, but it's very rare. What does this mean? I'll take a stab at it. Hopefully it makes sense.

LIke 836 said, remotes were different then. THL really did hang out afterwards. Most were in restaurant-bars or bars. Not only that, but also the younger and/or single guys used to make no secret about where they hung out at and/or where they were going to hang at on such and such a night. You could easily have some suds and a conversation with Junior, Gordo, Followill, Doogie (if any of you remember him), sometimes Expo, and sometimes the at that time producer, Cat. Greggo was an 817 guy then. He had his own longtime running buddies. But he sure would sit down with you after a remote. Rhynes was married and had not yet hit his belated midlife crisis. Like 836 I also suffer from Good Old Days Syndrome. But it was THAT good, people. Truly it was that good. When Rhyner issued his "there'll never be anything like it again once it's gone" statement, for me, it left the building around 2006.

Thomas said...

Meant to add on that it was the immediacy of the on air conversation, due to both host and listener knowing the same things at the same time, and its making you feel like you were having it with the hosts that also made the conversations and friendships after the remotes come about. Without it, I think it would've been different. It would've been like it is now at a remote or a station-listener event (I go to most of them). Which means that the hosts are friendly but mostly guarded in nature, and when the remote or event is over, so too are they. Work is over and they're outta there. Just like the other stations do and have always done (been to several old days Galloway and others remotes so I know what I speak of). Used to totally not be that way. I wonder if it wasn't that way back then if things would've turned out like they have? Would the listenership have had such loyalty early on? It was that loyalty and host-listener bunker mentality that made it was it is. The bunker mentality still exists. You read it here in the comments whenever someone even hints that another station isn't so bad. We'll never know.

Chicken Pillow said...

WHO DECIDED TO GIVE TICKET CHICKS THEIR OWN SHOW?

Seriously, I want to cut out my ear drums right now.

Thanks Cat.

Anonymous said...

What in Sam Hill is going on at the station right now????? It's 7:32 pm on 12/8/13, and there's a gaggle of hick chicks talking all eat, love, and pray meets Dr. Phil "let's get real" like. This is awful. They're talking about Pam flippin' Anderson's hair. "I'm Tori and 31 and blond. I went blond from brunette last Christmas..." "Blonds are not stupid!" "It's like you need to call all your like um guy friends next. We all are gonna tell you all how to get a new girl..."

Thanks a lot, Cat. Genius move. Let's see: You have Ty, TC, Machine, Fahey, Newbury, and others. . . . .and this is how you use time that could go to a deserving JV team????? Brilliant, man. Just brilliant.

Anonymous said...

@Chicken Pillow,
Indict me as guilty since as soon as I read your post I tuned in. That was so awful, I kept listening until a break. It is so terrible, it is nearly addictive. It was Cuban/Dallas CAN advertisement bad.

However, I wonder if it could be a bit or a test for Corby as the white noise those women are providing is EVERYTHING which he rails against on-air. But since they talk about events four days later, it might be a segment after drydock.

Back to Sunday Night Football

Anonymous said...

Well, they've confirmed what I've always thought about a lot of DFW chicks, they're really shallow.

1. Your car is important to them. Your choice of car reflects the "real you." A white GMC pickup = Maturity.

2. Cleanliness = Maturity.

3. Smell Good. Not clean, but good. Cologne = Maturity.

4. The Right Shoes. Preferably Italian Leather or Cowboy Boots.

5. Hang out at Bars, Often.

6. Wear a buttoned-up Oxford Shirt.

7. If you are a Frat Guy, say you are not. Even though all of the above describes every Frat Guy there ever was since the late-80s. Paradoxically, being an "Independent" constitutes being a loser.

8. Compliment women. But not overly so. Don't say they're hot. It means you are superficial. It means you only like their looks, not the person herself. The Criteria stated in 1-7, is not, I repeat, is not, superficial.

Thank you, Cat, Dip S of the Americas.

Anonymous said...

I REALLY REALLY REALLY hope this b.s. is addressed by The Musers, BaD, and THL tomorrow. I want to hear Snake go off on these motor mouth yapsters.

Anonymous said...

This is stupid. Exactly what are these chicks qualifications to dispense with advice? What a fool's game of an endeavor this is.

Shaggy said...

I'm kind of wondering now if one of the jv'ers is actually behind all of these anti-GBT comments. I mean, who listens to The Ticket on a Sunday night?