Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Will Someone Capable Confessor Please Fix The Ticket's Wikipedia Page?


I was looking for a factoid I thought I remembered, being that The Ticket was the ratings leader in its demo almost from the first months of its operation.

I went to the KTCK Wikipedia page, and read this:

"The sometime controversial station has posted strong ratings in the Dallas radio market, especially its Arbitron top-rated shows[1] The Hardline (who entertain the denizens of the metroplex) and Dunham and Miller, which have been the anchors of the station's success throughout its existence. And thanks to T.C. Fleming, created RAGONK!"

Let's put aside the baffling construction  of the sentences starting with The Hardline (so Dunham and Miller don't entertain "the denizens of the metroplex?), the wrong syntax ("the sometime controversial station"), and the inappropriate tone for Wikipedia.  The last sentence washes the entire entry in sophomoric jokiness, in addition to making no sense.  Who created RAGONK?  If not T.C. (who may have uttered it, but didn't create the phenomenon), then why are we thanking him? 

The whole passage is stupid.  More than stupid -- it's cheap.  RAGONK is a passing bit like hundreds of others -- although it may have legs -- and has no claim to this degree of prominence. I don't know much about the editing rules for Wikipedia.  Can anyone get in and strike this crap?  Please advise.

PS:  I don't blame T.C. for this -- doesn't look like his work, nor has he embraced the phenomenon.

92 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone can edit a Wikipedia page. You ought to see what happens to opposing English Premiere League team's Wiki pages before a game. You get things like, for example: "Chelsea fans are noted for their affiliation with the Neo Nazi Party and their full-throated singing of paeans to Hitler." So any fool could've done up The Ticket page. You ought to send a message to Cat. If, however, this is the work of the station, someone ought to be severely reprimanded. Because it's pure amateur hour.

Jiggity McDiggity said...

Seems kinda silly for people really to be up in arms about this. If TC would have just embraced this, it would have died QUICKLY. But his reactions alone have reinforced this bit's "legs" with adamantium.

debased said...

I agree, it's Sirois who should get the accolades for making "ragonk" a phenomenom

Anonymous said...

Who sings the jub of the week intro song?

T4 In Rockwall said...

It's gotta be Danny unless I've been assuming and not paying attention.

Anonymous said...

It's not Danny. It's a p1, but I don't remember his name.

Anonymous said...

the jub of the week intro is greatness. "he's in a marble falls street gang..."

Shaggy said...

The Ticket's Wikipedia page has been bit-laden since it existed. This is a really odd stance you're taking here, PMan.

Regonk Dykes said...

1. The Ticket's Wikipedia entry has always sucked, and I find that appropriate. It's not "The Worldwide Leader." It's "The Little Ticket."

2. Ragonk is forever

3. Why on earth would the idea of blaming T.C. for this even enter your mind long enough to discount? Even if he wasn't functionally illiterate, hence unable to edit a wiki page, he hates regonk and wouldn't take credit for it in public.

Brad Gilbert said...

@bhorn55
Hell has frozen over. Latest DFW sports talk radio ratings. November book. Men 25-54. First ever. Fan 3.9; Ticket 3.7; KESN 2.4.

Anonymous said...

PM once again running to the defense of TC. Ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

@bhorn55
Hell has frozen over. Latest DFW sports talk radio ratings. November book. Men 25-54. First ever. Fan 3.9; Ticket 3.7; KESN 2.4.

Anonymous said...

Jake & TC get a prominent role on The Ticket and ratings start to dip....coincidence? I think not.

Shaggy said...

I wonder if that's 6a-7p? I assume no. I believe last book had the Ticket at a 5.7 for 6a-7p, The Fan at a 3.0

Shaggy said...

Yep, looked it up. Last month from BHorn:

"Overall in the ratings period for men 25-54 it was The Ticket (4.5), The Fan (3.7), boosted by Cowboys programming, and KESN (2.5).

Weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. it was The Ticket (5.7), The Fan (3.0) and KESN (3.0)."

Ragonk Dykes said...

Everyone! Everyone! Please follow my directions!

1. Locate your butt.

2. Grab that butt.

3. Do *NOT* let go of said butt!

P.S. I fully blame T.C... well, more like the mindset at The Littlest Ticket that allows someone that spare to have a prominent role. Chickens gotta roost sometime!

Anonymous said...

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20141126-d-fw-sports-radio-ratings-for-the-first-time-krld-s-the-fan-takes-top-spot-from-the-ticket.ece?xx

Anonymous said...

Jub is my favorite Muser, and my love for BaD Radio is unmatched by any other P1, but I do not understand "Jub of the Week." Don't get me wrong, I really like the segment, but it seems like an almost weird management decisions. I am trying to figure out who it is supposed to benefit... It almost feels like a "Hey, BaD Radio skews younger; The Musers ratings have taken a small slide -- lets see if we can get some youngins to tune into The Musers by exposing them to BaD's younger audience."

I am 42, and like I said, I LOVE, LOVE BaD Radio, but I have to admit that I am technically middle age. A lot of the stuff on The Ticket is stuff I relate to because I am 42 living in a cul du sac with a stay at home wife, a kid, etc. But 23 year old me would see the J.V. as their peers. That's why Jake, and to a much lesser extent, T.C., is getting so much run.

We are all resistant to change. I do not relate to the fans of Greggo because a) From what I have heard from the archives, he had a bag b) I am a post-Greggo P1. I fear the day BaD Radio breaks up (it's going to happen), but that is the nature of things. You can either try to manage the change, or be a hostage to it. The CTO's have to look into the future - especially in a post Norm / Rhynes future. They also have to get Millenials interested in The Ticket. When TSJ + T.C. is doing 10-12, and Fahy/Justin is producing BaD; or when BaD moves to p.m. drive and Corby goes with a JVer to middays, that is just the nature of change.

If you or I don't like it, then we should go somewhere else for our sports talk.

gunther said...

I wish Horn would link to the data or at least a snapshot of it. That info he posts is useless to me without the surrounding data.

Shaggy said...

TONY! TONY! TONY!

P1 Dan said...

I truly think that the Sirois boys could be the next team to depart these here airwaves. I feel like a station like the FAIL would LOVE to "bit" guys like Mike and Cash and I could see them getting taken away.

Any of you "contract-knowledgable" guys know what their contracts look like in terms of how long they have left at the Ticket?

Anonymous said...

Need more funny bits.

P1 Dan said...

Stupid hitting publish too fast...

"I feel like a station like the FAIL would LOVE to GET "bit"..."

Anonymous said...

The thing with CDS is, I *highly* doubt Cash is going to leave his fairly-high profile job with The Mavs to work in the unstable, pressure-cooker world of radio. So it's a matter of finding something better to do with Mike. And they'd better hurry before he leaves for greener paydays.

Shaggy said...

Cash doesn't work for the Mavs. He's the President/CEO of a media company though. (The Well Creative Productions).

I doubt if he even has a contract with K-Ticket

Colorado P1 said...

This little tidbit from the Horn article caught my eye: "The Ticket includes both its AM and FM signals as well as streaming."

How does this square with what folks were saying a couple months ago about how The Ticket has no reason to give two craps about those of us who listen exclusively via the stream?

Anonymous said...

Note that the article said that the Ticket is still number 1 from 6 am-7 pm on Monday-Friday.

The numbers 3.9 v 3.7 is inclusive of all hours where ratings are recorded. This includes the actual Cowboy games and Cowboy related programming throughout the week (mostly after 7 pm).

Where will these cumulative numbers be after the Cowboys' season is over with?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, he left the Mavs last year, but kept doing the same thing for them with his own company.

Anonymous said...

I think these numbers are Cowboy-success-related inflated. If the trend continues after their season is over, then we have something rather interesting on our hands. Though I must say that even as it stands these numbers are fairly interesting. What I find curious is that both ESPN and The FAN's highest rated shows are on during The Musers--who have the highest rated hour of the day vis-a-vis all shows/all stations.

I do wonder if the commenter from the last thread might onto something with respect to the Cowboys ascendancy and a possible Ticket descent. Because, no, I can guarantee the advent of Jake and T.C. have zero to do with ratings. One twerp posting over and again under anonymous and other names does not make for a listener insurrection. But I do agree with Plainsman's sentiment that there seems to be something happening with the local sports radio scene; and that whatever it is, The Ticket appears to not be be a beneficiary of whatever it is. I also think the Cowboy theory commenter from the last thread nailed it when describing what The Hardline has basically turned into. One thing I would add to the picture painted is that when they do talk sports, they sound outdated, uninformed. It's all narrative driven; their own narrative, that is.

thejerrytoddshow said...

@235
Gagreed. As a year 1P1 I've witnessed up close and personal the evolution of THL. They've gone from being all about the P1 to being all about themselves. Merely paying lip service to the P1. They used to talk about things we all relate to. Stuff both Mike and Gregg and us P1s go through. It made you feel like you were a part of the show. That all changed. Changed before Greggo left, so it isn't totally a Corby deal. It's a Mike deal. Though it's been hard to tell for many years, Mike does run the show. THL has become a show that's all about Mike, Corby, and Danny's kick ass fantasy lives in Dallas, TX. How they're all friends with the coolest local musicians, bar owners, promoters, local celebs, media members, and all that jazz. It's become a cool kids hipster club. That's not how it was or how THL became the primo show in town. My take is that after almost a decade of shunning us unhip regular old P1s, it's finally coming home to roost. THL is the flagship show. As it goes the rest of The Ticket will soon go. So if it starts to slide in the ratings books, so will the other shows.

Because of what I already said, I barely listen to THL anymore. I've become a 3 station listener. I'm mostly with The Ticket until WTDS. I go back and forth between BaD and GBag and after WTDS I go to The Afternoon Show on ESPN. Usually I stay there.

gunther said...

Jerrytodd, concur with all you've said except THL being the flagship. That hasn't been true for many years, although early on it was definitely the case.

The Musers have had higher ratings and are the only show ever recognized by the Marconi's. They clearly are the glue that holds that place together and have been since long before Greggo left.

debased said...

2:35:
Not sure if you're including me in your "other names", but I don't have a problem with Jake. I'm not a fan of Norm's, so I don't listen, but TC does change how I feel about BaDD, which I used to enjoy quite a bit. I still try and listen, but I cringe more and more, mainly because of him.
You complain about anonymous posts, but you post under "anonymous" ...that's kinda weird.
I'm not trying to be all negative here. Thanks P-Man, for hosting a spot where we can have conversations about our favorite radio station. I'm gonna go practice some tent settuh now

Anonymous said...

432:

I have no idea if whether I was addressing you or not, only you know and/or perceive that. Plus, I didn't complain about those posting under Anonymous. How did you gather that from what I said? I was only describing the commenter that keeps complaining about Jake AND T.C.. This person uses Anonymous, as well as makes up monikers. It very well may be the same person who impersonates Ticket hosts, too.

So there ya go.

Colorado P1 Kip said...

Like anyone can even know that

thejerrytoddshow said...

You're right about The Musers' ratings, gunther. Ditto their Marconi Awards. But THL has a TX Radio HoFer on board. And THL is still the show that gets all the pub in the national press about The Ticket whenever that sort of pub occurs. Besides other than Fake Jerry or Tiger, all I ever hear dudes at my office, my buds, and dudes on my adult league sports team either talk about or imitate is THL. That's why I call them the flagship show. All the other shows still follow their lead, they're the other shows' leader. Mike Rhyner is the heart and soul of The Ticket. Even though a lot of us out here in the interwebs think differently. Thing is, we're a small slice of the listening pie. We're the passionate outliers who read and post our thoughts on a blog that looks like it was constructed back in the late 90s. And I pre say that I mean no offense by that, Pdude.

Anyway it's cool to exchange thoughts with you, gunther.

Anonymous said...

P1 Dan, The FAIL already has "bit" guys. Ben and Skin. Bits are all they do. Other than jock sniffing. I have a feeling that if the Bros. Sirloin ever did a months worth of Mon-Fri shows, much of their cheer section would abandon ship after week 2. Guys entering into middle age trying to hang on to their 20s gets old real quick. Imagine listening to The Orphanage on a daily basis. You'd be a FAN Fan quicker that you could say Jack Crack.

Anonymous said...

The hardline this morning has been amazing. Seems like the time change has energized the guys.

Poor Tim K.

The Plainsman said...

I am thrilled to have thejerrytoddshow posting at My Ticket Confession. Huge fan of a true video pioneer.

But . . . are you sure that you're not "theGerrytoddshow"?

I can hear the bumper clip now: "ger ree TODD" and those floating heads.

Hashtag YOLO said...

Hardline is bringing it this morning. Good exchange with the board op du jour.

Listening to Yahoo Sports from 5:30 to 6 was painful.

The Plainsman said...

Yes. When Yahoo Sports has their guys hollering at us from one coast or another, even B- Ticket broadcasting is added to the list of things for which we give thanks before the turkey is carved.

May I assume that everyone eventually got the cheap gag that was the entirety of the last post? No disgrace if you didn't. Email me if you'd prefer not to come forward.

Ger ree TODD!

Anonymous said...

You're right, Pman. It is Gerry Todd. In honor of the oh so Canadian SCTV, I will serve a five minute major in the penalty box for abuse of one of the greatest characters in comedy history.

Gerry had me at "vuideo."

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Pman, and all Confessors.

Here's a slice of vuideo pie. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScovcmcEERk

Anonymous said...

The OGW lives downtown now?

Gareth Corn said...

Looks like Don from Buffalo is a prophet. Greatest call ever.

Anonymous said...

No joke, Gareth Corn. For once I'd like to hear Norm eat a bit of crow in the form of an on-air apology to a caller such as Don from Buffalo--whom he berated. Norm is very fond of apologizing for others in the form of pretending to be another who has, at least in Norm's eyes, transgressed and saying what Norm thinks this person ought to say. Well how about for once Norm does the same thing?

Anonymous said...

As great as I thought that call was, Don needed to berated. That guy was making some of the worst sports points I've ever heard.

Anonymous said...

For me, I've been listening less and less because of Cowboys talk. They are using the playbook from the 90s when the Cowboys were good. You can hear it in the promos they run where they brag about how much Cowboys they talk.

The thing is is that I can get Cowboys talk a million different places now when I couldn't 20 years ago and I'm generally tired of hearing about the game by 9:00 on Monday morning.

Gopher said...

Anon 5:06

Would you rather they go back to bashing days after they lost the flagship status? Mike as the Leader of the Anti Cowboys Faction (you knew it was a bit) or Grandpa Urine 's Cow's can do no right bit got old rather quickly.

I'd like to see an objective middle ground somewhere.

Anonymous said...

506, The Ticket is a sports station. You do know that? Do you also know that the Cowboys are the biggest team in DFW, and it isn't even close? I guess I'm not sure what you want The Ticket to do. You might be better served listening to Stern and Russ Martin.

Gareth Corn said...

Don in Buffalo was a total buffoon. I just think it was funny how he was probably sitting in his basement wearing his Jaworski jersey shouting "YOU'RE A FRAUD" at a framed picture of Norman Adolf Hitzges. That was the only chuckle-inducing thing from that cluster of a game.

Anonymous said...

Hey Norm, I'm from Buffalo, you're from Buffalo, my uncle knows you, let's talk sports.

Norm from Buffalo is greatness.

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Anonymous said...

TSJ needs to change its name to I Think. Sean and Jake say "I think" at a rate of, at least, 15 per minute. It's very annoying, distracting. Attention, Sean and Jake: we know you "think" what you're about to say. Why? Because it's coming from out of your mouths.

Anonymous said...

It seems like there's a lot of new Ticker Man hires lately. One in particular is so slick sounding that it makes you wonder if he's being groomed by Cat. Another in particular has such a Texas twang that at first I wondered if it was a bit. It's not. I dig it. I like when my local station has local accents. It's getting to be a rare thing. We have Jake from Ft. Worth who sounds like someone trying to impersonate an East Coast accent; Sean Bass who sounds more NPR with each passing week; Gordo who tries to disguise his accent but does a poor job of it; ditto Corby and Danny (both fail miserably, but at least Danny will own up to it); George on the other hand tries to sound like a Texan even though he's not; Joonz is Joonz; Mike is Mike; Norm is Norm; and BaD celebrate their Northerness.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed the entire CBS 11 morning team has been blown out?

Anonymous said...

Just heard Letsche has replaced Sirois in the White Elephant line up.

Anonymous said...

Okay, TC is now indefensible. I'll give baseball Jesus a pass saying RBI as plural, but no, TC, this is baseball douchery. If you're upset at the world for saying RBI's then don't imitate the Bristol a-holes or the grownups wanting to sound cool. Besides, it should technically be R'sBI.

Anonymous said...

He's an insufferable asshole who can't manage to stay off air.

Anonymous said...

Sirios is on vacation all week, that's why. But let's get all conspiratorial up in this here biatch and wonder aloud if whether he's angling for a new contract or as one person keeps suggesting, outta here for a Sirois Bros show on another station. Cuz let's face it, vacays are well known in advance, yet Sirois was on the White Elephant choose select option push for us P1s to choose from. Now he's on vacay the very week of a pretty important station to do. Hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, he's on permanent vacation at 105.3.

Oops...sorryf or the spoiler.

Anonymous said...

@330
Totz bulsh on your part, bro.

Anonymous said...

The Ticket simply cannot afford to continue losing it's talented role-players. The Big hosts will not be around forever, and one day we'll look out over the landscpae and see Jake and TC alone and flailing at 1310, while competitors are eating their lunch with all the guys the Ticket let walk.

Free Mike Sirois!

So Anonymous said...

the sirois brothers are a thing. a real and actual thing.

Anonymous said...

If your radio station is depending on Jake & TC then your station is failed. Ratings are already dipping for the station due to those 2 clowns.

Anonymous said...

I love the hardliner as much as anyone but every time they mention boyhood I want to punch my radio. We get it, it's a good movie but move on.

Anonymous said...

Man oh man there sure are some first rate troll jerk wads from the Jerk Store lurking around the MTC waters these days. Too bad. It appears as though there is one person, maybe two, who is/are perpetrating the vast majority of the trolling. Poor, sad, little, clown(s).

Sirois is on vacation. It's been scheduled for some time now. It is absolutely neither a contract negotiating ploy nor is CdS jumping ship to The FAN.

Anonymous said...

All you haters are making me miss the old days where passionate Confessors would confess their undying admiration for Jake's HSOs and intelligence. I recall many a "Jake is the smartest guy in the room" confessions. I also remember tons of "IJB is the greatest thing ever" confessions. Which means, of course, that TC is a good good.

cactusflinthead said...

"The thing is is that I can get Cowboys talk a million different places now when I couldn't 20 years ago and I'm generally tired of hearing about the game by 9:00 on Monday morning.
November 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM"

Right there with you Anon. By the time it gets to 230 I am ready for buffoonery. Anything but another dose of Cowboy Angst. Nope, other pixelated human who suggested Stern or Russ, Not interested. I had rather listen to Corby and Danny poke the Old Man with a stick.

I was hoping there would be other sports topics today besides the lackluster effort on Thursday. No, sorry we we didn't examine it for the ones who were out of town. Surely they did not hear our extravaganza of sports opinions in the hinterlands of far flung family adventures. No, we cannot discuss the Deadspin goodness of all the other things sports. Cowboys, Cowboys, Cowboys.
Yeah by the time I get to Bob and Dan I am starting to get worn out. By the time THL starts I am more than ready to hear about photoshopped boobs and butt.

I tried to miss the bythenumberssportanalysis, but it tracked me down and made me listen again to how Lucy pulled the damn football back.

Cody Patterson said...

Just heard the THL segments from last week with Tim K. That was greatness! Does anyone know if Tim K is on Twitter? I think he'd be a great follow.

Anonymous said...

"Yeah by the time I get to Bob and Dan I am starting to get worn out. By the time THL starts I am more than ready to hear about photoshopped boobs and butt."

You make a good point. I suspect one of the reasons THL leans so much on entertainment and other non-sportsy stuff is they know the P1 has heard eight hours of the Sports Topic du Jour by the time 3:30 rolls around.

Anonymous said...

cactus, you might not like my suggestion (Russ or Stern), but if buffoonery is your chief interest, you are, at least in the near to long view, going to have to look elsewhere. I've no idea how long you or others who are not liking the noticeable uptick in Cowboy coverage have been a P1. If you listened during the first 5-6 years, then you'd know that The Ticket in part was founded upon the motto: "Cowboys, Cowboys, Cowboys." They didn't go on-air for the first time during the build up to the '94 Superbowl by mere coincidence. The Wild Irish Laddy, followed by Bruce Gilbert, didn't throw out one of the very few management to host mandates (you must talk a lot of Cowboys)--"eh, more Cowboys, buddy" for no reason.

The CTO sees that these ratings dips, as small as they are, are not anomalies; they are a trend. What's my point? You are seeing two things going on at once: a reverting back to the "halcyon days" in order to "get back to our roots" in order to take back those listeners who have left for other more sportsy-Cowboy-centric pastures; and at the same time a preemptive "keeping up with the Joneses (excuse the pun)" by way of, of all things, The Ticket doing a bit of imitating of its competitors with respect to being Cowboy-centric. You notice the renewed, with vigor, ad campaign reminding us of how The Ticket is the first DFW all-sports station? Whereas in the past that fact was an aspect of a self-promoting, in-house ad, it is now the focal point of the ad.

As an aside: When's the last time you heard a host gloat over ratings? It's been awhile, hasn't it.

The upshot is that the CTO views these prima facie minor dips/blips as a potentially larger trend. Rome fell, eventually. So will The Ticket. The CTO, however, is trying to prolong the fall as long as it can--as it should.

So cactus, et al., enjoy The Corner, the 8:40 bit, and the occasional buffoonery you find on BaD and THL. Other than the established staples of fun, you will hear more of the Jake, Sean, and Bob style of super sportsy talk for the foreseeable future. The market is evolving. What's old is becoming new. Change or die. The CTO understands this: their jobs depend on it.

money for nothing, chicks for free said...

951, I suspect that THL is lazy, uninformed, self absorbed, and doesn't give a rip about much other than what's going on in their lives/minds. If you think they're thinking about the P1, you're sadly mistaken. Those days, for THL at least, went out the door a decade ago.

Shaggy said...

Tim K twitter

https://twitter.com/PirateMushroom

I hope you like vidja games

Anonymous said...

guys, vacation mix ups happen...all the time. most of the time the host forgets to put in for vacation for something important and then the boss has to be PC and usually grants it even if something else is planned. especially with the knowledge that WED will survive without them.

Ragonkfield Wright said...

Dale Hansen, with tongue only partially in cheek, once said that if the Rangers won the World Series on the same day the Cowboys had a game, he would probably lead with the Cowboys.

You don't have to like it, but the Cowboys drive the sports bus around here. Even when they suck.

The Plainsman said...

1000 Anon wins Confession of the Month award, if there were one.

I was getting set to put up something along those same lines, although not as historically informed.

the late great not dead ara parseghian said...

I sure may have missed something lurking here and there, but I don't think many have discussed the impact college football has on THL's broadcast day. They have the "college football blowhard" segment, interchangeable with time of Corby's choosing to pontificate about things NCAA. Seems to operate a bit like Gordo's 6:30, 7:15, and 9:15 bits-only I like tuning in to Gordo. Regardless, I can't get the ear bud out of my ear quick enough when I hear any college football tease. Wonder if this contributes to the ratings dip, or is it just me?

Anonymous said...

@4:11 Nice try, T.C.

Anonymous said...

OK, if the Hardline wants to do a music show,why don't they just do it? I'm so sick of Corky's uninformed music (and other) HSOs.

Ragonplestiltskin said...

Greatest birthday request ever on WTDS:

"I would like to request that Corby turn his microphone off."

cactusflinthead said...

Anon10A, it isn't new and hasn't changed that I have noticed in the years my ears have been listening. My point was that the vilification THL gets for not being...whatever amorphous desire the detractors want suits me fine. I get some sports and some buffonery. Stern is NY. For the same reasons I rarely listen to Mike and Mike I don't have any interest in Stern. He's been available and there is no there there for me. Russ neither has any appeal for me. By reputation alone he is a non-starter. I'll suffer through yet another breakdown of stats by Sturm and Jake because just like the old promo used to say, "If you hold on long enough you might get something you like." Hansen summed it up well and the TV ratings bear it out. A Cowboys pre-season game will demolish a pennant race game by the Rangers. That's how this town and state views sports. I had rather the Cowboys win because for talkers a win is less interesting than going over the dead body of a loss. By Wednesday they are ready to put aside the good tidings of the last win to find something to be concerned about the next game. Trends, stat-lines and whatever else they can do to gin up the fear that they will go down in flames or we should at least have some serious worries. Norm is the worst about it. He is a concern troll of the highest order. He can look at a hot chick bringing him a bottle of wine, a steak and wearing negligee and wonder if the steak was done properly and the wine chilled enough. He will do the same thing when it comes time for baseball. He can't help himself. Wilonsky might be the Voice of Doom, but Norm is the worry wart that will never ever be satisfied with what he sees.
All that said, I have no interest in leaving the little Ticket for the others or anybody else for that matter. Well, that isn't entirely true. I do leave them to listen to music, but when it comes to sportstalk for my ears it is going to be the littlest of Tickets.

Anonymous said...

Yo Pman, post up that article!

I’m no radio guy said...

Anon @10:00AM (and P’Man by association),
I’m no radio guy, but count me as one of those not really liking the supposed to be noticeable uptick in Cowboys coverage. Also count me as one who couldn’t disagree more with your version of Ticket history. I wasn’t a day one’r, but I certainly remember Chris Arnold and his sidekick- a young lad named Corby. And there’s Rocco Pendola and his bag of nuthin’, but I sat through him because I like hockey- but like the Ticket more. I listened to The Bottle Rockets and that wonderful experiment The Hot Spot (well, not that much, but sometimes the evening drive home was late). You are correct that they started with the Cowboys Super Bowl run, but they became the little Ticket with a gang called P1’s because “We can do what they do- they can’t do what we do.” That’s it, that’s their success, their ratings, and raison d’etre. They appeal to a target demographic of 25-54 or whatever (I’m no radio guy), and switch on the fly better than anyone. They have old standards and formulas, but they switch out bits and pieces in an attempt to keep fresh. Remember Sturm and his massive stock portfolio, his reciting of the latest thing he learned on CNBC? Or more recently, how about Gay-not-Gay? The Musers do it too; they’re just better at making it look seamless when they put something in the vault for a while and bring it out later. Norm? He may be a stats punch line for the kids and cool folk, but nobody at the station has adapted better or quicker and become a team player with all the nut kicks than him. He’s gone through at least 3 producers and not by his choice, but he keeps rolling on with their show ideas, and with Gordo poking on the front end; Dan on the back.
If, as you and others say, this is an attempt by some guy-in-a-tie CTO to recapture something lost and we’d better get used to it, well I’ll be listening to music and NPR a lot more and a lot sooner than I’d like. There will be no Ticket to listen to, because that kind of logic is the “That’s the way we’ve always done it, by golly”, and not what the Ticket made its reputation on. It will have become one of “them.” But What do I know, I’m no radio guy.

Anonymous said...

10am is spot on about the Cowboys and the early Ticket years. Other than THL who talked Rangers it was all Cowboys all the time.

T4 In Rockwall said...

You guys lose me when you write books...out.

Anonymous said...

Don't let the door hit ya, etc., T4.

Cody Patterson said...

If you guys don't like Cowboys talk, White Elephant day is going to be filled with TCU talk.

Anonymous said...

You T4 have a good time at GIML.

The Gerry Todd Show said...

Great. The knobheads have made Plainsman shut down the WED thread.

I'm down with registration, if anyone cares. Time to clean house and right the ship.

Plainsman, I got the name right this time: Gerry Todd.

Scruffy said...

Can we stop acting as if this place has devolved to be 4chan?

The pretentious attitude taken towards what are, for the most part, dissenting yet not terribly offensive posts is basically the equivalent of TC's high-and-mighty attitude.

Closing threads is passive-aggressive, Plainsman. Like it's been said, you don't post enough to maintain full control. If there's no way to have a Reddit-esque downvoting system just let the community self-police. The smarmy handwringing by all is off-putting. I don't want to frequent somewhere that semi-eloquent disagreement isn't welcomed.

I like MTC. But some of you are jerks when it comes to who you consider to be jerks.

Anonymous said...

But Scruffy, surely you draw the line at those pretending to be Ticket personnel and who do nothing but make the same critical comment over and over again, adding nothing new, not wishing to engage but only to start fires? It's counterproductive. I agree that the constant rebutting and chiding of those who are indeed trolling gets to be too much. I also agree that semi-eloquent disagreement is a good thing. But again, there's a marked difference between actual and healthy disagreement and pure trolling. Alas lately there's been more of the latter than the former.

Anonymous said...

Well said Scruffy. This is a blog devoted to a freaking am sport radio station in Dallas. Who cares of people rip on a spare that is part of that station? Ignore it.

Glad you made the comment that you did. Well done.

Guy that runs this website takes himself WAY too seriously.

The Ticket Clock said...

I have an amazing ability to turn over to the ticket right as the spots are ending and the ticker is beginning. I have a ticket clock in my head. Think that makes me a pretty powerful P1

Anonymous said...

It's pretty easy to ignore posts you don't like.