Confessor Boo! writes:
I think it's amazing how deep The Little Ticket's talent well is these days. The Shake Joint fills in for the Musers -- no problem. One of the funniest guys at the ticket is a producer 10-Noon. Need someone to fill in for Gordo for the week? No problem, Donnie and Jake can do that. The weekend is full of talent too: M+M, Shake Joint (again), The Sirois[es].
Honestly, you may not like certain people on The Little Ticket but it's hard to deny how talented the whole station is. And that doesn't even go into how they can broadcast a 3 hole golf tourney of first time players and make it one of the most entertaining events on the station in a long time.
I think the ratings reflect all this.
I agree with Mr. Boo!, and I would like to add:
Jeff Catlin deserves a lot of credit for the things Mr. Boo! is talking about. Talent selection, talent pairing, programming, creating (or perhaps only approving) bits like the golf tournament, getting shows out to the Masters (providing several days of unique and fresh broadcasting), knowing when to pull the plug on stuff that doesn't work as well.
Yes, it's the front-line talent that brings in the listeners in, but it takes organization, leadership, and judgment -- and, in these days of uncertain ratings technologies and reawakened competition -- patience, to keep quality high and ears tuned.
No, I'm not kissing Catman ass so he'll do another AMA someday. I don't know the man and have no relationship with him. But I do have some familiarity with the challenges of managing a group of accomplished, temperamental, ambitious and sometimes high-strung professionals and answering to a larger organization for their performance. It ain't easy but when it works, it can accomplish great things. Cliches can be true: Michael Jordan didn't win a thing as a pro until Phil Jackson showed up with his lunchpail and Zen texts.
|"Oh, Jeff, Jeff, Jeff . . . I love John Fahey, I really do, I mean, he sounds so . . . so . . . tasty, and I truly do look forward to replays of BaD interviews with hockey guys -- but please, please, please, bring back weekend-show crosstalk."|