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Other highlights included local folk hero and Hardline co-host Corby Davidson, who did a solo acoustic number that was an ode to the Carnival Triumph fiasco, while board ops Jake Kemp and TC Fleming performed a rap set to Juvenile's "Back that Ass Up." Mike and Cash Sirois took their stage time to take aim at much (deservedly) maligned Night Time host Scott Farrell with a parody of "You Can Call Me Al" that saw them bring out ex-Ticketer Michael "Grubes" Gruber.
After we were treated to Billy Idol's "Flesh for Fantasy" by Gordon Keith, a.k.a. the only man to Between Two Ferns Zach Galifianakis, the crowd was witness to the annual tradition of BaD radio performing a series of commercials that the station keeps in rotation. These included takes on the Chili's "Baby Back Ribs" theme and a performance of the Jerry Jones Papa Johns Rap that was done by the legendary Fake Jerry Jones (Keith doing his best impression).
The night came to a close with a performance of "Sweet Hardline" that saw most of the performers taking the stage to sing along with the crowd's "oh oh ohs." It was a fitting end to a day that saw crowds in the hundreds leave work early to not only see the station's talent perform musically, but to witness a day of shows. Really, it's hard to imagine another station that would inspire people to come out to not only watch them jokingly perform songs, but sit around and do their jobs. Maybe the young man I met on the DART rail said it best: The Ticket isn't just a thing you listen to, it's a life style.
From the notebook:
Mike Rhyner was wearing the greatest t-shirt I have ever seen, with an Elston Howard number. For those of you not in the know, Howard was the first African American New York Yankee and the first to win an American League MVP.
Corby Davidson was responsible for the two funniest slights of the night, as mid-way through his acoustic performance he dropped his lyric sheet and during the Hardline Band's performance he forgot the lyrics to "Keep on Rockin With The Hardline."