Whitt's End: 1.28.11

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Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:

*Sure the Mavs have won three in a row, but they've beaten no one -- Nets, Clippers and Rockets -- and when you blow a 25-point home lead to Houston and have to be bailed out by J.J. Barea, things aren't good.

*Let's not shed too many tears for the Rangers' Michael Young. Yes, his role is being diminished with each passing transaction, but he'll make $16 million each of the next three years. For that kind of cash, I'd take a demotion to Wilonsky's blog boy.

*What does Miles Austin going to the Pro Bowl mean? It means the Pro Bowl is farcical, that's what it means.

*I take no joy in the fact that The Ticket had one of its worst ratings periods in a long time over the holidays. Why? Because -- nope, I won't run from bad news -- Greggo and I somehow slumped in December and are clearly No. 3 in the afternoon sports talk radio race. In Men 25-54 in December The Ticket drew a 4.3, followed by ESPN at 3.0 and 105.3 The Fan at 2.9. As I've said before, I ain't good on radio. But the good news is I just signed a new contract that gives me plenty of time to get better.

*Was at the Dallas Convention Center yesterday afternoon when the NFL Experience opened for business. Saw Drew Pearson, in delicate white gloves, usher in the $25,000 Lombardi Trophy. What? He almost dropped it?!

*Hot.

*Not.

*Last weekend Jason and Brill Garrett had company when they went to dinner at this restaurant on Oak Lawn: A couple named Tony Romo and Candice Crawford.

*Don't understand all this fawning over the stories about Troy Aikman on HBO's Real Sports and in D Magazine. I've seen a couple of Tweets saying the stories "nailed it" on the real Aikman. Really? How do you do an in-depth story on a guy and miss the part about his impending divorce? Some of you will remember back in November when I remarked that something seemed fishy about Aikman. Now you know.

*At the NFL Experience I saw mayors Mike Moncrief (Fort Worth), Robert Cluck (Arlington) and Tom Leppert (Dallas). Moncrief and Cluck strolled around with their wives while Leppert had a posse that must've been at least six guys in suits.

*ESPN's Erin Andrews rips TCU's Nike cleats days before she signs a deal with Reebok. Conflict of interest or just an excuse for all of us to think about her wearing nothing but shoes?

*Do we think a 6-foot-2, 250-pound, 35-year-old generic white dude can kick off his dress shoes and run a 4.86 40-yard dash? Saw that at the NFL Experience, but not sure I believe it.



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pencil
pencil

105.3 The Fan is perfect for those mental midget sycophants from Pleasant Grove that idolized unfunny Russ Martin and his 7th grade boys bathroom humor.

kergo
kergo

Dear RW, Will you please address the visiting gluttony of guests with a speech summarizing the virtues of North Texas? Please tell them WE don't acknowledge Garland (part of Oklahoma), and I have never seen neither a horse in the street or someone waving a gun.

ps-Please don't make any mention of that toilet called Lake Lewisville.

Just Me
Just Me

1. Five hours of RAGE is one or two hours too much.B. Stop taken opposite positions just for the sake of a generic sports argument. It's amateur radio and everyone listening knows that you don't really mean it. If you're not gonna have ratings, at least have credibility.3. I'm glad you stopped reading so many fan texts and are taking less calls.

kYle
kYle

Super Bowl III - Colts 16, Jets 7. Are you effn serious? Arguably one of the greatest upsets in sports history and you fumble the score.

cheapold geezer
cheapold geezer

Read your column and all the comments and none of you amount to a huckleberry in a teddy bear's afterburner. Get a life.

Sports Panties
Sports Panties

The Ticket's ratings slump takes place when all their hosts are on vacation yet, they still destroy The Fail. Nice try P90X Douche.

The Fail signed you to a new contract? That's flushing money down the toilet however, great news for The Ticket.

Karma Kameleon
Karma Kameleon

i've said it b4 and i'll say it again:the show which stood to gain the most by losing an hour was given an extra hour and its painfully obvious that there isn't enough content.the show might work if it was a 2 hr midday show in wichita falls but it aint "BIG MARKET/BIG TIME".

richie, go get your shinebox.shine em up good, b/c i'll soon be dancing on your radio grave and the epitaph will read:

"here lies richie:a face for radio,a voice for print,a mind, like his body, ...underdeveloped"

Jen Engel
Jen Engel

when its all said and done (and it won't be too much longer if the ratings continue to nosedive) the Tardline will go down as the worst show in metroplex sportsradio history.yes, even worse than michael irvin and kevin kiley.and richie whitt will surplant me as the worst sportsradio host of all-time.

luniz
luniz

I totally disagree about Barea. I think it's great to know that when other guys are having a bad night he can drop in 30 points and steal a game.

sirdouglas5
sirdouglas5

I'm an old school guy and not part of the demographics that sports talk radio craves. But I do and have listened to a fair amount of sports talk radio and I do have opinions. To wit:On the Ticket, The Musers is smart, quality radio and keeps me interested for long stretches; I'm a Norm fan, but that's largely because I go way back with him, plus he makes me laugh by just being Norm; BaD Radio is unlistenable. Dan McDowell is incrediblly unlikeable and Sturm is way too pompous; The Hardline still has its moments, but Corby is terribly miscast as a host. He was great as a yuk monkey.On 103.3, I'm still amazed by Galloway. He's pretty much the only real journalist on local sports talk radio. Plus, he makes me laugh. But, again, like with Norm, I go way back with him and I can relate a lot the things he says and his delivery to shared experiences from the past. Mosley is a lightweight and doesn't do it for me. Same with Tim McMahon. Cooperstein is bright and knowledgeable, but too defensive about the Mavericks. I do like Elfenbine and hope his show has staying power.As for the Fan, it's just not on my radar. Richie and Greggo try, maybe too hard. For one thing, Richie just doesn't have any pizzazz as a radio personality.

1st time, long time
1st time, long time

the Fan should focus on using its 100k watt signal to appeal to small towns south & east of here since its simply not working in DFW.its unphathomable that their #s are so bad.this is the equivalent of having erick dampier's size, but like damp, u have toaster hands and cant play.like having the dong of lexington steel, but cant get it up.im not sure i can explain how having 100k watts as your ace in the hole in a top 5 market and cant do better.100k watts should get you a 5 on accident.its ALL about the hosts.

the flagships of any radio station are its drivetime shows and the Fan's drivetime shows are its weakest.the numbers show that the best show on the station time & time again is newy ever since he got rid of richie.

josh & elf have a chance to strive, but they are saddled with an instant punch out called lacy gee.

lastly, i know some think bruce gilbert is a PD genius.let me remind you that while he was PD @ ktck they were alrdy an unstoppable, dominating force.his sole stroke of genius while there was hiring dan mcdowell and pairing him with bob sturm.the quintessential definition of caretaker qb.i wonder how handcuffed is bruce by cbs in regards to having the ability to unload on air "talent" as in order for him to save that station, it MUST be done.

Rooster
Rooster

Hint for radio....whenever you're stretching to make up content to fill 5 hours...it wreaks of desperation, people notice, and tune out....

For the love of god, you bring up Josh Hamilton having the sniffles almost as much as the Tardline talks about Bob Dylan. Pick a topic and do your best to turn a non-event into a story if you're that desperate for material, but let it go eventually, dude.

PPM dont lie
PPM dont lie

signing a new contract is irrelevant. k-104 just took their lead morning drive host and demoted him to overnights due to ratings. its not all your fault, richie. you obviously need ALOT of polishing. yet, you were given (yes given) pm drive solely for resurrecting greggo in hopes that greggo could draw listeners. sadly, its not working. greggo lost his fastball just like josh hamilton lost his immune system...blame the drugs. the deal is bruce shouldve paired greggo with a lead host and not someone who needed a yr or 2 working wknds to learn the ropes. i try and try to listen, but its god awful. it sounds like the highschool students on KEOM @ times. the ratings show 2 transplants in gavin & gregg were better and they didnt have the benefit of a rangers world series appearance.

while he may be extremely westcoast generic (way too much jim romeish), dawson has something.gregg was worthless and thats why he was jettisoned to jagger.jagger's show is where failed hosts go to die.

the problem with the station in general is that there is no one there being honest with themself and no one in mgmt is giving the hosts, screeners, and producers an honest assessment.but guess who is giving your station an all but too honest assessment?the listeners or lack thereof.

East Texas P1
East Texas P1

I usually listen to 105.3 now that Cumulus has quit streaming The Ticket on AM1700. That is the only channel that really broadcasts out to East Texas. Now that channel is streaming 570.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

It certainly seems like the Hardline upped their game slightly in recent months. But they still slip into quick derailments or get caught up in old people rock too often. I stopped bothering switching to The Fail as an alternative, I just hope Galloway is mellow for the time I need to bail on The Ticket. We all know the Musers can't be touched, but give me something better than Golic's ego and references to playing 20 years ago when they're on break.

Greggo is genuine, but everything else about RAGE is fake. It's radio personas and pretentiousness and trying too hard...it's basically the radio equal to a 30k millionaire who lives in Addison and leases a BMW and thinks Blackfinn rocks. The real Richie is probably a good dude worth listening to, but radio Richie seems to have taken over and tries to scoreboard the world. The Ticket works because the guys are genuine.

--Mavs definitely still have issues. Don't want Barea at crunch time after February. Someone claimed Iggy was a given though...

--Your Micheal Young point sounds alot like all our MY points yesterday now. You're already Wilonksy's blog bitch getting paid too much as it is.

--Trying to care about Pro Bowl...not happening.

--You getting a new contract proves terrestrial radio is run by morons and Stern was right. Also proof the Observer should look at solutions to your shitty writing. Over/under on you working weekends at KISS? 2 years.

--We don't care where Romo ate. But I did notice you shill a link in there. You're a hack.

--I don't remember you saying anything about Aikman in November nor do I care. You had time to do that between going down on Garrett?

--I don't believe for one second you recognized any of the majors.

--Why can't dudes in their 30s be fast? Didn't you claim you could outrun a bull or something?

Wow, I was kinda pissy. Can't wait for pitchers and catchers to report, I'm looking forward to the baseball season. And I really want to see 127 Hours. There, ending on a positive note.

Gary
Gary

TCU isn't the only team that has slipped alot on grass fields. I assume Nike was the culprit then as well. Knight must've crapped when he saw his Ducks slipping all over the place with his shoes.

Mishon
Mishon

I'm all for kicking RW in the nuts from time to time, but god damn...the constant talk about The Fan sucking and The Ticket being supreme is getting really tired. NEWSFLASH: The Ticket sucks ass and all of the hosts are so cocky its unbearable to listen to. The only reason many of their listeners still tune in is b/c people are creatures of habit. They have been listening for years, so why stop now? People don't like change.

Also, even if you listen to the Ticket, isn't it nice to have other options like ESPN and The Fan? Something to switch over to during breaks or when the Ticket has something bad on? Why wish failure on other choices?

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Whether you mailed it in, or need help with the blog, it's Davy's turn:

* I think JJ showing what he's got is a good thing, Richie Whitt. It certainly can't hurt.

* So now you're taking Sam Merten's stance on Michael Young? Get a clue, or an original thought.

* Not saying anything new regarding the Pro Bowl. Yawn.

* "But the good news is I just signed a new contract that gives me plenty of time to get better" And it gives Ticket lemmings like us more time to ignore your show and more time for you to mail this blog in each and every day.

* Drew Pearson almost dropping the trophy? Meh. Meh. Meh.

* You've even become lazy with your hots 'n nots.

* So Tony Romo shouldn't play golf, basketball and now you're making a big deal about him going to dinner?

* "Some of you will remember back in November when I remarked that something seemed fishy about Aikman." Dude, all I remember is you mailing this shit in and thumping your chest when you get lucky and hit on something. You're probably just jealous that you didn't get a chance to write about Aikman.

* You're also probably jealous that you don't have a posse of dudes in suits following you around.

* Who cares what Erin Andrews has to say? Really.

* I believe a generic white dude can run fast just as much as I believe you mail this blog in.

* Grow your hair out and see if your dates go from doing puzzles to doing chicks.

* I don't know enough about Jimmer Fredette to punch you in the nuts on this one.

* Agreed about Starplex.

* Do be a stranger? I always am.

Easychord24
Easychord24

Methinks the holidays and the fact that every show on the Ticket was on vacation could attribute to the dip in ratings. Don't get too excited. The Fail is still clutching to its 17 listeners and 17 line-up changes.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Always gloating about something...congrats to the Ticket and ESPN on your new contract. They have no worries in afternoon drive for a long time!

Kergos Ass
Kergos Ass

Touche my ass is here first..haven't seen the rest of me though...

Dkisgay
Dkisgay

There is no plan to make mention of you, either. You dumb fuck. Go put on your favorite bride's dress and take a wedding day shot to the mouth like the gay douche that you are.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You'll never be as bad as Greg Hill was, Ball.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Nice post. If Gilbert was a genius he'd realize that keeping the girls on the air is worthless. I finally heard that Lacey is a holdover from the other formats, so why exactly should she get air time on a sports station? I'd imagine the same is true for Sybil. Hear Lacey make football picks wasn't even funny because it was so damn pathetic how clueless she is.

BSG
BSG

"I don't remember you saying anything about Aikman in November . . . " Hey, douche, he even gave you a link to look it up.

You're a simpleton's simpleton.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

--I don't believe for one second you recognized any of the mayors.

Corrected. Good thing I didn't get paid for that.

Fake Conrad
Fake Conrad

Yeah because entertainment value has absolutely NOTHING to do with it you blithering moron. I'd just rather give into my habits than be entertained. Stop posting on this blog R.W. Hammer Mankowitz!

Give Me the Strechmark Chick
Give Me the Strechmark Chick

Mishon, when you say we all have other options, it would be nice if we actually had good alternatives, but we don't, that is the fundamental problem. It is very ironic you say The Ticket hosts are cocky, as compared to the likes of Galloway, Greggo, RW, etc, The Ticket guys are Ghandi's of local radio. I will say, Josh Lewin may be the most humble of any local personality, he is likable...don't know about how good he is, but likable. So, it is very possible that you are right, The Ticket could, in fact, suck...but they're certainly the tallest midget in the room. And blantantly copying them w/ inferior talent is not the way to beat them.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

If Richie is going to stay in character of being a pompous ass, then so am I. I seriously doubt Richie is like this in "real life", or at least I'd hope that he isn't. I'm not a jerk in real life either. Also, Josh and Elf get my attention every day, and RAGE actually has me in the 2-3pm hour.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I wanted a quality alternative to the Hardline very badly. Galloway being arrogant doesn't always cut it depending on the subject, and his lackeys aren't very good. But every time I try to listen to The Fail when the HL sucks, it's Spagnola or Richie being a douche or Sybil sucking it up or rehashing of crappy blog posts or drops that Grubes's shits could do better at. I do listen to Josh and Elf when BaD is being annoying, and I like them. But drive times are still gawd-awful.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

I agree that the host vacations probably played the biggest role in the reduced Ticket numbers over the holidays.

kergo
kergo

Very, very nice-that scorching wit, that subtle nuance........the Kerg's will take this as a SHOOOUT out from the masses. Quick question: does moms know your on the computer? Cause she gonna spank dat aaasss. Welp, I guess "specials" need dat computer time also. Although banging on a computer and staring into space isn't really computer time, it's just, really, ummmm-time?. Well my flaccid meat flanger, go into that good night, you go into that good night and capture thine heart worthy of sodden love, and then when the medical staff gives you the meds-just veg. Get it-veg! He he. Welp, bottoms up, I'm on my way to the mountains. BTW, we just got a new Walmart at Exchange and 75 and the Kerg's really likey. likey much. Kind of a new concept; you ask them where stuff is, and they tell you! Toilets-clean. Staff-waiting to serve. SHELVES......STOCKED, with product (Plano Walmart take note!)! I had to go outside and make sure it said Walmart.

ps-daddy always said two things before his demise:

-you cain't shine a turd (cain't....why do you people insist on saying cain't, warsh and acern? I've lived here for 30 years and I still don't understand the dialect. No wonder people think we still drive horses.-you cain't sell product if it's not on the shelf....nuff said.

Kergo
Kergo

nice touch, you are clearly a genius.....BTW, they need you back at the checkout stand-breaktime is over.

1st time, long time
1st time, long time

i believe there is a cbs radio mandate which requires sybil & lacey to stay employed. thats no joke either.

Mishon
Mishon

In my opinion, for the most part, I think the Ticket does suck. I probably listen to it the least out of the 3 sports stations. That has not always been the case though...I used to listen all day, but with the combination of me getting tired of the hosts on the Ticket and having other options...I have strayed away over the past couple of years. But like I said, I don't want the Ticket to go away. I like having them to fall back on and I do still prefer the musers over the other 2 station's morning shows.

I also don't get a cockiness vibe from Greggo or Richie, if they are then I guess it just doesn't stick out like it does from the Ticket hosts. Everyone on the Ticket comes across as so smug. Do they not realize that we made them what they are? Also, I can't get past all of the homo nicknames all of their hosts have. The old gray wolf? The cobra? It's just so fucking lame to me, always has been.

Notgreggotcu@aol.com
Notgreggotcu@aol.com

He actually is a nice guy in real life. The two or three times I've seen him, since I apparently frequent the douchie places in Addison, he was a cool guy even though I know he wants to punch me as hard as he can with his little hands.

By the way Richie, I disgraced myself doing the NFL experience stuff. 4.79 40 and 27 inches on the vertical. I'm so out of shape I turned my right ankle landing after the vertical jump. My offer still stands to quit sending youy insulting texts forever if you beat these numbers.

Mishon
Mishon

I agree that the things you mentioned about RAGE are annoying. If I was in charge of Programming I would fire Sybil, Spagnola and Armen...and I would tell RW and Greggo to stop with all the obviously fake arguements. I want to know their real opinions, not fake ones just to create a debate. I do like things about their show though and I am glad it's on. I want the Ticket, ESPN and the Fan to be around for a long time. I like having all 3 of them to choose from, that's all I was saying.

give me the stretchmark chick
give me the stretchmark chick

If RW/Greggo (speaking of stupid nicknames, "RAGE" might be worst show name in all of DFW radio, something about it doesn't work, then "extravaganza" is bad...as a former marketing manager, I'd say "RAGE" would be a good segment name, not show name...but I digress) had a lead dog, they could definitely make a run at Galloway. RW would make a great yuk money, but they need a Dunham or a Miller...Galloway would even work maybe.

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