The Ticket's Gordon Keith Is Now the Second Best Newspaper Columnist in the Country

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Stanton Stephens
Non-journalists don't understand how hard it is to be a newspaper columnist. It takes years, sometimes decades, of ink-stained toil in drab newsrooms. One by one, the hacks fall by the wayside. Only a select few have the talent and perseverance to be admitted to the pantheon and allowed the privilege of putting their opinions out in the world.

Or maybe not? According to the American Society of News Editors, the second-best columnist in the entire country is Gordon Keith who, as of 18 months ago, was the house funnyman on an unapologetically sophomoric sports radio show on KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket, and now is the house funnyman on an unapologetically sophomoric sports radio show on The Ticket and an award-winning columnist for The Dallas Morning News.

See also: The Ticket's Gordon Keith Talks About the Creation of His Funniest Radio Characters

The prize Keith narrowly missed out on was the ASNE's Mike Royko Award, named for the famed Chicago columnist, which "recognizes excellence in writing by an individual that expresses a personal point of view." He lost to Kevin Cullen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe reporter.

This proves two things, neither of which are exactly "news." One: Gordon Keith is an excellent columnist, even when he's writing about being pudgy. Two: The American newspaper column -- like the American newspaper industry -- is in a dreadful state.

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32 comments
catmarie47
catmarie47

All the guys on the Ticket are entertaining to say the least, with the exception of Norm Hitzges(sp), he's a BEATING to listen to.

John
John

Baby arm!

Whip
Whip

I would like to know more about Mr. Keith's personal life. He keeps his cards very close to his chest.

Fred-dorfman76
Fred-dorfman76

I listen to the Ticket quite a bit.  The Musers are easily the worst show on that station.  Hacky 1980s style morning zoo radio.  Fake Jerry is mildly amusing as best but the rest of the characters I've heard are just awful.  I just don't get the fawning over Gordo.  Extremely overrated and not once made me laugh.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Only listen to the morning show because of Gordo and his ability to bring something to the table other than sports, sports and more sports. Particularly enjoy his ability to point out the idiocy of many religious and political news stories.   Also enjoy him pulling others off-sides during discussions.   But he really needs to give up interviewing, it's just painful.


Though have to say when I first read about the award thought it was the asinine award.

GatoCat
GatoCat

I was introduced to him here in the DO. At first I read all of his articles, trusting in the Dallas Observer to not trick me by publishing bullshit (silly me). Gradually I read less and less of each article, but still hoping, I guess, to be pleasantly surprised with something worth reading eventually. And finally, I gave up. Imagine my surprise to discover he's making a living as an entertainer! (Cue Cheech and Chong: "I'm not into... um... "AM", man." "Well, it's 99,999,999 on your radio dial!" "Yeah, man, I'll, uh... I'll write that down."

timdickey
timdickey

Never heard The Ticket, don't give a damn about sports, but discovered Gordon Keith's column a while back and was amazed. He's a really gifted writer, and i always look forward to reading what he has to say. Great writing in newspapers is so  rare these days.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

First recognize the diff between commentary and reporting.

Then give him his due.

but remember that the sad state of the news biz is the failure of reporting, not commentary. Or maybe the replacement of reporting by commentary.

GAA214
GAA214

That guys articles are lousy.  

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Um yeah, Eric he sued to write for the little freeby paper that DMN put out..he's worked for DMN proper for 18 months.


When is your left hand? Baby Arm to you and yours Gordon!

BigDave
BigDave

Nestor.

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Nestor.

MargaretHuntHill
MargaretHuntHill

Am I reading this right?  Gordo's stature in column writing proves how low the standards are?  Geez.  Someone order Eric some Prozac.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Corby is still ten times funnier. Gordo is a self important guy that injects himself into every conversation. Junior saves that morning show from the boring George and the self important Gordo.

boogerleo
boogerleo

You dont listen enough and dont have a clue what comedy is! Go back to WBAP!

ruddski
ruddski

@bvckvs

When you use the term "gun violence advocates", are you referring to the American film industry, urban hip-hop artists, or both of these liberal democrat voting blocs?

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

@ozonelarryb  More complicated than that. It's the failure of experience, expertise, critical thinking, training and more, and impacts every facet: reporting, writing, editing, copy editing, commentary, beat work, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@GAA214 They are not articles. Maybe that's why you don't enjoy them. You don't know what they are.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@P1Gunter First time I've ever heard someone say that Corby is funny or for that matter has any kind of talent.

Voot
Voot

@P1Gunter Gordon is just Dallas' 21st Century Big Hair.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@P1Gunter To the extent Corby is funny, it is unintentionally so.  But I will admit that his broad and consistent ignorance of just about every subject matter is somewhat entertaining.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

@P1Gunter P1G, you need to head over My Ticket Confession with your hso's on Corbles..he takes a beating in the comments.  I listen all day, so I don't agree with it starts at noon..but to each his own, and stay hard brutha!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@P1Gunter  we all have our own tastes and favs at The Ticket, but Gordon without a doubt is a wonderful writer that connects to his reader.  

Jamal4
Jamal4

@P1Gunter  "Junior saves that morning show."  Holy fucking shitballs I've heard it all now.

jeffreyallendaigle
jeffreyallendaigle

@P1Gunter  And that's why the show works: the balance of all of them.

Fred-dorfman76
Fred-dorfman76

You're right maybe I just don't get the nuanced comedy genius of characters like Riby Paultz that everybody around me thinks is so great.  The hacky jokes are just so above my level of comedy understanding.

More power to Gordo if it's funny for Dallas.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Don't quit there. Add the vicious cost cutting by mgmt and the resultant fear, which begets spineless editorial policy......

And the outsourcing of stories to unqualified, dumbing down the content and subsequently the readership.

But don't get me wrong, I'm not bitter.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Oh he is a great writer. And I do enjoy Muse In The News. But otherwise he is not a good broadcaster. To me The Ticket starts 12-7. The shit beforehand is just that, shit.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@ozonelarryb  I blame cable news 24 hour nonstop age of outrage blather.  Only PBS (less and less) and Al Jazeera still try to do long form in-depth news reporting (occasionally 60 minutes still does).

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