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The Ticket Named Sports Station of The Year

The National Association of Broadcasters handed out its Marconi Radio Awards last night, and the honor of “Sports Station of the Year” went to KTCK-AM, also known as The Ticket, and also known as the soundtrack to my marriage. This was the little Ticket’s second victory in this category of radio’s Oscars. I think I speak for all P1s (the station’s label for loyal listeners) when I say (in my best fake Tom Hicks voice), “Great success.”

  • Chris Chris

    Pssh.. Those guys are lame. I bet they don’t even pull 6. Totes magotes.

  • jenara

    Wow! and they talk very little sports, I’m not a fan but, Congrats!!!!

  • Jackson

    A word about the namesake of the NAB radio award won by the Ticket. The Italian M.G. Marconi is widely known as the inventor of wireless, but seeing as this blog is about all things Big D, here’s a forgotten bit of history: Marconi may not have been first. It may well have been Robert S. Hyer, the first president of SMU, which is just finishing up its 100th anniversary.

    Before taking the gig on the Hilltop, Hyer served as head of Southwestern University down in Georgetown, where he was both professor of physics from 1882-1911, and regent (what they called president) from 1897-1911.

    Controversy attended his departure. With the blessings of the 1910 General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Hyer attempted to move Southwestern to Dallas, lock, stock and barrel. As Rick Perry would say, oops. This effort caused a major split among trustees and faculty (not to mention townspeople) and brought about his resignation. Later that year he moved to Dallas, where he served as SMU’s first president, from 1911 to 1920. An elementary school in HPISD bears his name.

    Now, to the father of wireless question. Hyer’s scientific writings were widely recognized in his day, and after attending a Harvard lecture series on electricity and electromagnetic waves in 1891, he returned to Georgetown and in 1894 transmitted a wireless message from his lab to the city jail, a distance of about a mile. This experiment was independent of and basically simultaneous with (if not a few months before) that of Marconi a half a world away. Marconi would go on to immediately form a corporation and apply for patents. He later shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Braun for contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy. Hyer, on the other hand, was often knee-deep in academic politics alongside his physics work, unlike the single-mindedness of his Italian counterpart.

    Such is life, luck….and a good business model.

    Of course, those of us who wandered the halls of Hyer Elementary in short pants knew nothing of this fascinating backstory as kids. Many don’t even in adulthood. A pity.

  • Dan Koller

    Exactly. I mean …