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The Story Behind the Ticket’s New App

Tomorrow, America’s favorite radio station, The Ticket, will begin promoting a new app called, appropriately enough, Ticket Drops. Now all P1s (and even P2s) can turn their phones into a drop machine. Now you can be your own board op. Annoy everyone in your next staff meeting by repeatedly playing the Tony Romo “football” drop. Or how about nonstop Corby cackling? Fire it off as many times as you like. (If you don’t listen to The Ticket, none of the foregoing will make sense to you. Just know this: there is a funny sports talk station in town. You can use your phone to play some of that station’s funny audio clips.) And now I will tell you how this app came to be. If you care.

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The Ticket’s New Promo Is Pretty Tone Deaf

Yesterday, while driving to our broadcast location to record the latest episode of EarBurner, I was listening to The Ticket, as is my custom. Just before parking, The Hardline went to commercial and I heard the familiar voice of Conrad, the guy who reads all the station’s promo copy. Or most of it, anyway. I forget the first few lines of this particular promo — which I had not heard before — but the part that made my ears perk up was this:

“Bruce Jenner has stopped training, and started trannying.”

You’re better than that, guys. Fix it.

Terry Dorsey, R.I.P.

I’m not going to pretend I listened to Terry Dorsey more than a handful of times over the years. That may be overestimating it. But I always liked him, based on commercials like this one. He had a goofball energy that I appreciated. Dorsey was already missed by his fans and colleagues after his retirement last year. I’m sure they’d just started to get over it when this happened.

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Courtney Kerr Now on KVIL 103.7

Please tell me this doesn’t mean I have to recap a radio show every single weekday. Starting June 23, Courtney Kerr’s voice will come out of your radio from noon till 1:20. The show will be called Courtney Kerr’s Lunchtime Takeover. From the press release:

In addition to today’s top hits from artists including Lorde, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Coldplay, the program will include Kerr’s no-holds-barred observations and opinions about fashion, pop culture, relationships, music and more.

If you’d like to read the entire press release, knock yourself out:

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One Man’s Appreciation of The Ticket

Early this morning, before the sun was up or the coffee was brewed, my 5-year-old son asked me if I knew what day it was. “Friday,” I said, not sure where he was going with this. “Noooo,” he replied, clearly disappointed that today’s significance was lost on his poor, dumb father. “It’s Ticketstock Day,” he […]

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Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Is Talking Trash

My radio dial has been stuck on 106.1 FM since high school.  I’ve been listening to Kidd Kraddick in the Morning since I received the keys to my first car. I listen every morning. Yes, it is different without Kidd, but Kelly, Big Al, J-Si, and Jenna, still make me feel like I’m back in my hand-me-down car; windows are down, bass up, volume set to 10 (that’s loud in my car) pulling into the parking lot filled with Escalades and Mercedes, or what I called, high school.

In reality though, I was listening to the show on my way to D Magazine Headquarters. I took on the job as the research editor back in July. Any D Best project we have falls into my lap (i.e. Best Doctors, Best Lawyers, do I need to go on?)

This morning Psycho Shannon was on talking about her recovery process after doctors found a brain tumor back in November. Sad stuff. Shannon went on to talk about the serious stuff, like her hot doctor (they’re just friends though, because Shannon is gay. Yes, Kelly asked if she was still gay since the brain tumor).

Shannon talked about how great her hot doctor was, mentioning that he was on some “best” list in some Dallas magazine. My head turned to my passenger seat like the imaginary person in the seat next to me knew that Kidd Kraddick in the Morning just indirectly talked about me on the radio. (Well, my job at least).

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Does It Make Sense To Tear Out Downtown Dallas Highways?

That’s one of the questions I discuss with urban planner/Tottenham Hotspurs fan Patrick Kennedy, aka WalkableDFW. Since Jim was somewhere making Tim’s head explode, I tried to run the little KNON show he usually pilots, with varying degrees of success. (I’m fine at the interviewing; the pledge-driving, not so much.) The highlights: Patrick’s well-reasoned arguments […]

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The Ticket Takes Over Dallas ESPN Affiliate 103.3

The city’s dominant sports talk radio station, SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket, told its employees today that it will begin operating rival station KESN-FM 103.3, Dallas’ ESPN radio affiliate, the Morning News says. No immediate changes are expected in either of the stations’ lineups. This seems like big news, even to someone like me, who never listens […]

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D Magazine’s Lame-Duck Editor to Debate the Merits of Dallas vs. Houston on Public Radio

Houstonia Magazine‘s August issue is devoted to 273 supposed reasons that Houston is better than Dallas. The content doesn’t seem to be on their website yet, but I’m guessing all 273 are variations on the benefits of constant high humidity as a skin moisturizer. I’ve been told that Gulf Coast dwellers have dozens of words […]

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Yes, Bernadette Nutall Is a Problem. But So Are the Others on the Dallas ISD Board.

Jim Schutze and I talked for an hour last weekend about DISD: about how Mike Miles actually scoreboarded everyone by year’s end, how you can’t talk about solving problems until you acknowledge the economic issues (89 percent of kids on free/reduced lunch), and how this pain is necessary for systemic change. Schutze railed about Nutall […]

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