In 1994 when 1310 The Ticket went on the air in The Metrosex I was 19, impressionable and full of North Texas juice. I was skeptical at first because Skip Bayless was the morning host and he's well, a jackass. I loved Mike Rhyner from the outset though, tolerated and then later grew to love Greg The Hammer Williams and listening to Chuck Cooperstein in the afternoons was like hearing a Sermon on the Mount speech on sports everyday. (Coop's Jewish but the Jesus reference works so roll with it)... I was an early defender of the station because many people hated all the guy talk but I knew it was gold from the beginning. Straight sports is a niche and you can only go so far doing straight sports. Dudes have wives, jobs and kids and we're into a heck of a lot more than just sports all the time. It's the guy talk that gave The Ticket it's staying power. Who gives a s*** what Corby thinks about a random Cowboy game? I wanna hear about another Widespread Panic venture. To this day, nobody's ever come up to me and mentioned some hot sports opinion of mine... they always wanna know how Jim Bob's doing and did he really eat the entire 3 pound burger at Bikinis. Did he really wear a diaper on the side of 281 and Isom Rd. (yes) How the hell did I land Tita what with my yellow teeth and swollen areolas? Do I really lock the twins in the closet when they make noise in the morning? How close was the lightning that almost killed us at the ballpark that day?
I've been accused by some of stealing 1310's schtick. Apparently Junior Miller himself tore my ass up one time when The Musers were in San Antonio for training camp but I didn't hear it, unfortunately. I don't "steal" their stuff but there's no question you'll hear their influence in what I do. It's the same as going to see a band and hearing that band's influences. The 2 guys who've influenced me the most in what I do are Rhyner and Randy Galloway who I got to interim co-host with for 3 months one year at Mickey Dallas. Those are the guys I grew up listening to. I'm jealous of the hosts at The Ticket. I don't have a co-host, yuck monkey, writer, producer or ticker guy (all of whom contribute to content) and I'm damn proud of the success I've had in the last year doing the program from my home without any help. I would remind all the guys at The Ticket how lucky they are but they all seem like good dudes and I'm sure they know.
To my knowledge, I'm the only DFW kid who's currently doing talk outside of The Metroplex. Certainly one of the few. That's pretty cool. This blog's going long so I'll end it by saying Happy 20th Birthday KTCK. It was that station's influence that inspired me to do this for a living. It's weird to think about it... if not for them I probably don't wind up wanting to do talk radio, don't ever come to San Antonio (and subsequently get the show aired in Austin too) and never meet my wife and don't have 2 of my 4 daughters. Crazy. Stay hard. Keep jammin... and we'll see ya.