Originally Posted by BringBackThatOleTimeBoys
A few years ago, ESPN advertised they don't do a lot of lame potty humor, obviously targeting The Ticket.
And now ESPN does a ton of it. They try to copy The Ticket constantly, and fail miserably. I wish they'd just stick to being an alternative.
The Ticket is being copycatted, unsuccessfully, nationwide. As they like to say, "We can do what they do, but they can't do what we do." They're right.
I'm a more serious sports fan than most, so I do turn over to the ESPN on a busy sports day. Sometimes I don't want the schtict if there's newsy sports to talk about.
But on a day like today, when basketball and hockey are in the dog days of the season and football and baseball aren't in season yet, it's a great time for The Ticket.
It's modeled as a "guy" station, so it's about sports/music/entertainment/girls, mixed in with a lot of jokes. That carries ratings year-round, not just during Cowboys season.
Plus, they have Gordon Keith, whom I'm convinced could be on SNL if he wanted, or at least be a national comedic star. What he does is rare by any standard, and for some reason, he seems to want to keep it local. I'm glad he does. Brilliant, brilliant mind.
The rest are well-fitted, but not in Keith's league. They've known each other for a long time, and you can tell, so the conversations are more natural and organic. ESPN has the typical canned and forced "radio voices", and the chemistry is fake other than Ben & Skin, who grew up together.
Ian Fitzsimmons at ESPN is the epitome of what is wrong with sports radio guys. Blathers on and on about nothing, knows nothing, and just loves to hear his deep voice in the headphones. He's as empty as it gets. ESPN caters to those kinds.