Over at Sports Radio Thirteen-Ten the Ticket, they’ve been teasing a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT for a week. Today was the day.
The announcement? The Little Ticket will be broadcasting the Dallas Stars games starting next season!
I would not have predicted that in a million years. I am not unhappy about it at all. They plan to broadcast all 82 games with a postgame show for all of them and a pregame show for most of them. The Stars site has the details.
I have kind of a love-hate relationship with The Ticket. Everybody on that station infuriates me on occasion. Some infuriate me all the time. But I listen all day. I’m even back to listening to the Hardline now that Greggo is gone.
I’ve also had a love-hate relationship with their hockey talk. When I first started listening to 1310 exclusively, I wished they’d talk about hockey more. Then every once in a while they would talk about it and their lack of knowledge about the game was so annoying I would wish they’d stop talking about hockey.
BaD Radio is excluded from that, though. I enjoy listening to Bob and Dan and Donovan talk about the Stars. I still get irked, but it’s the regular kind of irked where they’re saying something like Brian Campbell is the best defenseman out there and I’m thinking he’s way overrated. (Not saying he’s bad, just that he’s not as good as you think.)
Anyway, having the Stars games on the station can only be good, right? Okay, maybe there’s a con or two, but it’s mostly pros.
-Possibly more Stars talk. Maybe even outside the parameters of a Stars guest’s show.
-Maybe more interviews with more players. I love Brenden Morrow’s show, but I also want to hear from the other players. A lot of them are great interviews, especially on a station like The Ticket, where they’re far from formal.
-We’ll get to hear from Ralph every once in a while now. Before, he had a contract with WBAP that didn’t allow him to be on The Ticket. Which was silly.
-There’s going to be a postgame show after every game, instead of just home games. And a new pre-game show now for some of the games.
-WBAP had a huge range. When I have to drive to Oklahoma or Central Texas I can listen to the game almost all the way. But 1310 doesn’t have that range. Fortunately I almost never take road trips on game night.
I very rarely listen to games on the radio, but I do like the idea of pre- and postgame shows. The Ticket has been doing bits with the Stars for a while, but this will hopefully ramp it up a little bit. The Stars seem like they’re open to bits.
I’ll tell you, I love watching a home game on TV and hearing the AAC DJ playing Ticket Drops in the background. How can it miss?