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Laura Miller needs Paul Coggins' job. She does all the work and leaves the door open for people to judge for themselves. The government should pay her.
Betty J. Culbreath
Editor's note: Ms. Culbreath is director of Dallas County's Health and Human Services Department.
You, sir, are my personal hero. I am an attorney who has been a P-1 (OK, maybe a P-2) since the inception of The Little Ticket. Before Rocco came to The Ticket ["Talking up The Ticket," March 18, and Buzz, March 25], I had never been irritated enough to call or write to complain about anyone or anything. Finally, one day last fall, I became so disgusted by his regular presentation that I began discussing my thoughts with friends. Surprise of surprises, my loathing was shared by them.
Emboldened by our solidarity, I spent about an hour composing a measured e-mail to Ticket boss Bruce Gilbert complimenting him on The Hardline and the Musers and discussing the Rocco problem and my thoughts regarding the ultimate solution. I received a nice e-mail back thanking me for the note, but saying, sorry, you don't get Rocco, 'cause he's catching on.
I was out of town on Friday when Rocco apparently went off on his show, but caught part of the rerun on Saturday morning while taking my 15-month-old daughter for our regular Saturday Mickey D's excursion. Needless to say, she almost got carsick as I drove through the neighborhoods for about 15 minutes. Then, after our meal, I caught some of the Rocco-Gordo conversation on my way home. Wonderful stuff. Then, yesterday, Rocco was gone.
I have been trying to find out how and why Rocco's head was lopped off. You have to write a follow-up column and take full credit where credit is due. Give us all the gory details.
You have performed a great service for the citizens of North Texas and the free world. You are a great American, and I hope you win the lottery.
Editor's note: We appreciate the kind words, but take no credit for Rocco Pendola's firing. According to Ticket Program Director Bruce Gilbert, Pendola's contract simply wasn't renewed by the station, as reported in last week's Buzz column. Gilbert adds that Pendola's firing had nothing to do with Robert Wilonsky's March 18 Balls column, "Talking up The Ticket."
Amazing, isn't it? That what is arguably the city's sports gem, the Dallas Stars, get so little air time on The Ticket. The only retreat we had from some of the most moronic, naive commentary on the NHL came from Rocco during the noon-3 p.m. time slot on The Ticket weekdays. So what do the "geniuses" (note sarcasm here) do? They decide to axe Rocco Pendola.
Now what is our option? More mundane talk about the so-called "great game" and spring training by one of the most mediocre sports radio duos on radio--The Hardline? No thanks. It's pretty bad when one of the members of that team, Mike Rhyner, starts off a conversation with Dallas Stars coach Ken Hitchcock with the following: "You know, I don't know a lot about hockey, but..."
Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. Credibility goes out the window before he finishes his first sentence. Face it, people, The Hardline wouldn't know a hockey puck from a doughnut.
I wasn't exactly a Rocco disciple, but he sure knew a heck of a lot about the game of hockey, and I respected him for that. He knew about upcoming trades, how to correctly pronounce players' names (unlike other sports jocks on that station), and provided keen insight into the game. Show your support for the Dallas Stars and the NHL by turning off The Ticket.
From now on, the only time that AM gets on my stereo is when I go to WBAP-AM (820). At least it has Chuck Cooperstein, and he pays some homage to the NHL, though not to the same extent as Rocco.
I couldn't agree more with your article, and it appears its words may have been heeded by the executives at The Ticket. Rocco Pendola is nowhere to be found. It's truly redemption for those of us loyal listeners who are forced to listen to Dr. Laura or Rush between noon and 3 p.m.
As a P-1, I hear Robert Wilonsky's name quite often referenced for a variety of reasons. I even heard you over the air while in Florida. It sounded like you were having a good time. And that is what The Ticket is all about.
You mentioned that the programming could be described as somewhere between ESPN's SportsCenter and Howard Stern. Rocco fell closer to Howard, and I think that was the problem. I never listened to Howard when he was on The Eagle. I didn't feel the need to have my emotions thrown all over the place that early in the morning--hysterical laughter followed by complete nausea. With Rocco, it was the same rollercoaster, just in a different time slot.