By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
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Tweaking The Ticket: Kudos to John Gonzalez on his story about the racially overtoned jokes and bits at The Ticket ("Race Riot," July 20). One thing that bothers me about stories about the station is it seems these media members are afraid to completely tell the truth for fear of being lambasted on the station. Never is there a true criticism; it's just half-hearted handslapping.
For The Ticket to say they know what people like and that's why they do it is foolish. In the grand scheme of things, how many people are we talking about that listen in a market this big? Tell me that a station promoting "All racial jokes, All the time!" wouldn't have listeners. It would probably be No. 1 -- but that doesn't make it right.
The reason there's no huge outcry is because we aren't talking about a huge audience, and they know this.
The real story the Observer needs to do is why there's a program director at that station who is afraid of his workers, namely one, Mike Rhyner. He's the true program director. Now that would be a controversial story.
Hateful banter: The "talent" at The Ticket are only doing what cheap radio has been doing for years: attacking the defenseless for higher ratings. Just like the KDGE 94.5 FM morning crew, they hide behind a microphone and attack minorities all in the name of "fun." Interesting how these idiots claim, when cornered, they "make fun of...everybody." Straight, Christian white males are not the victims of hate crimes -- crimes fueled by the notion that minorities deserve abuse, heard via the radio speaker. The media has the responsibility for not spreading hate. I wonder whether James Byrd's family finds this banter amusing.
A wet puppy speaks: I am a big fan of the Observer as well as a P1 (avid Ticket listener) and must protest. The recent article misrepresents the content of The Hardline radio show and Ticket programming. I'm sure only 5 percent of the on-air talk is race-related. Those guys do not pursue race talk, but they also don't shy away from it, and recent topics like the black girl roundtable were designed to get input from those we live with but don't completely understand. The callers are a substantial part of the show, and many blacks called in during the show you referred to. Their views were interesting and useful. I do find it funny that we (white guys) smell like puppies when we are wet. I would also enjoy a follow-up article on Ticket features such as "entertainment news for you" or "muse in the news." They crack me up daily, and I look forward to them as I do to Buzz and in-depth Observer reporting.
Happy to offend you: Racism is, by definition, the belief that one group is superior to another on racial grounds alone. Discussing stereotypes on the radio is not racism. The Davidson collection of songs is not racism. What they are is offensive -- to some people. Offended parties need not listen. This is not state-sponsored or public-funded radio. I believe the problem of the author is that it just bothers him that these guys are getting away with their shtick and that one hell of a lot of people are listening to them and laughing their asses off. I, for one, laughed so hard at the "help me, man" drop during an Elian Gonzalez story, I nearly drove off the road. If the urban and Latino stations want to air the same material, please feel free. I cannot be offended by things I do not hear, and it's just a stupid radio show.
Playing the race card: As a longtime listener to The Ticket, I found it a little odd that you would pick possible racial indiscretions as an issue. It would seem to me that the only one playing the race card is the Dallas Observer. Let's face it, if you want to take issue with The Ticket, there are plenty of places to do it. The first four questions to any female caller are almost guaranteed to be: 1. "How old are you?" 2. "Are you hot?" 3. "What size bra do you wear?" and 4. "Are you married?" What about Gen-X Davey Lane's complete disdain for the folk of Mesquite and Garland? And let's not forget that they let Gordo on the air. I guess those subjects aren't "racy" enough. Are they at times distasteful? Yes. Callous? Maybe. Funny? Almost always. Racist? No.If anything, I've thought that they seem to pander to their minority audience at times. They did a free remote "from the hood" at the constant pleading of black callers. I have to wait until a business shells out the dough to see The Hardline in my neighborhood.
The writer seems to be asking whether this should bother us. The fact that the station appears to have black and Hispanic listener representation should answer it. If they find it funny rather than objectionable, then I don't have to worry. If you believe that maybe the black or Hispanic listener laughs because he knows no better, then you're the one with the problem, and need to check your "PC" at the door.