I never thought listeners or programmers would put up with the likes of the Hard Line's 2-minute warning, but, 13 years later, I am wrong. The show is entertaining, but I wish it would focus more on sports, and not dwell so much on death trifectas, E-News, You-Know collections, and What's on Mike's Mind. I'd like to see the return of Microphone Johnson. If I want wall-to-wall sports for the whole show, I turn to Norm, and, for schtick that is more my speed, I go to the musers. As the glorified gym teacher would say, the Hard Line is what it is.
Best Sports Radio Talk Show - 2006
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Mike Rhyner suffered a death in his name. Greg Williams took a mysterious mid-season sabbatical. And Danny Balis walked around crowing about the flask in his pocket. Through it all, KTCK-1310 AM The Ticket's 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. show remained as popular as it is polarizing. To critics, the shallow circus is immature fart drops, time-wasting chatter about personal lives and endless segments based on Corby Davidson ripping headlines from the newspaper. But to its loyal legion of fans--it owns a 3-1 listener edge over its ESPN competition--The Hardline is a perfectly intoxicating mix of locker room and boys' club. From Davidson's uncomfortable questions to Shaquille O'Neal about sucking his mother's teats during the NBA Finals to Rhyner--who no longer responds to the name Rhyner--keeping his anti-Cowboys 'tude by calling Bill Parcells "The New Jersey Con Man," The Hardline's improbable hitting streak lives on. Merkin.