Mike Rhyner is still calling Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells "The New Jersey Con Man." Rhyner's on-air partner, Greg Williams, is bashing Parcells for missing last weekend's earth-shattering press conference to instead attend baseball spring training. And there are at least enough dissenting Terrell Owens opinions to form a small dog pile.
On its first major Cowboys story as the team's flagship station, KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) stayed true to its tone. Host Bob Sturm gave Owens a decent grilling in his first one-on-one interview as a Cowboy, and pre- and post-press conference roundtables mixed in everything from George Dunham's unyielding support of the team to Williams' assertion that Owens is an "a-hole." So far, concerns about the station cowering to its new master seem to have been exaggerated.
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It's early, but not too premature to appreciate the Cowboys' shift to The Ticket. Former flagship station KLUV-FM (98.7) probably wouldn't have carried the press conference live, much less held a forum or taken calls from listeners afterward. So, how much will we not miss KLUV? As one industry insider told me recently, "They made no effort to be informative on the Cowboys. They were an oldies station that just happened have the Cowboys on weekends." Yikes. --Richie Whitt