Mike Rhyner

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    September 4, 2014

    The Hardline's "Fun With Country Music" is a Brilliant Skewer of Bro-Country Lyrics

    For music writers, it seems like there has never been a lower-hanging fruit than the ascension of bro-country into the mainstream. Acts like Florida Georgia Line are getting near-equal airtime on pop and country radio while selling millions of records. What's worse, they're also influencing a class ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Strong Mayor: Mike Rawlings Loses the Game but Wins the Crowd at Literacy Center Benefit

    Damn. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings got me last night. I resisted, but he got me. Anyway, I finally found the answer to a question that has long nagged me. When he does that affable dumb jock routine? Yeah. He's about to take you for a whirlwind visit to the cleaners. My wife was already falling out ... More >>

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    February 16, 2013

    How a Sports Talk Station May Also Be the Best For Music Fans: A Report From Ticketstock

    There is one radio station in DFW that takes the time to play an interesting mix of music every day. This same station also takes the opportunity to discuss and explore music in ways that all the other stations are sorely lacking. The thing is, this station just so happens to be the area's number on ... More >>

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    August 13, 2011

    A Rambling Item Starring David Seeley, Tango, Gary Myrick, Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns, Mike Rhyner and Lisa Loeb

    Via.Tango and the work of the great Bob "Daddy-O" Wade​Speaking of late, great Lower Greenville venues ...Last weekend the boy and I picked over Paperbacks Plus, where I found a copy of David Seeley's Too Cool to Get Married, a 1989 paperback collection of pieces written for, mostly, Texas Monthly ... More >>

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    April 30, 2011

    From 1971, Supreme Court Justice Douglas's Thoughts on DPD's Raid of Burns's Dallas Notes

    ​That copy of Dallas Notes you see above was loaned to me yesterday by one Mike Rhyner, who, as it turns out, was a contributor to the late Stoney Burns's Buddy magazine way back when. Its pages are brittle; it falls apart when you just look at it. Contained within, on Page 3, is a story headlined ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Today's KZEW Blast From the Past: LaBella and Rody (and Mike Rhyner) on Trial!

    Gosh, it's been ... what ... four whole days since the last mention of The Zoo? But I can't help myself: While scouting the YouTube for something wildly unrelated, I came across this just-posted flashback courtesy one "Walter from Waco" (oh, the memories): an old KZEW-FM TV ad starring Johns LaBella ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    All About the All About Uptown Fest

    Photos by Sam MertenMike Rhyner​Despite the rain early on Saturday, I found myself at the All About Uptown Festival for the third-straight year, and it wasn't until checking out the festival's website just now that I realized it's only the third year of its existence. Not a heckuva lot has cha ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    If You've Ever Wanted to Host a Show on The Ticket, Here's Your Big Break. Seriously.

    ​Whilst combing through the Internets for an Unfair Park item, I just came across this job posting: "Host Ticket Top 10 (Full-time) Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket." No kidding? I called Jeff Catlin, operations manager for Cumulus Radio Dallas, to see what the what -- like, did Chris House get fired? ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Gig Alert: Get Covered With Xerofest at Lee Harvey's on Saturday

    ​You may (or may not) recall a story I did in the print edition a few months back where I chronicled the mass amount of cover/tribute acts that call Dallas-Fort Worth home. Well, several of the acts mentioned in my story will gather this Saturday at Lee Harvey's for something called Xerofest. You ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    What Is On Mike Rhyner's Mind Today? Schutze's Column on Adamson High School.

    If you, like Mike Rhyner, are interested in the historic significance of this Oak Cliff landmark, all ya gotta do is click this.​Earlier today on The Ticket, Hardline host Mike Rhyner brought up two of our favorite subjects: Dallas's demolition of what little history it has left (especially downto ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    Whitt's End: 11.13.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *OK, so let it be known that my buddy and Ticket founding father Mike Rhyner has been/is calling for a Cowboys' appearance in this year's Super Bowl. This, after 14-plus years as president of the a ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Celebrating the Rather Random 36th Anniversary of the Launch of KZEW-FM

    ​Been feeling awful nostalgic for KZEW in recent days -- maybe it has to do with the latest eff-you over on 93.3; maybe it stemmed from catching a vintage clip last week on The Ticket, where someone had dug up Mike Rhyner talking media-league softball way back when. So, of course, I visited The Zo ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Let Me Ask to Speak with the Sportatorium

    Back when I was just a punk - okay a younger punk - there was this show on Channel 8. Best I can remember, it came on Saturday nights at 6:30 and featured station manager Mike Shapiro answering viewers' questions about programming choices, etc. It was decades ahead of its time in yanking back the cu ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Rocky's Road Back to Woodrow

    As we mentioned yesterday, Dallas-born blues guitar great Rocky Hill will be buried today in Hopkins County, with a funeral beginning at 1 p.m. followed by a graveside service. Soon as we noted his death on Friday at the age of 62, Friend of Unfair Park LakeWWWooder sent us this photo of Hill at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Girls 61, Boys 44

    One player wore low-top running shoes and - duh - sprained his ankle. A guy in only a diaper was escorted out by security. And, in the end, the teen-aged girls reduced the middle-aged men to a hapless puddle of fart-and-fall-down. In other words, The Ticket's game against a group of Lake H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Corby Davidson Ain't Going Nowhere

    And neither's Mike Rhyner, which you already know if you read Richie's piece last Friday about how "The Hardline" was awful close to moving from KTCK-AM to the recently launched The Fan located at 105.3 on Your FM Dial. Said Rhyner last week, "It was close. Very close. ... [But] in the end game, I j ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    BREAKING UN-NEWS: Mike Rhyner and The Hardline Staying at The Ticket

    After months of flirting with 105.3 The Fan and coming this close to leaving the phenomenally successful station he almost single-handedly launched 15 years ago, Mike Rhyner tonight reached an 11th-hour contract agreement with Cumulus Media that will keep him at 1310 AM The Ticket for the fores ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Welcome to Training Camp. Er, Paradise

    Terence Newman has a groin injury. I have a really crappy camera. I’ve received lots of suggestions on what you guys wanna know about Cowboys’ camp – How’s Felix Jones look? Can Zach Thomas still play? What’s up with Jerry’s hat? – so the best way to attack this thing is by diving ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008
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    July 7, 2008

    Behind the Scenes: The Making of the Greg Williams Story

    Curtain pulled back in T-Minus 2 days. Local author Jim Dent penned award-winning stories while living a nefarious night life. Channel 8 sports anchor Dale Hansen has been known to have a drink between the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has admitted to smoking pot in coll ... More >>

  • News

    July 3, 2008

    The Hard Lie

    How former Ticket host Greg Williams destroyed the most dynamic duo in Dallas talk radio through drugs, deceit and disaffection

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2008

    Your Weekly (Daily?) Ticket/Ex-Ticket Update

    One's talking. One's making noise about talking again. Sat down with Mike Rhyner a while back for my upcoming (no, really, I swear it is) piece on former partner Greg Williams and stuff. As most of you know, he’s the world’s most stubborn 57-year-old curmudgeon. But when our confab turned t ... More >>

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    March 26, 2008

    No, Wait -- There's Greggo!

    This lovely couple was spotted by the missus just moments ago at Destiny's Antiques, near the intersection of Forest and Marsh lanes -- ya know, where the old Park Forest Theater used to stand way, way back when. (Saw Young Doctors in Love and M*A*S*H on a double bill there in the early '80s whilst ... More >>

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    February 8, 2008
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    January 10, 2008
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    December 21, 2007
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    December 6, 2007
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    December 6, 2007
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    November 26, 2007
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    November 2, 2007
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    June 21, 2007

    Hardline History

    Gordon Lightfoot and Mike Rhyner form an unlikely bond

  • Calendar

    December 28, 2006

    Sump'n Else

    Local rock legends reunite

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    December 6, 2006

    Reviewing the Revue, Part Two (With Audio!)

    Hal Samples Bobby Patterson, front and center, holds court with his new best friends (including organizer Don Cento, back row, fourth from left) Saturday night during the Reunion Tower Revue. Pardon for our taking forever to post some more tracks from Saturday night's Reunion Tower Revue at the Son ... More >>

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    July 27, 2006

    It's "Hardline" Out Here for a Wimp

    Mike Rhyner, left, returns to host "The Hardline" with Greg Williams today. But Greggo all by his lonesome? Not bad, buddy. Not bad at all. Of my experience yesterday co-hosting "The Hardline" on KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket) with the mighty Greg Williams, let me say this: Radio is hard. Very, very har ... More >>

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    July 26, 2006

    That's the Ticket

    Sweet Greggo: This is the man with whom I will be spending five hours this afternoon on The Ticket. I could not be more excited. Seriously. Today might prove a lighter-than-usual day on Unfair Park--gotta prep for my afternoon gig, dig? From 3 to 7 p.m. today, I'll be riding shotgun with Greg Willia ... More >>

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    July 14, 2006

    Power Trip

    Frisco RoughRiders Don't believe Richie when he says Mike Rhyner's more powerful than Buck Showalter? Well, hell, just ask Rhyner. He'll tell ya the same thing. It's a list of the most powerful people in Dallas sports. Say it with me: Pow. Er. Ful. Not the most popular. Nor the most talented. Yet n ... More >>

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    April 7, 2006

    Behind the Music: Courtside

    A few people fell for our Dirk Nowitzki April Fool's prank, including Mike Rhyner and Greg Williams, hosts of "The Hardline" on KTCK-AM (1310, The Ticket), but most people didn't. The song did make its way around the Internet, though, which was good enough for us. One blogger called it the single of ... More >>

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    March 22, 2006

    So Far, So Great

    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 Terr ... More >>

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    March 2, 2006

    Sweet Greggo

    Lots of speculation on the mysterious absence of Greg Williams, one half of The Ticket's "Hardline," the most popular sports talk radio show in town. Seems ol' Hammer has been absent since last Wednesday. His partner, Mike Rhyner, has been extremely vague about the void on the air, and the rumors ar ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2006
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    January 26, 2006

    A Dirty Dozen

    Rhyner's revolution spawns 12 successful years for The Ticket

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Sports Talk Show

    The Hardline KTCK-AM 1310, The Ticket

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Sports Talk Show

    The Ticket Top 10, KTCK-AM (1310)

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Sports-Talk Show

    Pretty much all of 'em on KTCK-AM (1310), The Ticket

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    September 12, 2002


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  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best Sports Talk Show

    The Hardline/Dunham and Miller

  • Culture

    July 20, 2000

    Race riot

    Hosts at The Ticket say it's only a game when they play the race card

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    March 18, 1999

    Talking up The Ticket

    Or: Why The Fake Johnny Oates is better than the real thing

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    September 4, 1997

    Aural Sex

    Holly Mullen meets Dunham and Miller, the radio jocks whose sports talk show leaves Dallas women panting for more

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