Friday, December 21, 2007

One more Greg Williams vs. The Hardline post

I listened to Rhyner and Corby's dissertation on the "State of the Presentation" this afternoon, and feel compelled to give my two cents on it. Not that anyone cares what I have to say, but when has that ever stopped me?

The boys spent a rather awkward segment trying to explain what has happened and what will be forthcoming on The Ticket during afternoon drive. Unfortunately for them, and for us, this situation does not, in any way, lend itself to full disclosure. Starting with (I presume) HIPAA constraints, then working its way into contract termination, cease-and-desist orders from Greg Williams' lawyers, and non-compete clauses from Cumulus, there's very little that can be said publicly. Which places the on-air staff at The Ticket, and Rhnyer and Co in particular, in a very difficult position.

The Ticket has achieved its staggering success, in large part, through its open-kimono on-air policy. No one gets away with "non-disclosure" and, as a result, we, the listening public, get let in on all sorts of behind-the-scenes tom-foolery. It's fun to be part of the club, and The Ticket has always rewarded its loyal listeners with an all-access pass to the clubhouse. If you're a fellow P-1, you know what I'm talking about.

In this case, however, the clubhouse door is firmly shut, and has to remain so due to the aforementioned legalities. With tens of thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands, I have no idea) of people listening in, there's no such thing as a "little" slip-up. Given that, I was somewhat surprised Rhyner was willing to talk about the subject at all.

He and his cohorts did talk, but didn't say much. They were less emphatic than I was yesterday about the now-certain divorce from the Hambonita, but Rhyner did acknowledge that Greg Williams' time on the show is at an end. He went on to inform us a new voice would be added to the afternoon airwaves, which did surprise me. I thought it a done deal that Corby Davidson would continue in the co-pilot's seat. Likely he will (Rhyner did say he felt Corby is the number 2 guy), and perhaps a Richie Whitt or Robert Wilonsky will join as a few-segment-a-day add-on. Or perhaps Kevin Scott will become the new third wheel. Or perhaps someone not yet heard will become a new yuk-monkey. We'll have to stay tuned to find out.

And I will stay tuned.

I suspect many of The Hardline's loyal listenership, myself included, feel somewhat left out, which is not what we're used to from our afternoon drive companions. However, given the factors in play in this situation, I have no suggestions for the station as to how they could have handled it any better. Bitter divorces, with lots of back-story and baggage, which certainly seems to describe what's going on here, are painful, messy, and fraught with legal landmines. When they're carried out in public, in front of the masses, they're even worse.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I thought it had to do with his drug addiction and letting it affect his work, punctuality at work, etc...