105 The Ticket has changed formats. My primary place of writing since November of 2013 is gone. There will be no Wake Up Call this Sunday.
The Ticket was still around when I left my house for Target Field on Friday. At 3:00 pm 105 The Ticket became 105 The Vibe. It’s been chaotic for me — even if I knew the the change was almost inevitable once Bob Sansevere, Mike Morris and Ben Holsen were let go — but I have some understanding of what’s now, so let me clarify a few things.
First of all, The Ticket is a classic hip-hop station.
It’s not a huge surprise given that B96 became K-TWIN (now GO 96.3) a few years back, and iHeart Radio’s Hot 102.5 has taken off despite a weak signal. Cumulus, iHeart’s competitor and operator of KQ92 and 93X, has better reach with their 105 frequencies: 105.1 is located in Lakeville, 105.3 in Cambridge and 105.7 in the cities. The Ticket wasn’t performing, so a change had to be made. The Vibe should be cool.
Secondly, Cold Omaha is not going away.
Cold Omaha is our writer group at 105 The Ticket. We look go beyond the day-to-day beat reporting — something that is already done very well in the Twin Cities — and try to look and how and why things happen on the field. We’re more into longform, .gifs and the like. Analysis, human interest stories, podcasts: It’s all here.
We’ve got Sam Ekstrom, our producer, radio host, and Vikings, Gophers and Twins writer. Brandon Warne is sabremetrics expert. Luke Inman can break down the Vikings defense and is a draft guru. Zach Bennett has a unparalleled understanding of basketball and covers the Wolves and Lynx.
Don’t want to dig that deep? Chris Schad brings a layman’s perspective.
Zach Wright was our associate producer at the Wake Up Call and covers Gopher football; Sam Gordon is a college and professional basketball expert. And of course we have Nic Hallett, who covered Wild hockey for us last year, co-hosted The Wake Up Call for a while and is a soccer aficionado.
Michael Knight, who had a show from 2-3:00 pm when The Ticket first launched, and I worked to form this group in case The Ticket changed formats. We plan to keep it together, and the people at KQ92 and 93X have been accommodating, allowing us to write on their website for the time being.
We’re more than writers though: We have podcasts, are venturing into video and hope to find a way to broadcast in the near future. Everyone brings something unique to the table, and we seek to continue to provide that despite the format change with the 105 frequencies.
Just to be clear, there will be no Deadspin article from me this time; no “105 Ways I Got Screwed Over.” Why? Because I didn’t get scammed this time. This is radio; this how it works. Everyone in this business will tell you that. I wish Cold Omaha could have had more of a presence on the air, mostly because we have such a talented group, but we’re young and unproven. The people here took a risk already by giving on us giving us a three-hour show.
I feel we delivered, but it took time to come together. I joined The Ticket with no previous radio experience, and I came away feeling comfortable with the medium — I only hope our other writers felt the same way. For me personally, as a kid who grew up listening to KQ92, to record podcasts in the same studio that the KQ Morning Show is produced in was a nice perk. It will be cool writing for their website.
Change isn’t a bad thing. I would love it if The Ticket were still around, it was a good run, but it’s over now and thankfully we still have a role at the station. Keep following us. Keep reading. And as always, feel free to reach out. I’ll be around. Cold Omaha isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
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