This is it Michael Irvin is the iconic Dallas Cowboys fanHe assumed the position of general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles.
This is it Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzkiunwilling to play for the Miami Heat.
This is Tom Griff, give up His 55-year legacy with the Texas Rangers To become the fun manager for the Houston Astros.
Contrary to those unimaginable transformations, this one is… real.
It’s Dallas-Fort Worth Radio Patriarch Mike Rayner, who is restless and clears his throat of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame to become an “eccentric” who – unfathomably – vie for listeners against The dynasty that he built in The Ticket.
Several radio industry sources have confirmed the shocking news that will add a third sports talk station to the local scene and force longtime listeners to re-evaluate their loyalty: Rainer is coming out of retirement to be the featured voice in the new 97.1 game The Freak, which will replace DFW’s heritage brand. Eagle”.
The Freak — featuring a lineup that sources say will include Rayner, Eagle Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade, former 105.3 fan presenter Jeff Kavanaugh and ticket refugees Julie Dobbs and Mike Sirois — is expected to start next week, likely on Friday.
Reiner, who abruptly ended his 40-year radio career by retiring from The Ticket on January 6, 2020, did not respond to a text message confirming the move. But he was dropping hints on his social media.
He admitted on Friday that “…begins to air…”
And on Saturday, he injected “freaks” into inviting his followers to watch Tom Petty’s band play at his Dallas bar, Lee Harvey’s.
Kavanaugh responded with a timid nod to “the terrible stuff.”
Ticketesque format for the new station – youth talk that’s anchored in sports but also delve into lifestyle and entertainment – means DFW will once again have three sports talk-back radio options.
Created by Rhyner in 1994, The Ticket has won several National Marconi Awards and maintained a grip on the local ratings for nearly 30 years. Other Matrix glitch in early 2020took control of Cowboys Main Station (105.3 The Fan) and He Was Bullied On 103.3 ESPN On Air In October 2020.
Except for a bizarre three-year tour in 2004-2007 when it switched to an older station called “Sunny” and Spanish “La Preciosa”, KEGL 97.1 FM “Eagle” has been DFW since January 20, 1981. Over the years it has been supported by the likes of esteemed radio voices Stevens and Pruitt. , Moby, Ross Martin, Kid Kraddick and Howard Stern.
Eagle got into the sports game in 2021 when she became the main station for the Mavs (who have been on ESPN for 20 years). But as of Friday, it looks like the eagle will be ditched, to be replaced by The Freak. According to a source, the station will continue to be the home of the Mavs Basketball.
According to domain records, 971TheFreak.com was purchased and registered on September 9.
Kavanaugh, who a source says will host Morning on The Freak, competed against Rhyner in the afternoon while he was with The Fan’s GBag nation. He left The Fan last February, explaining on Twitter that “I don’t have the same love to do the show every day as I once did and want to find that again.”
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While ESPN failed and The Fan is still a minor fiddle away from The Ticket, The Freak is implementing a completely different game plan. While The Ticket is an Alabama dynasty that reloads year after year, The Freak is Bear Bryant’s return to coach Vanderbilt.
Expansive sports franchises don’t often build teams around the age of 72. But Reiner is not just a gray celebrity. He is the founding father of one of the most successful and influential sports radio stations in America.
He invented the man talk format at The Ticket that captured DFW, revolutionized radio across the country, and made him an industry legend. Without uttering another syllable on air, his name will forever rest alongside Dallas radio lead characters Ron Chapman, Glenn Mitchell, Gordon McClendon and Craddick.
Rainer shocked listeners — and even his teammates — when he announced his retirement on January 6, 2020, the same day the Cowboys hired coach Mike McCarthy.
“I don’t have to find my life’s work,” he said in a retirement video posted on Twitter. “It was just like that, and I’m incredibly proud of it.”
But in retirement, Rainer kept busy. remained visible. So I stayed audible.
He launched a podcast called Mike Rayner is your dark companionand interviewing local guests such as former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. Narrated by the previous Dallas Observer Author Jim Schutz’s award-winning look at Dallas’ uncomfortable history of interracial relations: Living. Last March on The Eagle, he was co-guest hosting Ben and skin turns out. He starred in a documentary about his life – Not in this city – During that He met face to face, for the first time in 13 years, with his original ticket extremist Co-host, Greg Williams.
In the documentary, Rainer states sensationally at one point, “Never, ever, ever say anything.”
But nearly three years after leaving The Ticket, Rhyner is back. Playing – amazingly – for a rival team.
In his documentary, Rainer admits “I’m going to miss him so badly…if something happens, that’s great.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week He fears the Philadelphia Eagles. His main radio station will no longer have to deal with The Eagle, but now Rhyner and his new team of Freaks.
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