The Ticket Takes Over Dallas ESPN Affiliate 103.3

The city’s dominant sports talk radio station, SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket, told its employees today that it will begin operating rival station KESN-FM 103.3, Dallas’ ESPN radio affiliate, the Morning News says. No immediate changes are expected in either of the stations’ lineups.

This seems like big news, even to someone like me, who never listens to any commercial radio and cannot stand talk radio shows of the rambling-host-and-semipro-callers variety. (The ratings suggest that I am very much in the minority among men ages 25-54.)


  • D. Shapiro

    That last paragraph was insightful.

    • Jason Heid


  • Werewolf of Frisco

    Jason, the reason that The Ticket kicks the butts of the rest of the DFW sports radio stations is that they very rarely take calls. Sports is certainly front and center, but pretty much all of popular culture and the news are also in the mix. And the discussion is refreshingly local…

    • Jason Heid

      I’ve heard that about the station — from pretty much every staff member of the D Magazine Empire. I’d say the Ticket’s market share among all of our employees is near 80%.

  • Tim Rogers

    I sent a note to Cumulus honcho John Dickey to see if he’ll explain how this maneuver works. I’ll let you know if I hear back from him. Dude made $5.4 million in 2011. Just FYI.

  • SybilsBeaver

    So they are not just taking over the frequency? they actually own ESPNradio Dallas?

    • Eric Celeste

      They have a local marketing agreement (LMA) to program and run the station. They’ve basically been contracted to run the operations. But it looks like part of that agreement is that they keep ESPN national programming.

  • Jay

    The Ticket is nothing like the last paragraph, which is why it’s so popular.

  • Jim Rossman

    The quickest way to get me to change to another station is to take a call from a listener.
    The last thing I want to hear is some idiot like me on the radio.

    I tune in to hear the opinions of the hosts I respect. I despise listening to the musings of Joe Sixpack.

  • Jonathon Lewis

    Funny. I despise reading your musings here.

  • jack

    Tell me more about you and your elitist radio listening habits please author man.