After 25 Years It’s Just The Ticket


On Thursday, January 24, Sportsradio 1310 and 96 7 FM The Ticket, will mark its 25th anniversary on the air in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Ticket will celebrate the milestone by broadcasting live from Texas Motor Speedway Ticketstock 25 on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, at the Plano Events Center in Plano, TX. The free event is open to the public and will feature live roundtable discussions with hosts from The Ticket, with special guest appearances from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday, by sports legends Troy Aikman and Jay Novacek. Gates to Texas Motor Speedway Ticketstock 25 open at 12:00 Noon on both Friday and Saturday. 

The Ticket signed on to Dallas-Fort Worth airwaves on January 24, 1994, as DFW’s original All Sports radio station. In the 25 years since, The station has won three National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Awards as America’s Best Sports Station. 

Dan Bennett, Regional Vice President, Cumulus Media-Dallas/Houston, said: “The Ticket has blazed a trail for the format across the country with its unique blend of sports talk, lifestyle talk, commentary, and comedy delivered by the most outstanding lineup in sports radio. Both The Musers in morning drive and the Hardline in afternoon drive have aired on the station since day one, and the ‘newcomers’ to the station, BaD Radio, Norm Hitzges and Donovan Lewis, joined The Ticket 20 years ago. It is a first in DFW radio to have a station in the same format with the same key on-air talent in all timeslots for 25 consecutive years.”

Jeff Catlin, The Ticket’s PD for the last 16 years and Cumulus DFW Operations Manager, has been with The Ticket since its launch in 1994. He said: “When the Ticket went on the air, the so-called ‘experts’ said we wouldn’t last six months. Here we are 25 years later, thanks to the huge ongoing support of our audience and community partners, and the dedication, work ethic and talent of our on-air staff and programming and promotions teams. The Ticket is a special place and I feel honored to be the PD here as we celebrate this milestone and share it with everyone who is passionate about The Ticket. We look forward to a great weekend with our listeners.”

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