A few years ago 971 FM began something called Ticket Text where listeners to the show are allowed to send text to the Valenti and Foster Show along with the other on air personalities.
Behind the vile of anonymity people call Mike and I the worst names imaginable. People string together the worst racial slurs to degrade me and blacks that you can think of. It is not a now and then thing. It happens every day.
The same happens with Mike and his Italian ancestry.
From day one we were told our show was an abortion and that we would last six months to a year. That was 10 years ago.
We were told we would never beat the popular afternoon show Stoney and Wojo on 1130 AM. We finally did that. And that was before we went FM.
We were told that 971 FM made a huge mistake replacing Deminski and Doyle with us. We shattered their ratings and survived. Talkers Magazine named us one of the top five most influential sports talk shows in America.
Now that there is a new sports station in town we are told that our run of being number one in the market for nearly seven years running is about to come to an end. And when that happens we will be out in the streets, out of a job.
But there are 32-34 stations in town. You mean to tell me that if we finish number two or number three we will get fired?
Some how we continue to survive.
The vast majority of people support Mike and I but I wanted to let you in on the dirty little secret of the media. Mike and I are sometimes like Duke, the New York Yankees or the Miami Heat. We do a good job but some people will hate on you because of your success or opinions.
That’s OK. I feed off the people that appreciate what we do. The bottom line is our job is to entertain the poor SOB that has a 45 minute afternoon commute. We are here to entertain the truck driver, insurance man and anybody else whose job is to hit the road to earn a living.
The other day a guy wrote me and said I probably did not care but that he loves me and Mike. I wrote him back and said I do care. Kind words are nice to hear because they remind you that you have supporters out there.