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Jub Jam 2018 Preview with George Dunham

Good Causes, Interviews, Jub Jam, Show Coverage By April 16, 2018 No Comments

Galleywinter’s M.O. has always been “Support Music You Love” and that mantra extends to other aspects of our lives, including supporting good causes. Last year we began covering Jub Jam, a charity event put on by George “Jub Jub” Dunham, morning drive radio host of our favorite sports radio station, Dallas-Fort Worth’s “The Ticket” (KTCK 1310 AM, 96.7 FM). It’s a night of live Texas Music and a charity auction, all benefitting The Senior Source, an organization providing medical and other social services to the elderly. Another worthy line up is set with recurring Jub Jammers – Bobby Duncan, Steve Helms, Kylie Rae Harris, and Michael Padgett all performing.  The P1s will get to see The Gordon Keith Band and George’s band, The Bird Dogs will hit the stage before giving it up for headliners No Dry County and Cody Jinks.

Seven years in, Jub Jam has outgrown its previous home at the historic Kessler Theater and hopes to get comfy at its new digs – Southside Music Hall at Gilley’s. Despite being a bigger boat, tickets for the event are scarce, but you can still get your hands on some by going to www.theticket.com.

Last year’s coverage included ALL the Jub Jam, with history plus a slew of interviews from musicians (Flatland Cavalry, Steve Helms, etc.) and Ticket on-air hosts. This year will be similar, so check back in the coming weeks for follow up video, interviews, photos and maybe a failed bit or two.

To kick this thing off, I sat down with George and the good folks at The Senior Source to do a Jub Jam Preview. We talk about the event, artists, special guests, and touch the sports page with random Rangers stuff. Enjoy.

Final Note: our podcast boys from The Co-Write (Bobby Duncan and Donovan Dodd, our own BaD radio if you please) will also be there. Come hang with us on April 19th at Gilley’s and enjoy a great night of live music and help raise money for a good cause.

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Jub Jam 2017 Preview with George Dunham

Jub Jam, Show Coverage By April 12, 2017 No Comments

For 23 years, George “Jub Jub” Dunham along with his co-hosts Craig “Junior” Miller and Gordon Keith (a.k.a. “The Great Gordo”) have been part of a team that redefined sports talk radio. When The Ticket (KTCK 1310 AM, 96.7 FM Dallas-Fort Worth) took to the airwaves back in 1994, “all sports” radio was in its infancy. While such stations existed in other markets, radio execs were skeptical that a format consisting of “all sports, all the time” had staying power.

The Ticket came along and well, it shattered the mold… in a way that I can only describe as an accidental stroke of genius. Rather than sticking to straight-laced sports journalism, it took an unscripted mix of guy talk, wacky on-air bits, sports news and “hot sports opinions” and built a subculture of loyal listeners, a.k.a. “P1s” (“P1” is radio jargon used to specify a station’s primary listener base, but due to its success The Ticket has pretty much hijacked the term. Simply Google “What is a P1?”).  Over the years stations across the country have tried to copy “The Little Ticket” formula but none have been able to find those intangibles that make the magic; so elusive that even the staff couldn’t write the recipe if asked.

But amidst all the in jest crotch kicking that happens between on air personalities, the station culture is one of continuously giving back to the community, hosting various charity events throughout the year – golf tournaments, softball games, the Norm-A-Thon (hosted by legendary DFW broadcaster Norm Hitzges) are some off the cuff examples.

One Ticket charity event bleeds over into our Texas music world, and that would be Jub Jam. Like a lot of us, George Dunham got hooked listening to the likes of Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen and Pat Green. Inspired, he picked up his music ambitions that had been shelved since college and started his own band, The Bird Dogs, who are putting out their third album this summer. George admits, while it’s been fun, getting solid traction with his music has been difficult. So much so that he came close to giving it up, until a chain of events in his life and community shifted his focus to a bigger picture. It was out of those reflections that Jub Jam was born.

On April 13, Jub Jam 2017 will be held at legendary Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff. The music event benefits The Senior Source and features a pretty cool lineup – Flatland Cavalry, Kylie Rae Harris, Bobby Duncan, The Bird Dogs, The Gordon Keith Band, Michael Padgett and Steve Helms.

This was a fun interview and worth checking out. We cover George’s musical journey, this year’s Jub Jam lineup and of course mix in some Ticket shtick.

Check out http://www.theticket.com for more details.

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