Local talk radio co-hosts continue UNT support

Local talk radio co-hosts continue UNT support

January 21
00:08 2010

By Katie Grivna / Senior Staff Writers –

When George Dunham entered the lobby of West Hall his freshman year, he planned to major in business and make the men’s golf team.

After meeting Craig Miller, his plans changed.

Flash forward to present day where Dunham and Miller now co-host the Dunham and Miller morning show with Gordon Keith, from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday on KTCK-AM, 1310, The Ticket SportsRadio.

“I just had a blast, I just loved my days at North Texas,” Dunham said. “That’s why I’ve really tried to stay around since I graduated.”

They met and studied radio, television ,and film at UNT and graduated in 1988.

Sunday will mark the pair’s 16th year of hosting the show together.

Learning together

The duo met when they both lived at West hall.

“Only the best live at West, so that’s where we were,” Dunham said.

When he found out Miller’s interests in studying RTVF, Dunham said a light went on in his head and said he thought, “Wow, I can maybe do that.”

Dunham grew up as a huge sports fan and listened to games on the radio often, and he said the major seemed to fit him.

He soon began working at KNTU-FM, 88.1, UNT’s radio station eventually doing play-by-play commentary at high school games as well as helping out at NTTV.

“I feel like I owe a lot to North Texas because they gave me the foundation for my career, my life that I have now,” Dunham said.

Dunham and Miller started a sports talk show on KNTU every Monday night for 45 minutes.

Miller said that the two would trade off on who hosted the show while the other disguised his voice to make sure they always had callers.

“It was good experience. We figured out how to run a show and handle calls and talk to guests,” he said. “I don’t think anybody ever listened but it was fun for us.”

Miller said he enjoyed his time at UNT and would stay on campus during the weekends while everyone else was going home.

“I just loved it,” he said. “I never wanted to leave.”

16 years later

After graduating from UNT in 1988, Miller said he lived in Colorado for a year racing bicycles. Later, he returned to Dallas-Fort Worth and worked at KRLD-AM, 1080, News Radio, where Dunham also worked.

In 1994, they began the show on The Ticket.

Miller said people continue to tune in them because they have a natural chemistry.

“We were friends and roommates before we were co-hosts, so we had a naturally built in chemistry, that we knew each other and had the same sense of humor and that kind of thing,” he said. “We’re not like two radio people just put together in the same room and they told us to do a show.”

Miller said finding the right balance between serious sports talk and goofing around is also what makes the show important.

“I think if it was all goofing around, it wouldn’t be that entertaining to people, and if it was all serious sports talk, it probably wouldn’t be all that entertaining,” he said. “But doing both and finding that right balance, I think is what makes it listenable.”

While they might argue over sports, Miller said they continue to get along.

“For the most part, I think we’re like an old married couple and just kind of know how to deal with each other,” he said. “I don’t think we really get sick of each other, otherwise we couldn’t have done this show for 16 years.”

Coming back to UNT

Dunham became the play-by-play commentator for basketball and football games on the Mean Green Radio Network in 1994 and still is the “voice of the Mean Green.”

“It was a dream someday to maybe come back and broadcast the games — I’ve had a chance to do that,” he said. “I just absolutely love doing that.”

In the future, Dunham said he plans to organize a group of RTVF alumni to help fund the new athletic stadium.

Miller said he tries to attend UNT events and athletic games when he can.

“I find myself so busy down here, I don’t get back up there,” he said.

Once a year, Miller said he loads his bicycle into his car and takes a ride around Denton to look at all the changes and take a ride down memory lane.

Desmond Hunt, an interdisciplinary studies sophomore, said he listens to The Ticket whenever he drives in his car, especially after weekend and Monday night football.

Hunt said he didn’t realize Dunham and Miller met and attended UNT, but the fact that they did shows to him that UNT has a lot of opportunities.

“It definitely shows a future for a lot of students who really don’t know what they want to do or, if they do, shows them how far they can really go because The Ticket is a very big show,” he said.

Whenever he is driving with his guy friends, Hunt said he tells them to turn the radio to The Ticket, particularly if they are arguing about sports so they can see what the radio hosts think.

Hunt said that Dunham and Miller’s 16-year run proves they have a strong sense of determination.

“Not only is it a great chemistry, but it shows that they have a great friendship and partnership,” he said.

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