I've listened to the Ticket for quite a few years on end now, and, in many ways, the lot of their on-air hosts and ticker guys and interns now almost feel like an extended, somewhat dysfunctional branch of my own family. You listen to them on the air every day, you laugh with them, you interact with them, and, ultimately, you turn from a dispassionate listener into someone who actually cares about what happens in the everyday lives of the people at the station.
Which is why I've taken what happened to Sean Bass and his girlfriend over the weekend so hard. I don't know Sean on a personal level, I've never met Sean in person, but he's been a regular of the Ticket airwaves for years, we've interacted with some degree of regularity on Twitter, he reads BBTiA and I listen to Diamond Talk, etc. -- my point being, you don't have to be intimately familiar with someone on a face-to-face basis to really hurt for them in the wake of such a senseless tragedy. We haven't met, but he feels far less like a stranger on the radio and more like an old friend. And this sucks. This is awful.
Be well, Sean. You're in my (and many other BBTiA/Rangers blogosphere readers') thoughts right now.