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The New Sasha Fierce

Houston is "Crazy In Love" with drag performer Tyoncé Moore.

Live DJs? On specialty shows

In-Studio Concerts? Occasionally

Mobile App: Via TuneIn

Tyoncé Moore has quickly grown into a "full-on diva," she says.
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Tyoncé Moore has quickly grown into a "full-on diva," she says.
Houston Symphony GM Steve Brosvik (left) and Bun B announcing the "Houston in Concert Against Hate" collaboration last week.
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Houston Symphony GM Steve Brosvik (left) and Bun B announcing the "Houston in Concert Against Hate" collaboration last week.

Local Accent: That's all it is. If you are a local band or musician, Local Live Houston will play your music.

Grade: B-plus. No frills, but none needed.

OPTIMO RADIO

URL: optimoradio.com

Platforms: On-site

Sample Artists: Geto Boys, Z-Ro, 5th Ward Boyz, Fat Pat, Blac Monks, AllDay

Format: Rap, R&B

No. of Channels: One

Extra Features: On-demand radio; "Ram It Or Jam It" challenge; plenty of videos and interviews; new releases available for streaming. Lots of shit.

Specialty Programs? Many

Sweepers/Ads? Ads on site, not on air (that we heard)

Live DJs? Definitely

In-Studio Concerts? One would think

Mobile App? Via TuneIn

Local Accent: Chopped and screwed

Grade: A. If you're looking to keep up with Houston rap, look here first.

ROCK 101 KLOL

URL: rock101klol.com

Platforms: Flash, WinAmp, iTunes, Windows Media

Format: "Active Rock," harder classic rock

Sample Artists: Alice In Chains, Breaking ­Benjamin, Chickenfoot, and so forth through the ­alphabet

No. of Channels: One

Other Features: Puny, somewhat outdated concert calendar; Ultimate Classic Rock news blog

Specialty Programs? A couple

Sweepers/Ads? Yes, including brief life tips from ex-KLOL FM jock Dayna Steele

Live DJs? "Outlaw Radio" weeknights with Scotty Miller; "The Grind" Saturday nights with Tommy D Kat

In-Studio Concerts? No

Mobile App: Yes

Local Accent: Not a whole lot outside Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top, but did play a King's X deep cut ("Cigarettes") while we were listening.

Grade: B-minus. Could be so much more, especially as an extension of the classic KLOL brand. To be fair, is obviously a work in progress.
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Ask Willie D

Unnecessary Roughness
A youth-football coach is getting a little rowdy with his players.

Dear Willie D:

My son's football coach is a nutcase. He has slapped, punched and kicked many of his players. Yes, football is a tough sport, but under no circumstances should any kid — especially a 13-year-old — be subjected to that type of abuse. He has also gotten into physical confrontations with several parents. When parents voice their concerns to school administrators, our complaints fall on deaf ears.

Their lack of followup has a lot to do with the fact that the team has won championships three out of the past four years. Although the coach has not put his hands on my son, he has cursed him. As a mother, I don't want anybody cursing at my child, but at the same time my son can be lazy and I don't want to get in the way of him doing what it takes to motivate him.

I've heard more than one parent threaten to file charges on the coach for assault, but nobody really wants to go that far. Doing so would hurt the football program, and nobody wants to be the reason that the team breaks from its winning tradition. I would like to know if you've ever experienced dealing with an abusive coach as an athlete or parent, and if so, how did you handle it?

Football Mom:

I played varsity football in high school and the coach was pretty average in the physical and emotional abuse department. He would push you, curse you out and call you a sorry bum, but that's about it. Hell, those were pleasantries compared to my mother's actions. My home life made my skin tough, so if my coach flipped out on me, I went harder the next time. But everybody is not built that way.

I like to win. So I don't mind coaches getting up in a kid's face to motivate him. But some coaches take it too far. Because they have poor communication skills, rather than inspiring, they demean and break spirits. The coaches who get away with abuse are mostly the ones who have programs that operate like a secret society. They'll tell you, "Don't tell your parents what goes on here." The less parents are involved, the greater the chance a rogue coach has of operating with impunity.

Coaches have a lot of power over athletes, especially coaches with winning programs and the ones with the ability to influence college and pro scouts. Because of that, administrators and in some cases parents will look the other way. I'm not that smart. If a coach punched or publicly humiliated my son, I might look the other way, but it wouldn't be to excuse his actions. It would be to find something to bust him across his head with.

Ask Willie D appears Thursday mornings on Rocks Off.

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