Somewhere in college those of us arts and humanities types who were passionate about music, but knew we were not talented enough to perform it professionally, eventually wandered into the journalism school or the student radio station. Everyone else must have wound up in a marketing classroom. Rewi ... More >>
If I have learned anything over the past year at Rocks Off, it's that you guys really, really get heated when it comes to FM radio in Houston. From format changes, myopic classic-rock playlists, and controversial morning hosts, Houstonians care about their terrestrial radio choices. Hell, you do spe ... More >>
Like a wound that never truly heals, the sorry state of commercial rock radio around here continues to be a sore point for many Houstonians. Not a day goes by that several people search for 103.7 FM on the Houston Press Web site -- almost two months after the station changed formats from Adult Alter ... More >>
A few weeks back a blog post by Houston media watcher Mike McGuff tipped us off to the sorta-rebirth of Rock 101 KLOL, in Internet-radio form. Immediately the site went viral and was bogged down with fans clamoring to hear and see what the fuss was about and relive a part of Houston radio history. ... More >>
Critics say KTSU has lost its listeners, not to mention its soul, by ditching its cutting-edge music and many of its veteran DJs.
Critics say that KTSU has a soul that's empty, its "Jazz In All Its Colors" now a potent hue of smooth-jazz wallpaper. In this week's cover story (and accompanying sidebar by John Nova Lomax), current and former DJs of KTSU, as well as the station's lost listeners, talk about the so-called ... More >>
Smooth jazz doesn't equal "Jazz In All Its Colors," say critics of KTSU. And that's why, according to those same critics, people aren't listening like they used to. In this week's cover story (and accompanying sidebar by John Nova Lomax), current and former DJs of KTSU, as well as the stati ... More >>
How many times has this happened to you: You're driving home from work. A song comes on. Drums. Guitar strums. A wimpy voice: "Say, oh, got this feeling that you can't fight..." You've heard this same song three times in 30 minutes, and it bores you to tears. Unlike the imaginary audience th ... More >>
All that's left of The Zone's Web site.Cox Communications has shuttered its fledgling "alternative hits" concept, 106.9 The Zone, and begun simulcasting The Eagle, The Zone's "classic hits" next-door neighbor, on that frequency as of 5:30 a.m. this morning. "The Eagle's Classic Hits forma ... More >>
1560AM weaves pop culture, locker-room humor and irreverence into sports-talk radio.
Chris Baker is baaaackChris Baker, who was Houston's Glenn Beck before Glenn Beck really took off, is coming back to the local airwaves. Yet again. Baker, a superficial blowhard who in many ways -- none of them good -- epitimozes right-wing talk radio, will have a show on State Senator Dan P ... More >>
Updated at 1 p.m. with comments from KTRU station manager Joey Yang. Photos by Brittanie SheySupporters of KTRU rallied on the Rice University campus in August to protest the station's proposed sale to the University of Houston system.As time grows short for supporters of KTRU (91.7 FM) to h ... More >>
Local folk hero is well-rounded, to say the least.
The only other concert in recent months to sell out at a Gaga-like pace has been the perennial Buzzfest, the semi-annual schlock-rock festival organized since 1995 by Houston's "new rock alternative," 94.5 The Buzz. The concert sells out almost every time - like it is Saturday, but you can probab ... More >>
What with Creed reuniting, BuzzFest coming up in a couple of weeks and, hell, maybe even the swine-flu scare - As in: What's worse than coming down with swine flu? A Houston radio that only tunes in 94.5 FM - Rocks Off sure has been thinking a lot about The Buzz lately. Probably too much. I mean, it ... More >>
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Photo through wikimedia commonsHouston has always been a big Rush Limbaugh town -- it was one of the first to sign on to his show, when a small Tomball station run by Dan Patrick picked it up. (Patrick rode that rocket to KPRC and eventually a state-senator gig, much to the chagrin of people who don ... More >>
Change is coming for Houston radio
There was a curious phrase in a USA Today report of the Nielsen BDS, Arbitron and Radio & Records. It's just a blurb, but it speaks volumes if you read between the lines a little. First, Akon's "Don't Matter" from his Konviction CD is still in the No. 1 spot, where it's been now for six weeks. Along ... More >>
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Racket proposes a rock radio revolution. Clear Channel beats him to the punch.
Country Legends 97.1 takes over as the number one C&W station in town
Protesters scream about censorship. The board denounces potentially crippling boycotts. Will the two sides in the Pacifica conflict ever learn that, beneath their shrill cries, they're on the same team?
Residency Woes, Good God!, Organ-ic Giver
Rice University's slow, systematic makeover of KTRU is just the latest example of a college determined to pattern itself after corporate America
Who do we have to thank for Rod Stewart every hour on the hour? This guy, Guy Zapoleon.
The secrets of radio success Repetition. Caution. Repetition. Caution. Repetition.
Every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m., KLAT's Carlos Martinez loves to talk about sex. Many in his Spanish-speaking audience adore him. But not everyone's happy with what he has to say.