The news media has been rapt lately with stories of an alleged game by young men called the "Knockout Game," in which participants choose an unwitting victim on the street and attempt to knock him out with a single punch. Jon Stewart summed up the media frenzy with his usual deft touch on the Daily ... More >>
As television begins the slow but inevitable conversion from traditional airtime to digital, on-demand services through devices like Apple TV and Roku, the one issue it faces is how to deliver things like local news or live on-air programming like sporting events. For now, if you don't have cable an ... More >>
Lately, a number of my friends have asked the question: should I get rid of cable? Ten years ago, the answer would be yes only if you didn't watch any cable network television shows, at which point you could simply go back to an antennae. With the advent of digital television, that has become a more ... More >>
After 50 years as one of Texas's top powerhouse entertainers, Roy Head calls son Sundance the real star in the family.
If you haven't been paying attention, a very tiny little war has been brewing over access to the ears of people who like to listen to radio online or on their smart phones. I say it's a tiny war because, at the moment, it is. While many of us who love music and like to listen to it a lot will do wha ... More >>
Last Sunday's passing of longtime Houston radio personality "Crash" Collins and our subsequent blog about him brought in some interesting commentary from people who remembered Collins' long tenure at rock radio station KLOL-FM. Collins was one of the first disc jockeys to ditch the formalized ... More >>
"Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?" - Troy McClure A salary dispute is threatening to end one of television's most beloved comedies. The actors who provide the voices for the long-running cartoon hit "The Simpsons" are at odds over a new ... 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 >>
The TV! The TV!Hey America, what did you think of the season finale of The Killing? - S U C K S! Not wasting another minute watching or thinking about this show! - I want 13 hours of my life back! - Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me - A cheap, crappy cop-out. Whoa. That ... More >>
1560AM weaves pop culture, locker-room humor and irreverence into sports-talk radio.
"Traditional radio is as dead as Joey Ramone." Last year, Rocks Off's editor - who will be played by upcoming Celebrity Apprentice contestant Gary Busey for the duration of this article - hauled us into his office and said, "Dammit, With One F! This radio on the Internet thing is blowing up ... More >>
Rocks Off is counting down the Top 5 local music stories of 2010 this week. We have already covered Lightnin' Hopkins, Meridian and Fitzgerald's. In 2008, eight people were shot at Trae Day, a day sanctioned by the City of Houston to honor rapper Trae tha Truth's philanthropic work with the ... More >>
Marco TorresBrandi Garcia and Trae at last week's Trae DaySaturday, reports began popping up that Trae tha Truth, recent celebrator of Trae Day/Houston Press cover man/upcoming HPMA special guest, had dropped his suit against Radio One and The Box. Though no one from Trae's side has been avai ... More >>
Radio meets opera during the Radio Opera Hour
Some Houston TV stations won't go down this road?Music from bad `70s porn and graphics talking about 69 in the bedroom, in the kitchen, in the office, in the bathroom, and how 69 is "the best date ever" -- why would anyone think something like that is nasty?(Unless the bathroom is in some bachelo ... More >>
Simply put, the task before Trae seems illogical. No hip-hop artist has ever walked into a courtroom and essentially forced a radio station to play their music. Then again, no other hip-hop artist has a day named after him in his own city. Interestingly, it was the unfortunate events that occurre ... More >>
Publicists for Trae the Truth sent out a press release this afternoon with the news that the Houston rapper will hold a press conference tomorrow morning to announce he is filing a civil suit against 97.9 The Box parent company Radio One, as well as several staff members of the station, alleging ... More >>
After a couple of days of phone and email tag, Rocks Off was finally able to get in touch with Terri Thomas, program director of 97.9 The Box, regarding the highly rated urban station's reputed ban on everything associated with local rapper Trae tha Truth - songs, mixtapes, in-studio appearances, ... More >>
(Listen to "Halo" here) Texas' two biggest pop divas are currently embroiled in a feud only the media could love. It seems Kelly Clarkson's latest single from her album All I Ever Wanted, "Already Gone," sounds a lot like Beyonce's recent Top 5 smash, "Halo." Turns out there's a good reason for thi ... More >>
Does the U.S. belong with the Axis of Evil?
One of the more interesting bits of music-related legislation to come up recently is the bill known as the Performance Rights Act. Drafted as House Resolution 848, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and co-sponsored by a host of legislators including Houston Dem ... More >>
Photo by faeryboots Last week, I wrote a post about the Rockets lowering ticket prices, and I made a comment about the Dynamo playing in a minor league. And that is a comment that I stand by, though several of you got upset. And the responses that I got were the same as I always get: soccer is th ... More >>
Last week, I wrote a post about the Rockets lowering ticket prices, and I made a comment about the Dynamo playing in a minor league. And that is a comment that I stand by, though several of you got upset. And the responses that I got were the same as I always get: soccer is the most popular sport ... More >>
That lovable scamp Mojo Nixon just played this song on his Sirius XM Outlaw Country shift, and now only God knows when Rocks Off is going to be able to scrub his mind clean of "Pussy-Eatin' Pamela," "Suck-'em Silly Shirley" and a few others he can't bring himself to type. And, in case you are d ... More >>
Sneakily timing things to get overshadowed by the Inauguration, media giant Clear Channel is implementing what are expected to be big layoffs at its many radio stations across the country.A tipster tells us the ax has started falling in Houston, where 15 people have reportedly been let go, and there ... More >>
The latest ratings are out, and there's a bit of a surprise in Houston sports-talk radio -- the fledgling outsider, KGOW, has made a bit of a name for itself.As we wrote about a year and a half ago, Houston is -- very oddly -- the home of four sports-talk radio stations. It's odd because even when y ... More >>
Three things you don't expect to happen when the TV stations are full of doom-ish news about how The Day After Tomorrow is today: 1) The Bolivar Ferry is running, for crissake. 2) The Galveston Causeway is open to traffic. 3) Restaurants in Kemah will be open for lunch. What's next? The Anorexic ... More >>
There is nothing more horrifying than a world without TV, and that’s just what the National Association of Broadcasters hope to drive home this weekend, when they roll a 20-foot TV through the streets of Houston. Dubbed the DTV Trekker, the behemoth has been loosed upon the world to remind people ... More >>
Just in case you had any doubt that Houston is quickly becoming a brown city, check out the latest Nielson ratings. The release from Telefutura – you didn’t even know we had a Telefutura channel, did you? – anyway, the latest release says that according to Nielsen Media Research, the Spanish ... More >>
A new report cuts through the static on the radio industry
City, county officials silence a proposed radio station inside the Dome
Another outpost of crap plops onto the Houston dial, as this open letter reveals
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Larry Gelbart is one of TV's last great writers. So why can't he stay tuned?
If Fox expels Undeclared, blame everyone but Judd Apatow
The government killed TV, and Hollywood's begging it to revive the corpse
Clear Channel wants to cut the indies out of the deal
Clear Channel keeps the air free of insensitive songs
When Fox-TV canceled American High, the network hit a new low
Local Latium Records rides pop Latin wave to success
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.
Beset by budget problems, bereft of substantive local programming, Channel 8 finds itself at a crossroads. Perhaps it's time to put the "public" back into Houston Public Television.