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Clear Channel Communications Inc.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    It's World Radio Day. La-Di-Freakin'-Da.

    Normally, Rocks Off gets all giddy when we get to put together a playlist to celebrate an obscure holiday. However, today is World Radio Day, as declared by last year by the United Nations (the best source of obscure holidays), and it's put us in a foul mood. The reason is that recent automotive mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    App of the Week: Pandora vs. iHeartRadio

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    The Former KTRU Being Added to iHeartRadio App

    According to a report on Billboard.com, iHeartRadio, an online streaming service with a companion smart phone app owned by Clear Channel communications, Rice Radio (formerly KTRU) is one of 14 college radio station being added to the streaming platform in an effort to broaden the company's radio off ... More >>

  • News

    November 18, 2010

    Where's the Rock?

    106.9 The Zone misses The Point.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Cougars Not Getting Respect From ESPN -- Or Their Own Flagship Station (Updated)

    Is this where they got their UH-UTEP announcers from?​I've got an idea for the Houston Cougars. Instead of wasting time going after beat writers for trying to find out health information on players, maybe they should instead use that valuable time for more important things. Like making sure the TV ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    The Opening Day Street Festival Is in Full Swing

    Photo by Marco Torres​It's not just a nice day out -- it's a nice Opening Day. And the street festival in front of Minute Maid Park is already in full swing.A ton of Clear Channel radio stations are on hand, there are interactive games, Junction Jack is walking around, and later this afterno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    "The Sports Animal" Does Some Shedding

    Is one of the myriad sports-talk radio stations in town beginning to blink in their eyeball-to-eyeball-to-eyeball-to-eyeball battle?Clear Channel, the communications giant, swung the layoff ax across the country today, and it hit notably in Houston.The biggest names: Brad Davies and Craig Roberts of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Defending The Buzz: Does 94.5 FM Really Suck That Bad?

    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 >>

  • Music

    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Layoffs At Clear Channel

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Houston Radio's Sports-Talk Battle Goes On

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Houston Radio's Sports-Talk Battle Goes On

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Houston Radio's Sports-Talk Battle Goes On

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Songs Not To Play At Intercontinental Airport's New Karaoke Booth

    So now there's a karaoke booth at Intercontinental Airport. According to the Houston Chronicle, travelers can choose from "hundreds of titles."We got to wondering this morning about what's in their song selections there and more to the point -- what isn't.We imagine that the management of IAH's kara ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    HISD Gets A New Media Guru

    It took a while, but the Houston school district has apparently found someone to fill the shows of departed media spokesman Terry Abbott. The bad news is the new guy comes from Clear Channel, which is the hated monster of independent-minded radio fans everywhere. The good news is he comes from Clea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    KTRH's Joe Pags -- Gone, But Not Far

    If you've been listening to KTRH-AM more than usual because of Ike, you may have noticed a small blessing -- Joe Pags is gone. "Joe Pags" is Joe Pagliarulo, a San Antonio-based radio shouter who ably carries on the choir-preaching duties of all of Clear Channel's local talk-show hosts. He also show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Clear Channel Has The Balls CBS Doesn't, When It Comes To Semi-Controversial Billboards

    File this in a drawer marked Things We Never Thought We’d Say: Go, Clear Channel! The company has agreed to run billboards for the Soldier Billboard Project, which feature Suzanne Opton’s photos of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The billboards were originally slated to be run by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    Houston Radio Stations on the Selling Block

    Some changes are on the way to the Houston radio dial. Earlier today, shareholders of radio giant Clear Channel approved a $17.9 billion buyout by two companies you've never heard of. As part of the deal, Clear Channel will have to get rid of two Houston FM stations, including legendary KLOL.

  • Music

    December 13, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007
  • News

    June 28, 2007
  • News

    October 26, 2006

    Haunts

    They'll scare the crap out of you

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2006

    Not That We Don't Love the Classics...

    Think of all the money you'd save on DJs and koozies... Blame it on the train, but this weekend I was stopped in front of a lumbering mechanical beast of burden when I flipped the station and caught a throaty DJ on The Arrow spouting a promo blurb I hadn't heard before: "Like a giant iPod filled ... More >>

  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    Reach for the Stars

    Astra Heights returns from L.A. with a major-label deal in hand

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Rock Radio (and Rock Romano) Redux

    Bo knows good rock when he sees it. Do Houston radio programmers?

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Radio Daze

    One man, one jambox and four walls. For 24 hours.

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote

  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    Trend-Spotting

    In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote

  • Music

    November 18, 2004

    Adios, KLOL

    For the first time in Houston, Clear Channel makes a refreshing change

  • Music

    November 4, 2004

    Blizzard of Oz

    Dubya, Ashlee and Bill O'Reilly have spun Racket's mind into the twilight zone; also, two local retro-cool institutions bite the dust

  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Horrific Haikus

    Death-metal band names make for fun magnetic poetry

  • Music

    July 8, 2004

    Cruel Summer

    Are we hearing the death rattle of the sheds?

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    What He Said

    Houston's new top cop may bring his own language barrier

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Drat!

    Racket proposes a rock radio revolution. Clear Channel beats him to the punch.

  • Music

    January 22, 2004

    Bash-ing the Bigwigs

    Come Super Bowl week, you can still party downtown, even if you're not very important

  • News

    January 8, 2004
  • Music

    July 3, 2003

    Static on the Dial

    Shady ethics and racism behind the scenes at Clear Channel radio? That's what ex-employee June Garcia Sherman is claiming in a lawsuit

  • News

    April 10, 2003

    Billboard Blues

    Peace signs in Houston get shot at, a group says. What's safe?

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Traffic Reports

    Susie Loucks The KIKK Chick, KIKK/95.7 FM

  • Music

    August 1, 2002

    A Rave Mistake

    Apparently the U.S. Senate has little better to do than hassle the pacifier-and-glow-stick set

  • Music

    July 4, 2002

    Damming the Streams

    The major labels want the Internet to be as arid as the airwaves

  • Calendar

    May 16, 2002

    Bringing Out the Dead

    A Titanic tribute to all the people who died, died

  • Music

    November 8, 2001

    Streamlining the Hit-Making Process

    Clear Channel wants to cut the indies out of the deal

  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Running on Empty

    Local political campaigns struggle to get news coverage

  • Music

    September 27, 2001

    Racket

    Clear Channel keeps the air free of insensitive songs

  • News

    March 29, 2001

    Right-Wing Revolt

    Local conservative talk radio lives to rant again

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    2001: A Bell Mayoral Odyssey?

    Councilman Chris tests the waters against Brown

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Be Positive and Nice

    "Marvelous" test scores

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